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Kannada Research Institute (KRI)


Kannada Research Institute (KRI) is one of the oldest research institutes of Karnataka. It was established at Dharwad in October 1939 by the then Government of Bombay along with the Deccan college(Post-Graduate and Research Institute), Pune, Maharastra and Oriental Institute of Vodadara, Gujarat to study and conduct research on regional history and culture. Since its establishment the KRI has carried out the research on Kannada Language, Literature, History, Archaeology, Epigraphy, Art and Architecture, Numismatics and other allied subjects in the large Bombay Karnataka area which was practically neglected and left to itself.
KRI started functioning with the name Kannada Research Office (KRO). It’s Museum was in Karnatak College in the beginning. In 1940 it was shifted to Ubhayankar Bunglow, Saraswatpur and in 1947 again it was shifted to Dharamahal, U.B.Hill. But these buildings were not in a position to fulfil the needs of KRI and its Museum. Hence a plan was prepared to have an independent building and it was sent to the Govt. of Bombay. At the same time, in the year 1949 Karnatak University was established at Dharwad and the unification of Karnataka also took place in 1956. Soon after this event, the Bombay Government handed over the KRI to Karnatak University on 1st November 1956.
Since its establishment the KRI has remained the only Institute in North-Karnataka which has served as a real source of inspiration to the scholars to undertake research. It has also been active in creating awareness among the common people about the ancient culture of Karnataka.

An awareness of tradition is the guiding principle of Man’s contemporary consciousness and his notions of the future. The wider the activity of exploring, collecting, interpreting, exhibiting and publishing and analyzing the primary source materials that creates this awareness, the greater is the possibility of each individual in society developing his personality and becoming aware of the traditional culture of his environment. In the light of the knowledge thus obtained, the individuals find ways and means of refining the life at the present and shape the future of the society and communities.

The roots of our history and culture are extensively found on the surface of earth as they lie at the depths of it. Their study, teaching and research should not be limited to making notes in the library and publishing. There has to be a systematic exploration of the inscriptions, Sculptures, temples, coins, manuscripts and other antiquities which constitute the roots of our history and culture. An interaction and dialogue with the people living at various levels, a collection of the details of local legends, traditional practices, beliefs, identification of important ancient settlements of people, analysis and publication of the life ways of people who have lived at various stages of the past are the need of the day. Special lectures, seminars, workshops where these issues are discussed and reviewed has to be a supplementary activity. This process has to be continued. This enables individual and society to develop a sense of awareness, attachment and pride about the tradition.

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