churumuri records with regret the passing away of the Kannada critic and columnist H.S. Krishnaswamy Iyengar in Mysore on Friday. He was 89 years old. A longtime columnist on matters economic with Praja Vani and Sudha, HSK wrote every week in Star of Mysore.
Admirers recall his “discipline, prolific output, and encyclopedic knowledge in the pre-internet/ Google™/ Wikipedia era”. The University of Mysore had decorated itself by honouring HSK with the honoris causa a few years ago.
In many ways, HSK was the typical old-style Mysorean: a full-sleeves shirt buttoned at the wrists but tucked out, simple leather chappals, and for a true man of letters, a residence in Saraswathipuram. Rest in peace.
Photograph: courtesy Datta Peetam