Mysuru Dasara


Sri S.M.Krishna

The former Chief Minister Sri S.M. Krishna, who has also served as External Affairs Minister will inaugurate the famous Mysuru Dasara Mahotsava -2021 atop the Chamundi Hills on October 7. He has contributed immensely to the development of the state and the country by initiating various welfare and pro-people projects and programs. S. M.Krishna, son of S.C. Mallaiah and Thayamma, hails from Somanahalli village in Maddur Taluk of Mandya District. He was born on May 1, 1932. He holds the degree in BA, BL and MCL (Texas). He married Prema on April 29, 1964 and the couple has two daughters. He completed his Bachelor’s in Arts from Maharaja’s College, Mysuru and obtained a law degree from University Law College, which was formerly known as Government Law College in Bengaluru. S. M.Krishna studied in the United State of America, graduating from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and The George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C, where he was a bright intellectual student. Soon after his return to India, he was elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in 1962. He worked as an International Law Professor and Lawyer at Sri Jagadguru Renukacharya Law College, Bangalore from 1962-68.

Political Career: Born into a rural farming family, Sri. S. M.Krishna has set a new milestone in the political arena. He was initially a member of the Praja Socialist Party. He then became a member of the Assembly in 1962-67. He was involved in the Commonwealth of Nations in 1965 as India’s representative. Elected as MP from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency in 1968-70 and re-elected from the same constituency in 1971-72. He was a Member of Parliament from 1972-1977. During this period, he was the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Parliamentary Affairs. He was then elected to Lok Sabha in 1980. In 1982 he was in the Indian delegation to the United Nations.

        He was Minister of State for Business Accounts in 1983-84 and Minister of Finance in 1984. He was the Speaker of the Assembly from 1989 to 1992 and the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka from 1992 to 1994.

        He then became the KPCC president in 1999 and was elected as the 16th Chief Minister of Karnataka on May 11, 1999 until May 2004. He then served as the Governor of Maharashtra until 2008 after the Chief Minister’s term expired in 2004. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 2008-2014 and the External Affairs Minister from 2009 to 2012.