Late Dr. T. Thimmaiah, Ph. D (London), who was aslo the chairman of the Southern Regional Council for Technical Education for six years was instrumental in granting permission to start new polytechnics and engineering colleges in the southern states. He was the Vice President of ISTE for two terms and was the Director of School of Mines, K.G.F. He was also the Director Board of Governors, Regional Engineering College, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh. He served as the member of the Advisory Committee of Regional Engineering College, Calicut, Kerala. He was a member of the Joint Board of Mining Education, New Delhi, Dr. T. Thimmaiah was the (Member Director of the Board of Management of BGML at K.G.F.). He was responsible for development of in-house expertise in mine management. He served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Shimoga District and as the Additional Secretary in the Department of Agriculture and Horticulture, Govt. of Karnataka.As the Chairman and Director, he was responsible for the rapid all-round development of Mysore Minerals Limited. He was also the Managing Director of Karnataka Diary Development Corporation, and during his tenure he established Mother Diary to supply milk for the entire Bangalore City. A lesser-known fact of Dr. T. Thimmaiah was that he was a good cricket player and had represented Mysore in Ranji Trophy and played against visiting teams viz., M.C.C. West Indies, Australia and Sri Lanka. He had attended the World Reunion of 50 years passing of graduates at University College of London. He was the author of the book "Coal Resources of India".
Dr. T. Thimmaiah was also a Freedom Fighter and his entire freedom fighter pension had been earmarked to grant scholarships annually to poor and meritorious rural students of institutions belong to GVET.
Before his demise, he was awarded the Priyadarshini Indira Gandhi achievement Award 2011 for the year 2010 for his outstanding contribution in field of education by International Peace & Integrity Society.
Dr. T. Venkat Vardhan as the founder of DNA Entertainment Networks Pvt. Ltd has put Bangalore on the world music map. It all started with a vision to successfully conduct an event on a scale akin to those in overseas markets, which gradually paved the way to all that DNA stands for today: excellence, leadership and innovation.
Venkat was born and educated in Bangalore. A student at St. Joseph’s Boys High School, Venkat later went on to do his Mechanical Engineering at the UVCE in Bangalore. As an avid sportsman, he has played Shuttle Badminton at the University, State and National levels and was also the Karnataka State champion in 1980. Today he is an industry legend who started showcasing events in the late 80s, his first mega concert being the group Europe in 1988, which was the first of its kind in India that drew in over 60000 people. With India's economic liberalization in the 90s opening easy access to foreign exchange and travel, Venkat proved his credentials with the sell-out Bryan Adams concert at the Brabourne Stadium in 1994 followed by the Yanni concert in 1997 that pitched him into the global league of concert organizers. Since then, DNA Networks has handled not just rock stars but also high profile VIPs such as Ex US President Bill Clinton.
Venkat’ as he is fondly called by his friends and associates, started his career in Advertising at an early age. His desire to carve a niche in promotions urged him to develop Event Management as his forte, a field that was relatively new in the 1980s. However, with his unending commitment he was able to evolve strategies and events that caught the attention of prominent clients in India like Pepsi Foods Limited, BPL Limited, Deutsche Bank, Hindustan Lever Ltd, Standard Chartered Bank, Zee Network, Reebok India Company, The UB Group, American Express, Britannia Industries Ltd, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Channel [V], Levis, Bacardi Martini Ltd, MTV, NDS, Canara bank among others who engage the production and marketing services of DNA Networks. The company had also acquired various rights from overseas to bring in International Artists and present quality live entertainment. In his plush office surrounded by rock memorabilia - including dozens of guitars signed by some of the world's greatest guitarists and mementoes/awards - Venkat declares his ambition to become a major player in the concert circuit of Asia in the years to come.
His work and contribution to the Event Management industry saw him being elevated as the President of the Event Management Association of India under the aegis of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He also serves on various National Entertainment Committees representing the live music industry.
Sri. HOS Keshava Murthy, S/o N Obaiah, born on 3rd January 1969 in Jammapura Myasarahatti, Thoranagatte, Jagalur Taluk, Davanagere Dist. Completed Master of Arts in English from Bangalore University in 1998 and completed M.Phil in 2008 from Sri Vekateshwara University, Thirupathi.