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Shivalingappa Rudrappa Kanthi, popularly known as S. R. Kanti, was the Chief Minister of Karnataka (then, Mysore State) for a brief period in 1962. He hailed from Lingayat religion in Hungund in Bagalkot district (formerly Bijapur district) in the northern part of Karnataka. A member of the Indian National Congress (INC), he served as the Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly from 1956 to 1962. Kanti was Chief Minister of the State for a brief period of 96 days in 1962.[1] Later, as Education Minister in the S. Nijalingappa Cabinet he was instrumental in the establishment of Bangalore University and Kittur Rani Chennamma Sainik Schools.[2]

S. R. Kanthi
6th Chief Minister of Karnataka
In office
14 March 1962 – 20 June 1962
GovernorJayachamarajendra Wadiyar
Preceded byBasappa Danappa Jatti
Succeeded byS. Nijalingappa
Personal details
Born (1908-12-21) 21 December 1908 (age 110)age 110 years, 273 days
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Maribasamma Kanti

His centenary celebrations were held in 2008.[3][4] He belongs to Banajiga sub-sect of Lingayat community [5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Maharaja administers oath to then CM S.R. Kanti". Mnc World.
  2. ^ "Guiding Spirit". Kittur Sainik School.
  3. ^ "S.R. Kanti remembered". The Hindu. 22 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Former CM S R Kanti remembered". Deccan Herald.
  5. ^ "NewsKarnataka". NewsKarnataka.
Preceded by
B. D. Jatti
Chief Minister of Karnataka
14 March 1962 – 20 June 1962
Succeeded by
S. Nijalingappa