Shridhara Kakkilaya and Sarojini

Shridhara Kakkilaya was a renowned advocate in Kasaragod. Brave and forthright, he was a role model for his generation. He was actively involved in the Karnataka Ekikarana Movement for the merger of Kannada speaking regions of Kasaragod into Karnataka state. He was also the Trustee of Sri Siddi Vinayaka Temple of Madhur for many years. Shridhara Kakkilaya married Sarojini from the renowned Uchila family. The couple have 13 children, 11 girls and 2 boys. All of them are known for their academic brilliance. Shridhara Kakkilaya passed away on February 7th 1980.

Dr. Lalitha and Dr. Shankaranarayana Bhat

Lalitha was the eldest daughter. Fondly called ‘Lalli’, she was a very popular medical practitioner in Kasaragod. With her doctor husband, she owned the Prashanthi Nursing Home in the heart of Kasaragod. Lalitha was also well known for her literary activities and wrote many books, the novel ‘Aparajitha’ being one among them. She was the first President of the Kasaragod chapter of Kannada Sahitya Parishad. She passed away after a brief illness in February 2005. The couple have one son, Vijaya Sai who is now a medical officer.

Dr. Prabha and Dr. Jayaraj

Prabha has recently retired as a Senior Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology after a glorious teaching career at Christian Medical College, Vellore, in Australia, and at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore. Dr. Jayaraj is now working as a Senior Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore after working in prestigious institutes in Vellore and Australia. Their daughter Sandhya is a MA BEd in special education and learning disabilities from Columbia University. She is married to Shanker, an engineer and MBA, now working as General Manager at South African Shipping Corporation in Tanzania

Vishnu Kakkilaya and Sathyavathi

Vishnu Kakkilaya is a mechanical engineer and owns a fabrication factory at Vidyanagar, Kasaragod. He is the Vice President of Kerala State Small Scale Industrialists’ Association. He is fondly called as ‘Jinna’ (supposedly so named for his stubbornness as a child!). His wife Satya is a Gold Medal winning graduate in Botany. The couple have a son, Shridhara and a daughter, Divya. Both are software engineers.

Usha and Rajagopal Rao

Usha was a graduate in Science and she married Rajagopal Rao of the renowned Das family of Kuthethoor near Mangalore. He is a chartered accountant, now retired and settled in U.S.A. The couple have three daughters, Maithili (done MA), Maya (done MD) and Meera (done BSc BEd). Usha died after a brief illness.

Aruna and Ramesh

Aruna is a science graduate and Ramesh is an engineer. Ramesh worked as senior engineer in Indian Railways and Director in Railway Board. He is now working as Chief Engineer in an overseas company at Sharjah. Aruna worked as a teacher in Delhi and as a regular Kannada News Reader at All India Radio, New Delhi. The couple have two sons, Madhukar and Prashanth. Madhukar is a BTech, MBA working in Ahmedabad, his wife Mayuki is a MBA. Prashanth is an engineer working in Dallas and his wife Shilpa is a chartered accountant also working in Dallas.

Sudha and Shankaranarayana Hebbar

Sudha is also a graduate in Science. Her husband is a well known advocate in Kundapur, an active member of Dakshina Kannada Sahithya Parishad, a journalist of repute, past district governor of Rotary and is well known for his oratorial skills. The couple have two sons and a daughter – Raghunandan, Shrivatsa and Swathi. Raghunandan is working in the US, Shrivatsa is a practicing lawyer in Kundapur and Swathi is a MA in English and married to Prakash, an electrical engineer working in Dubai.

Dr. Subraya Kakkilaya and Pushpa

Dr. Subraya Kakkilaya is a very popular medical practitioner in Mandya and owns the Prashanth Nursing Home as well as Mandya Diagnostic Centre at Mandya near Mysore. He is a very good painter too. His wife Pushpa is a graduate and is an efficient administrator of the hospital. The couple have a son, Harish who is also now a medical graduate. Thier daughter, Megha, is a keen student of Bharathanatyam and has won many laurels; she is now studying journalism.

Meena and Gopalakrishna Bhat

Meena is a post-graduate and worked as an officer at Karnataka Bank. Her husband is now Chief Executive in Avasarala Automobiles in Bangalore. The couple have a son, Hemanth.

Shyamala and Gopinath

Shyamala is a post graduate in English language and is a well known English teacher at Karkal. Her husband is a popular advocate in Karkal. The couple have a son and a daughter, Ashwin, a computer engineer and Madhuja, a student of medicine.

Shashikala and Dr. Shivananda

Shashikala is science graduate and is an officer at Karnataka Bank, Kasaragod. Her husband is a renowned anaesthesiologist in Kasaragod. The couple have two sons, Gautam, who is studying medicine and Rahul who is in junior college.

Tara and Narayanamoorthy

Tara is a Chartered Accountant and is working in Bangalore along with her husband who is also a chartered accountant. The couple have a son, Deepak


Annapoorna is an advocate at the Karnataka High Court


The youngest daughter Amritha lived in Kasaragod with her mother and elder brother Vishnu. She passed away on the 20th of June 2002at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal.

Author: Kakkilaya