itihaasa chronicles the history of Indian IT

from the installation of the first modern computer in India sixty years back to charting IT's spectacular growth in the country to crystal-gazing into the future.

Read Kris' blogpost on itihaasa - history of evolution of Indian IT.

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itihaasa chronicles the history of Indian IT. itihaasa is more than an homage to the past or a nostalgia tinged walk. It is a narrative of triumph that has brought us to the present and a missive of optimism for the future.

The success of Indian IT changed the way the world perceived India - from a land of snake charmers to a nation of smart & technology savvy people - and inspired an entire nation. Today, the success of Indian IT is inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs.

We have captured the history of this seminal journey in the voices of forty four extra-ordinary protagonists who crafted the success of Indian IT. For who better than the people who made history to tell us about it.

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itihaasa Process

We interviewed 56 leading luminaries of Indian IT for itihaasa. We followed a two step process with each interviewee:

  • A semi-structured, conversational in-depth research interview
  • Followed with a structured video interview published on itihaasa

Each published interview has been broken into smaller sections, with each section tagged on the dimensions of Time, People, Organization, Technical & Other Terms and Place.


Patron & Program Conceptualization
Kris Gopalakrishnan

Program and Research Management
Krishnan Narayanan & Dr. N. Dayasindhu

Acknowledgement is made for the permission to reproduce content from their archives

Cyber Media India, The Times Group, Business India Group, TIFR Archives,
IISc Archives, IIT Madras Heritage Centre, Infosys Archives

S.S. Oberoi, Prof. T. P. Rama Rao