Prof. Venkata Subba Setti – An unsung aviation hero from Mysuru

Did you know that India’s first aviator was from Mysore? In this article, Dr. Anantha Krishnan M. throws light on the contributions of Prof. Venkata Subba Setti who has been featured in ‘Modern Review’ magazine in 1912 under the title: ‘The First Indian Aviator.’

Till a few years back, Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, more famously known as JRD Tata, was reckoned to be the first aviator from and of India. However, there has been another claimant to bag the distinction of being India’s first aviator and this man was from Mysore. He is Prof. Venkata Subba Setti, born at Shivarampet.