Kolar iyers or Ashtagrama iyers-an Introduction
They bare also known as Devarayasamudram iyers and speak a mixture of Kannada and Tamil. Being a border district of Andhra most of them also kow Telugu. .They are supposed to have migrated to Karnataka 500 years back from Kundur agraharam of Kanchipuram.All of them belong to the Vadama subcaste of Iyers.They have settled in 16 villages of KOlar district of Karnataka , deva samudram being their largest settlement. There are Shaivas as well as Vaishnavites among them ,
They follow a mixture of the customs of iyers of Tamil Nadu and also the Smartha Brahmins of Karnataka, They follow both the Solar as well as Lunar Panchangams and celebrate festivals following the Lunar calendar.
The villages of Ashtagrama are ,on either side of Palar river in Kolar, Bangarpet and Mulabagal taluks of Karnataka state. Even though a very small community they have made a mark and there are very emininent personalities among them in almost every field of endeavour. The world famous Historian Sri Ramachandra Guha Indian politician V.S.Krishna Iyer (Once MP from Bangalore) , the world famous photographer Sri T.S.Satyan, Shatavadhani Ganesh Actress Soundarya and the famous writer and cartoonist Regret Iyer belong to their community. They also maintain a face book page Ashtagrama Iyer's
Please see a funny video made by the Ashta grama iyers settled in USA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmAEd0Wpn80