Manmohan Attavar
Born12 July 1932
Karkala Karnataka, India
Died12 December 2017
Occupation(s)Plant breeder
Known forIndo American Hybrid Seeds
ChildrenTwo children
AwardsPadma Shri
Rajyotsava Award
Dr. M. H. Marigowda National Award
ICA Golden Jubilee International Award
ISF Award

Manmohan Attavar ( 12 July 1932 - 12 December 2017) was an Indian horticulturist, plant breeder, writer and the founder of Indo American Hybrid Seeds (IAHS), an organization engaged in scientific plant breeding and horticulture.[1] He founded the enterprise in 1965 and the organization, headquartered in Bengaluru, has grown to include 9 regional centres across India.[2] He has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Commerce and the Federation of International Seedsmen, Switzerland and has been a director of the National Horticultural Board.[3] He has co-authored a book, Floriculture : technology, trades, and trends, which was published by Oxford and IBH Publishing House in 1994.[4]

Attavar is a recipient of several awards such as Dr. M. H. Marigowda National Award, APEDA Award, Golden Jubilee International Award of the International Chrysanthemum Society, California and ISF Award.[citation needed] The Government of Karnataka awarded him the Rajyotsava Prashasthi in 1991.[1] He received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award from the Government of India in 1998 for his contributions to the field of Horticulture.[5]

Attavar was married to Mamtha who has since died, leaving him with their two children.[3] Subsequent to her death, he donated a women's theatre block to CSI Lombard Memorial Hospital, Udupi and the hospital has named the facility as Martha Mamatha Attavar Memorial Block.[6]


  1. ^ a b Hari Har Ram; Rakesh Yadav (2007). Genetic Resources and Seed Enterprises: Management and Policies. New India Publishing. pp. 335 of 984. ISBN 9788189422653.
  2. ^ Sunil D. Purohit (2012). INTRODUCTION TO PLANT CELL TISSUE AND ORGAN CULTURE. PHI Learning. pp. 258 of 324. ISBN 9788120346772.
  3. ^ a b "Managing Director - Indo - American Hybrid Seeds". Bangalore Best. 2015. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Newly-Built Ladies Theatre Block to be Launched at CSI Lombard Memorial Hospital". Daiji World. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 24 October 2015.