Shamaiya Iyengar, son of Vasudeva Iyengar, was one of the ministers during the time of Hyder Ali, originally from Sulkunte, near Budikote in Bangarpet. He received a sanad (permission/grant) from Tipu to run the sante (weekly market) at sulkunte in 1793. He was also minister for communication posts and police during Tipu Sultan's time. It is believed that Tipu ordered him to be blinded, suspecting political conspiracy. It is believed that Mir Sadik, the chief traitor responsible for the fall of Tipu in 1799, had earlier prepared a false list of traitors to make political gains. Shamaiya fell victim to this. Also,as from Gidwanis book Tipu forgave Shamaiya when Shamaiya's son defended against the English during the last Anglo-Mysore War, dying due to a gunshot to the chest.Bhagwan S. Gidwani, The Sword of Tipu Sultan ISBN 8129114755 .
Shamaiya's brother Ranga Iyengar was also a highly placed officer under Tipu.