Foundation Stone of Bhavan Karnataka by Lal Bahadur Shastriji
“The Bangalore center of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, a prominent signpost in Bangalore’s cultural scenario, bloomed in 1965 and enjoys an enviable reputation in the service of arts, education and culture as envisioned by its founder, Kulpati Dr. Kanhaiyalal Maneklal Munshiji.”
Karnataka, seat of rich culture brought in many powerful dynasties which ruled the region, embracing new artistic dimensions from the neighboring states such as classical dances and music which have become the way of life in Karnataka, a state which has contributed immensely to the pan-Indian scenario. Karnataka is the seat of Hindu philosophy hosting the three major schools of thought viz., Advaita, Visistadvaita and Dvaita. The culture of Karnataka is a unique mix of all these elements and much more. From Paleolithic age to the modern Karnataka, the state has been a forerunner in industrialization with its capital Bangalore being the IT capital of the country, blends the old roots and the new schools of business thoughts.
It is no wonder that Karnataka has the distinction of nurturing one of the earliest of Kendras of Bhavan in Bangalore. With the motivation of personalities like Sri Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore, Sri S Nijalingappa, the Chief Minister, and Dr R.R Diwakar, Editor of the popular Kannada daily Samyukta Karnataka, and joint editor of the Bhavan’s Book University series, and many others.
With the support of these eminent personalities and efforts of Sri G Narayana, the Mayor, a plot on the Race Course Road was acquired. Sri Sundararama Shetty, Chairman of Vijaya Bank volunteered to help raise a building for the center. Bhavan’s building was inaugurated by President V.V. Giri on November 16,1966.