KULAPATI K. M. MUNSHI

“India will once again be acknowledged as the vishwa guru - a superpower that embodies the ideals of vasudhaiva kutumbakam - the global family.”

Let me once more set forth the Bhavan's faith for the benefit of new students and members, for it is necessary that they should understand it clearly and imbibe its spirit. The Bhavan stands for the reintegration of Indian Culture.

In a world of falling to pieces under the impact of an amoral technological avalanche, it tries to hold fast to the fundamental values for which our culture stands - Rita, Satya, Yagna and Tapas.

  • FAITH - God Who informs the Cosmic Order
  • TRUTH - which is accord between mind, word and deed
  • DEDICATION - which offers all movements of life as an offering to God
  • SUBLIMATION - which purifies the body and mind and transmutes instincts, passions and emotions into things of beauty

This, regardless of forms and doctrines, is Dharma, the three-fold aspects of which are SATYAM, SHIVAM, SUNDARAM - Truth, Love and Beauty.

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.