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Sunday, November 07, 2010 6:43:55 PM (IST)  

Mangalore: Justice Santosh Hegde Releases Book on Bunts' History, Culture

Mangalore: Justice Santosh Hegde Releases Book on Bunts' History, Culture
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Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (PS)

Mangalore, Nov 7:
''Bunts in History and Culture'' a book by Mangalore University former history professor Dr B Surendra Rao was released at a ceremony at T V Raman Pai Convention Centre here on Sunday November 7.

The book is based on historical sources and is an attempt to reconstruct the history of Bunts of Dakshina Kannada from the early times to the present. The team of research scholars visited more than 200 Bunt houses and interviewed people in villages and towns from Byndoor to Kasargod for the book.

The programme was organised by Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Research Centre, Udupi, in association with the World Bunts Foundation Trust.
Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde released the book in the presence of various dignitaries. Speaking on the occasion he said that the contribution by the Bunts community towards various fields like politics, science, culture has been remarkable, and added that he was proud to belong to the Bunts community.
Archeological Survey of India former joint director general Dr K V Ramesh was the guest of honour. Erya Laxminarayana Alva presided. Dr K Chinnappa Gowda, registrar, Mangalore University gave a brief introduction of the book.
Dr KR Shetty, project director, World Bunts’ Foundation, K Jairaj B Rai and Dr H Krishna Bhat among others were present.

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Comments on this article
H Hegde, Hyderabad
Monday, August 19, 2013

I Think Bunts and South Canara People are not bothered and DEPENDENT on Reservation and Govt Jobs tried their Dailyhood in Hotel Business and other Pvt Jobs without begging anybody

TSPA, oman
Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mr Louis D'souza

Bunts Culture is independant of the vedic heirarchy brahman kshatriya ..etc ..
So any link to bunts being khsatriya ..etc is incorrect.

Prakash Shetty, Mangalore/Dubai
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thank you all so much for the wonderful information, dying to read the book.

Damodar Samani, Thonse
Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The book can be bought from the under mentioned source:
1) World Bunts' Foundation Trust
S. R. S. Home, Mangalore 575003
Tel: 0824 2494205
Email :
Rastrakavi Govinda Pai Samshodana Kendra
M. G. M. College, Udupi 576102
Tel: 0820 2521159
Email :

Jaya Shetty, Karkala/Dubai
Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Thanks Dhaiji.Please let me know where i can buy this book at Mangalore.

Tony Pinto, Mumbai - Dubai
Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Louis D'Souza, Udupi/Kuwait you know the history that good even some don't know but history has the record in GOA MUSEUM like Rama Prabhu, the son of Dado Vithal Prabhu from Benaulim, Salcette became Francisco Fernandes, while Mahabala Pai, the son of Nara Pai, became Manuel Fernandes in 1596. Mahabal Kamati of Curtorim became Aleisco Menezes in 1607, while Chandrappa Naik of Gandaulim became Antonio Dias in 1632. In 1595, Vittu Prabhu became Irmao de diago Soares and the son of Raulu Kamath became Manuel Pinto in Aldona, Bardez. Ram Kamath of Punola became Duarte Lobo in 1601, while Tados Irmaose of Anjuna became Joao de Souza in 1658.[7] However, the converted Hindus retained their mother tongue (which in most cases, was Konkani) and caste status, even after becoming Christian.

Sunil Shetty, Kundapur/Singapore
Monday, November 08, 2010

How do I go about buying this book? Any pointers?

elias, bantwal
Monday, November 08, 2010

Congratulations to the writer Dr. Surendra Rao of the book and tell the future generation of bunts about the origin and history in mangalore.

Louis D'Souza, Udupi/Kuwait
Monday, November 08, 2010

Shettys n Hegdes are bold people, Their unity is great, I think, they are Khshathriya's. I also heard that D'souza's were Shettys before St. Thomas came to India.

Balakrishna Shetty, Yellur/Dubai
Monday, November 08, 2010

Most bunts who went away seem to have either forgotten about their native place or are shy of their past. They are hard working, chase the money hard in almost all fields and proved good everywhere else but in South Kanara. Dr. Surendra Rao and not a Bunt writing the book itself speaks a lot about it. It would have been better for Daijiworld to have highlighted some of flashes of the book. It would be interesting to know how Jumadi and Mahishandaini figure in it.

Robin, Bangalore
Sunday, November 07, 2010

Unfortunately they are running away from agricultural fields due to the govt hammer policies.... How to bring them back to rural places ? How to bring back their glorious past ?

Santosh Kumar, Mangalore/ Houston
Sunday, November 07, 2010

Bunts community has made an excellent contribution to the society in various fields in India and abroad and in particular in the Dakshina Kannada district.It is worth noting that outstanding personalities like Late Justice K.S. Hegde is the role model and has perhaps motivated the younger generation to follow his foot steps. Well done and Keep up the good work.

Denis Fernandes, Mangalore
Sunday, November 07, 2010

It is great work by Prof Surendra Rao. It will help not only the Bunts of this region but also the other communities to know the history and culture of Tulunadu

Max & Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore/Houston, Texas
Sunday, November 07, 2010

Bunts have contributed a great deal not only for the History and Culture but also for the Economy and Education throughout South Kanara. Bunts are patriotic and Bunts are Enterprising. They have proved to the the role models of not only Karnataka but also in many parts of the world they have migrated and made their second home. Santosh Hegde was my class-mate and it is my desire to meet with him some time some where and recollect the good-old days

Sunday, November 07, 2010


Kateel Ramesh Prabhu, Mangalore
Sunday, November 07, 2010

Great attempt by Dr.Surendra Rao in compiling book on Bunts history and culture.Bunts of Tulunaadu have made great contributions in the field of agriculture,Banking and finance,education,health,trade and commerce,transport,politics,law and justice ,cinema,Yakshagana etc and provided lakhs of employment oppertunities for lakhs of youths of the erstwhile DK and Kasaragod dist irrespective of cast,creed.Prominent personalities among bunts are Late Sri Attavar Balakrishna Shetty,Late Sri Mulki Sundaram Shetty,Late Sri Justice K.S.Hegde,Sri Erya Laxminarayana alva ,Sri Vinaya Hegde,Sri Justice Santhosh Hegde to name a few.there is hardly any field untouched by the bunt commnity and also known for dynamism and straightfowardness and generocity.It will be better to inform the place from the where ther book could be procured for the interested readers.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

All the best Hegde saab, we are very proud of u. Wishing u many more books. Can u please advise me where i can get this book?

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