Thursday, 16 June 2011

A Tribute to Bunt Legends

Late Shri. H.T.Bhandary

Among Kannadigas who made name as Industrialists, Late Shri.H.T.Bhandary was the most revered and respected person.  After establishing M/S.Bhandary Metallurgical Corporation Limited, he became the Founder Managing Director of the company.  He was constantly concerned about the development of his Company.

Mr.Bhandary belonged to Harekal Village in Dakshina Kannada.  He was born on 22nd May 1909 in a family of small landlords.  He obtained his primary education in his own village and he then continued at Ganapathy High School in Mangalore.  His parents even at that time encouraged him in his education.  After passing S.S.L.C. with good results, he joined Government College in Mangalore.  The Principal of the College, Ishwar Gandhi liked him as the best student.  Thereafter, he went to Madras and joined Engineering College.  But his wish was to join the reputed Banaras Hindu University and obtained a B.E. Degree in Metallurgy.  With father’s full support, it was possible to achieve the same even in as far back as 1937.

In his initial stages of his career he worked at M/s.Bhadrawathi Steel & Alloys Factory, followed by M/s.Tata Iron & Steel Company, Jamshedpur.  Thereafter, he worked in M/s.Indian Standard Metal Company in Bombay as Chemist and Metallurgist and gained considerable work experience.  In a very short time, he was elevated to the job of a Manager.  For sometime he worked as Works Manager in M/s.Jaipur Metal & Alloys Industries, in Jaipur.  But, his ultimate ambition was to start and establish his own industry instead of working for others.  With this idea in mind, he started Aluminium Foundry in Jaipur to make Aluminium articles and marketed them in a small way.  Thereafter, in 1947, he founded the present M/s.Bhandary Metallurgical Corporation in Kurla, in Bombay and assumed responsibility as Founder Managing Director of the Company.  He received immense encouragement from Mr.Schwarz, a German National, of M/s.Indian Standard Metal Company under whom he worked.

He married Smt. Radhabai Bhandary, who hailed from his own place in 1941.  After marriage, the couple moved to Bombay.  They were happy and proud of their three sons who were given good education and were inducted in to the family business.  Mr.Bhandary being a well known Metallurgist had a thorough knowledge of every metal and alloys used in rolling mills and wire drawing mills.  He earned representations in several bodies.  He became a member of Indian Institute of Metals, leader of the productivity team of the Productivity Council of India.  This team went to Americaon a study tour and acquired useful knowledge to be used in their business.

To promote the business of his own products of Brass Rods and Brass Wires, he visited America, Britain, Europe, Japan etc. and bought required machinery for his business.  Lots of demands for his products came from Hong Kong and Ceylon.  As a result of substantial demands, Mr.Bhandary not only could expand his business in Bombay, but by establishing M/s.Bhandary Metals & Alloys in Bangalore, he found himself in a comfortable position to cater to the demands in South.

Whatever one receives from the society, has to be returned to the society was the objective of Mr.Bhandary.With this in mind 5000 yards of land area belonging to his Company in Bombay was donated to Bunts Sangha.  Also three acres of land in Bangalore was donated to Bunts Sangha, Bangalore.  He not only involved himself in the construction of Buntara Bhavana in Bombay, but also closely associated in the running of the Sangha.  He donated large amount for the construction of Auditorium in Buntara Bhavana which was named after his wife Radhabai Bhandary.  Children of the employees of his Companies were awarded scholarships and he encouraged them to participate in sports.  He also contributed and took active interest in other social activities like donations to educational institutions, free medical treatments to poor for which a medical diagnostic center was established in Bangalore.

In his later life, he suffered from cardiac ailments and breathed his last on 26th April 1992.  His three sons continued the business established by him.

On 25th Dec. 1999, H.R.Bhandary Century Award was awarded to H.T.Bhandary posthumously.  This award was received by his wife Smt.Radhabai Bhandary in the presence of large audience at a function held in Auditorium of Buntara Bhavana, Mumbai, which included all Kannada Associations.

Late Shri. Justice K.S.Hegde

 Shri..K.S.Hegde (Kawdoor Sadananda Hegde)  son of   Shri.Kowdoor Subhayya Hegde  and Smt.Irmaddi Lingamma Heggadthi born on 16th June 1909 at Kowdoor village of  Karkala Taluk in South Canara district he was the youngest of seven siblings. His elder siblings were Laxmi, Shrinivas, Radha, Rukhmini, Ramayya and Kamala, being the youngest of the family he was the most pampered one.
 K.S.Hegde is born in an affluent family. They had a very vast agricultural land, in those days his father used to ride on a horse carriage pulled by 14 horses.
 K.S.Hegde was very naughty, hot headed brat at the same time he was brilliant in studies.
K.S.Hegde did his initial schooling in KawdoorElementary School and the KarkalaBoardHigh School, later shifted to St.AlosiusCollege, Mangalore and did his graduation (BA Honors) in Economics from PresidencyCollege, Madras and did his  law in the LawCollege, Madras. He began his legal profession in the year 1936, and worked as Government Pleader and Public Prosecutor between 1948 to 1951.
K.S.Hegde was elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Congress Party nominee in the year 1952 and served the upper house till 1957. He was a member of the Panel of Chairman and also a member of the Public Accounts Committee and of Rules committee. In the year 1954 Hegde was chosen as an alternate delegate to the Ninth Session of United Nations General Assembly and served on its Second Committee with distinction. He was also a member of the Railway Corruption Enquiry Committee and of the Governing Body of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
Hegde resigned from the Rajya Sabha in the year 1957 when he was appointed as Judge of the Mysore High Court. In 1966 he was appointed as the first Chief Justice of the Delhi and Himachal Pradesh High Court, many of his judgments during this period were path-breaking.
 In 1967 he was appointed by the President of India as a Judge of the Supreme Court. K.S.Hegde was known for his uprightness and authority and as a learned Judge who always gave precedence to the rule of law. A man of matchless honesty and utmost integrity. Hegde tendered his resignation on 30th April 1973, when one of his junior colleagues was appointed as the Chief Justice of India.
 he then government received an unfavorable judgment by Supreme Court of India in 'Kesvananda Bharti case', the government of the day thought it fit to install Justice A.N.Ray as Chief justice of India by superseding three judges, Justice J.M.Shelat, Justice K.S.Hegde and Justice A.N.Grover. All the three superseded judges resigned to their post. It is need less say that all three superseded judges were a party to the majority opinion of the historic Kesvananda Bharti Case.
Who knows but for this we could have had a Bunt Chief Justice of India.
Thereafter, Hegde once again started taking an active part in socio-political movements. In 1977, he was elected to the Sixth Lok Sabha from Bangalore South Constituency on a Janata Party ticket. He was elected to the office of Speaker of Lok Sabha on 21st July 1977.
Speaker Hegde believed in the rule of law and fair play. Maintaining the supremacy of Parliament was uppermost in his mind. He led the Indian Parliamentary Delegation to 23rd, 24th and 25th Commonwealth Parliamentary conferences...
During the short period that he remained the Speaker of the Lok Sabha K.S.Hegde made a distinctive contribution not only in up holding the high office of the Speaker but also in consolidating parliamentary institutions in the country. He held this office till 1980.
 In 1979 K.S.Hegde conceived the idea of a trust which would provide basic education, health care and train manpower. Thus, was born Nitte Education Trust. The trust established its first educational high school at Nitte in the year 1979. Today, the Nitte Education Trust comprises a medical, dental and five paramedical colleges, a 720 bed specialty hospital, two Engineering Colleges, two MBA institutes, two MCA institutes, a college of hotel management, two technical training institutes, two first grade colleges, two pre-university colleges, five schools and a 3-star hotel –in all twenty three institutions with ten thousand students, and three thousand five hundred staff and around 18,500 alumni.
 Hegde had tremendous respect for all his elders, giving them their due respect. Although career wise and politically he had touched great heights, he still retained his humble demeanor and level headedness.Hegde had a generous and magnanimous nature, he gave shelter education and assistance to the needy people considering that it is his duty to ensure that they all made a name for themselves in society and contributed to larges good. Many of them, who have achieved their ambitions, acknowledge with warmth and gratitude the benevolence shown by Hegde.
 Hegde passed away on 24th May 1990 at his native place at the age of 81.

Late Shri.Sadanand A Shetty

SADANAND A.SHETTY – An Indian First, Last & Always
A family man, a successful entrepreneur with a missionary zeal, Mr.Shetty was born on 6th May 1930 to Anthayya & Abbakka Shetty in Kowdoor, South Kanara. Having lost his father at the tender age of four, Mr.Shetty came to Bombay at the age of twelve and joined Bombay Fort Night High School, and by dint of perseverance and hard work he completed his schooling and higher studies, culminating in a M.B.A. from Stanford and New York Universities. This equipped him to start his own business in 1962 together with his wife, Soumyalatha Shetty, and he headed Fouress Group of Companies, till he passed away on 23rd February 2007. From a one-man show, today the Fouress Group of Cos., his creation, is professionally run and employs over  1500 people  with offices and manufacturing units throughout  the country, supplying its products in India and abroad.
Married to Soumyalatha Shetty, daughter of Dejappa & Sundari Shetty, they have two daughters and a son-Smitha Shetty, Sucharita Hegde and Sameer Shetty-and seven grand children.
Being conscientious and socially committed, Mr.Shetty firmly believed that “service is above self” and no other priority precedes the Nation and its good. This belief found expression in his One India One People Foundation, started by him in August 1997 to coincide with 50 years of India’s independence. The Foundation’s activities are all geared towards making India Great, Strong and United. For example-
  • It publishes a magazine; One India One People (OIOP) to spread the message of oneness, that all Indians are ONE whatever may be their caste, creed, gender or language. With zeal, it takles social issues such as corruption, poverty, illiteracy, health, rural development, communal hatred etc., that concern India. Mr.Shetty consciously and consistently avoided commercial considerations in producing the magazine both in terms of content and quality. Despite constraints, he remained steadfast in his resolve to continue with the publication which is aimed at stimulating the minds of our thinking population.
  • In its endeavour to reach out to the youth who are the future of this country and sensitize them towards the poor and underprivileged in the society, promote national integration and communal harmony, the OIOP Foundation has formed OIOP Clubs jointly with various schools in Mumbai. Activities involving the student community are held in the schools by these Clubs. The Foundation plans to open such clubs all over India. Similarly, the Foundation interacts with college students and involves them in socially responsible activities.
Mr.Shetty was a good orator, and was regularly interviewed by the media and TV channels besides addressing various fora on a variety of subjects; further, he was a thinker who firmly believed in strong family values. He was associated with many social and cultural organizations. His endeavours included:
  •      *  The setting up of “Kala Bharati” a project for encouraging talented artists in the field of Music, Dance & Drama while  President of Karnataka Sangha.
  •      *  Vice President-ship of Sri.Shanmukhananda Fine Arts where he actively participated in the activities of this premier fine arts body of our country.
  •      *  Member of Management Council of Mumbai University
  •      *  Lending financial support to institutions for the blind, physically challenged, eye care, aged etc., he has often, in the past, mobilized the talents of his daughters the “Shetty Sisters” to give Bharata Natyam Dance performances for schools for the Blind and other causes.
 In his life-time he received the following recognitions:
 a.     Excellence Award as an Entrepreneur of Karnataka by Karnataka State Financial Corporation in July 1994.
  1.       b.   Honoured in 1995 by the noted Kannada writer, late Shri.Vyasaraya Ballal who dedicated his book “Giniyu Panjaroodolilla” to Mr.Shetty and Mrs.Shetty.
  2.       c.  Service Citation from the Rotary Club of Bombay Mid-Town in recognition of exemplary service rendered to the Club for Rotary Year                 1998-99 for Family Planning Program.
  3.       d, Rashtriya Vikas Shiromani  Award of Delhi Telugu Academy in 2001.
Mr.Sadanand A  Shetty was one of those rare human beings who reached the pinnacle of success on his own strengths. He remained true to his roots and the soil that nurtured him.  More importantly; he executed his social responsibilities by giving back to the society from which he had received so much.

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