KU SHI HARIDAS BHAT
Born in 1924, Udupi, Ku Shi Haridas Bhat completed his postgraduate degree at Madras Christian College in 1949, and returned to Udupi to teach Economics at the newly inaugurated Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College (MGM). During the 30 years of his teaching tenure, he significantly contributed to the emergence of MGM as a centre of merit in education, culture, and literature in Karnataka. After retiring as the Principal of the college, he ventured to establish multiple centres such as the Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Regional Research Centre, Yakshagana Kendra, Regional Academic Centre for Folk Art and Theatre, and the Tulu Dictionary Project. He was awarded the State Sahitya Academy Award in 1982, State Government Award for his contributions to Education in 1985, and the Award for Contribution to Folk Art by the Government of Finland, 1986.
Prof Bhat authored and translated more than 30 works in Kannada. He also wrote a popular column ‘Lokabhirama’ in the Kannada Daily Udayavani, upholding his intellectual prowess in the field of Literature. Between 1962-1963, he studied Development Economics in Italy and was involved as a visiting faculty in the University of Rome, 1984. Some of his eminent works include Arthashastra, Ghantamaara, Avyakamaanava, Naduhagalina Kaggatale, Lokabhirama (3 volumes), Nan Kandante, Jagadagala, Omme Russia Innomme Italy, Rangayana and others.