he Bangalore center of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, a prominent signpost in BangaloreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cultural scenario, bloomed in 1965 and enjoys an enviable a reputation in the service of arts, education and culture as envisioned by its founder, Kulpati Dr. Kanhaiyalal Maneklal Munshiji. Dr. Munshhiji, who set up Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 1938.
Bhavan is the brain-child of Dr. K M Munshi, a visionary, who dreamt of the moulding every Indian into an ethical citizen rooted in rich ethical values of this great nation.
Founded in 1938, it had its objective of promoting and propagating Indian values and culture spanning literature, Music, Dance and other fine arts. A versatile personality donning various roles as lawyer, creative writer, constitution-maker, freedom fighter, administrator, organization-builder and champion of Indian culture, Dr. Munshi looked upon himself as a "sea shell thrown up by the mighty flood of Indian renaissance."
With the wholesome blessings of sage-like personalities like Mahatma Gandhi and Gurudev Tagore, Dr.Munshi straightway set forth broad-based schemes towards the fulfilment of its ideals. The schemes duly exfoliated, the Bhavan has today grown into a multifaceted, worldwide organization with branches spread the world over.
Karnataka, seat of rich culture brought in many powerful dynasties which ruled the region, embracing new artistic dimensions from the neighbouring 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 Palaeolithic 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 Samyuktha Karnataka, and joint editor of the BhavanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. BhavanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s building was inaugurated by President V.V. Giri on November 16,1966.