Staff Reporter

It will coincide with Mena Ramakrishna Bhat’s birth centenary

BANGALORE: The Akhila Havyaka Mahasabha, Bangalore, will celebrate the birth centenary of Mena Ramakrishna Bhat, a Sanskrit scholar, and the Mahasabha founder’s day on Sunday here.

The occasion will also witness the release of “Astrology and Dharmashastra”, authored by Prof. Bhat; “Yakshagana, Kale – Kalavidaru” by Uppangala Shankaranarayana Bhat; “Yakshaganada Yaksharu” by K.P. Rajagopala Kanyana; “Daivika Kambalada Kona” by Lakshmi G. Prasad Saravu and “Vaidya Sandesha” by A.S. Narayana Rao Chokkadi.

Special Officer, Karnataka Sanskrit University, Bangalore, Mallepuram G. Venkatesh, Ramachandra Sharma Tyagali and Mahasabha president M.N. Bhat Madguni will attend the celebrations to be held at Havyaka Sabha, 11th Cross, Malleswaram at 3.30 p.m.

Prof. Bhat, who obtained his Master of Arts in Sanskrit from Madras University in 1933, secured the first rank and received four gold medals. He then worked as professor of Sanskrit and Superintendent of Indian Languages in St. Joseph’s College between 1938 and 1955.

B.M. Krishna Bhat, advocate, Bangalore, who regularly interacted with Prof. Bhat, recalled his association with the scholar.

He said Prof. Bhat always stressed on rendering service to others saying it was the basic principle of Sanatana Dharma.

Having spent a year in Uganda doing research work, Prof. Bhat, on his return in 1957, wrote six articles on “African Customs and Traditions” in the Delhi Times.

Then he worked as professor of Sanskrit in Hindu College, Delhi, and retired in 1974. Later, he was at Vittal in Dakshina Kannada district.

Prof. Bhat’s works include “Makkalige Africada Paathagalu”.