The Havyaka Civilisation is found in the coastal, valleys and neighborhood of Western Ghats of Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada: Udupi, Shimoga, Kasaragod(Kerala), Kodagu, Chikkamagalooru district. The Havyaka families of these area noramally practicing agriculture, study of Veda’s in Sanskrit, Priesthood and “Jyothishya”. British Colonial rule started English education system, “present school culture” to create skilled manpower for their administrative services. The Havyaka due to their everlasting lust for knowledge, started going to schools and after their education, went to their neighbor cities for service. Thus Havyakas studied in colonial schools started migrating to cities like Mumbai, Poona, Channai, Mysore, Bangalore, Mangalore, etc…The learned Havyakas with fore thoughts and with noble gesture started an association with 24 people which is the sown seed of the present Shri Akhila Havyaka Mahasabha (R.) Bangalore. The association of 24 people started on 08.11.1942 under president ship of Shri Noojibail Shankar Bhat and was registered on 29-03-1943 under society act of Mysore. As per information available Prof. Mena Ramakrishna Bhat, Kasaragodu was president and Shri Makki Ramayya was Honorary Secretary when registered. Then Havakasabha was further developed and nourished by elders of Havyaka community to give shape of Shri Akhila Havyaka Mahasabha (R.) Bangalore. Prof. Mena Ramakrishna Bhat, S. K. Tirumaleshwara, Smt. Radha Ramachandra Bhat, C. K. Narayana, Saraswati S. Kashyapi, A. Bheema Bhat, N. K. Ganapayya, S. P. Bhat, K. I. Bhat, N. Bheema Bhat, K. Gopalakrishna Bhat, S. R. Bhagwat, Shalini Srinavasa, M. Rama Bhat, Kaje Ishwara Bhat M. N. Bhat Madguni are statesmen to be remembered as they led the team as presidents. There are secretaries to support these elders like Pandeshwara Subba Rao, H. Ananta Shastri, K. S. Narayana, K. V. Hegde, Mr. Jayaprakash, M. N. Hegde, Harugar, G. G. Hegde Hoovinamane, B. J. Shreedhar, V. R. Hegde, M. R. Manjunatha, B. V. Narhari Rao, S. R. Bhagwath, M. R. Kalagal, G. K. Bhat, S. G. Bhat, M. Narayana Murthy, Chandrahasa Bhat, G.G. Hegde, Talekeri, M. G. Hegde, Harugar to regard.Though the main purpose of the association was to have an social gathering, the growing seed accomplished many more purposes under its stretch. Which were listed under aims of Mahasabha. The tree of organization started growing year to year by increase of members, by more and more activities to its fold now it is an organization of 65 years with numbers of achievements and with multiple beneficial programmes to community. Aims of Mahasabha :
President and General Secretary
Service, Activities and their progress :
Scholarship : Shri Akhila Havyaka Mahasabha has created a fund as scholarship fund and since 1985 interest of the fund is distributed as scholarship to needy meritous students. The fund has been growing every year. The presently scholarship fund as grown 28 Lakhs and this year Mahasabha has distributed around 3 Lakhs to the poor meritous students. The benefit has reached to more then 9000 students till today.
Havyaka Patrike : From 1943 to 1966 the Mahasabha went on growing, though limited to Bangalore, a communication link was thought which is the birth of Havyaka Patrike. The Quarterly paper was released on June 1966 under the president ship of Shri A. Bheema Bhat.The Quarterly paper Havyaka Patrike advanced to monthly magazine since 1981. This has become a powerful means for Havyaka interaction and communication. The continuous publication of Havyaka Masa Patrike till today the main media is due to devoted effort of all the editors involved in the mission.
Malleswaram Havyaka Niveshana : The active members of Havyaka Mahasabha continued the fund creation every year, as a result the Mahasabha purchased a sight at Malleswarm for Rs. 75,000/- measuring area of 11175 sq, ft.. The effort rendered by Late Shri N. K. Ganapayya, Shri K. V. Hegde, Kanagodu, Late Shri Ananta Shastri should be remembered for ever. It was also told that the sight was illegally encroached by a family, by negotiation and by some good-will amount paid at personal level like Shri K. V. Hege, Kangodu, K. I. Bhat and N. K. Ganapayya and some other well wishers of the Mahsabha, the sight was vacated by encroacher. The sacrifice of such great people to be remembered for ever.
Shri N. K. Ganapayya Memorial Students Hostel : The first building to come up in Malleswarm site is a hostel for students. The Hostel was started in the year 1974 under the presidentship of Late Shri N. K. Ganapayya and it was named as Shri N. K. Ganapayya memorial hostel in the year 1988. At present this hostel gives accommodation for about 36 meritous students.
Havyaka Sabhabhavana and Shri Siddhi Vinayaka Temple : Shri N. K. Ganapayya continued support for Havyaka Mahasabha and further more continued donation from generous members of the Mahasabha. A Sabha Bhavan was built in the year 1982 on Malleswarm sight and Shri Siddhi Vinayaka idol was installed by under blessing of Late Shri Raghavendra Bharati Swamiji. The temple has been place of worship not only for so many Havyakas but even for devotees around temple in Malleswarm.
Gust House for Members : Since many outstation members are coming to Bangalore for short time to facilitate such guest accommodations are provided in the Sabhabhavana building on nominal maintenance charge.
Award of Talent(Prathibha Puraskara) : We find many budding talents in many fields from our community. It may be in school exams, in art or in fine arts Shri Akhila Havyaka Mahasabha has been identifying deserving talents from different parts of the states with the help of directors and members of the region. Number of such talent who are felicitated are more than 1000s as on today.
Honours for Excellence(Vidwat Sanmana) : There are many Havyaka‘s who have achieved excellence in their own field. The achievement could be in Education, Art, Science, Literature, Folk Arts etc.. Mahasabha has been honoring these personalities every year along with award of excellence since 1978.
Conferences : The Mahasabha organized its 1st conference in the year 1980, February 9th and 10th in Gurunarasimha Kalyana Mantapa Basavanagudi Bangalore. Late Shri T. R. Bhagwath was president of the conference Shri K. I. Bhat chief organizer of the conference.
Ladies Hostel : Shri Akhila Havyaka Mahasabha started another Hostel for girl students and for ladies who are migrating to Bangalore in per suit employment. This was started initially in a rented house at Girinagar. The hard work of Smt. Sharada Jayagovinda and her team mates are to be remembered by Havyaka Community in the year to come. The hostel in rented house was shifted to its present hostel which known by Shri Raghavendra Bharati Mahila Vasati Gruha which was built by Shri Akhila Havyaka Mahasabha in the site donated by Shri Krishna Bhat. The effort for collection of money and execution of building was under the leadership of Smt. Shalini Shreenivasa. Mazor donors were Shri Gajanana Joshi, America and M/s. Canara Bank( Courtesy Shri R. V. Shastri former Chairman of the Bank).
Yuva Vedike : Shri Akhila Havyaka Mahasabha further concentrated for youth organization, the outcome of the effort is i) Kalavedike, ii) Matrimonial Bureau, iii) Poor People Fund, iv)Employee Information Center etc.Kalavedike : This is a platform for encouraging young artist to show their expertise in vocal and instrumental music.Matrimonial Bureau : The youth team of the Havyaka organized matrimonial bureau to facilitate marriage aspiring boys and girls to have common platform so that gap between different region reduces down and the system become a bridge in between. The Havyaka Mahasabha is ever thankful to young generation who have been putting all efforts to continue the system till today.Poor People Fund : This fund started during Puttur Sammelana when M. K. Janardhana of Bombay Havyaka gave initial amount of Rs. 25,000/-. The co-coordinator took charge of above samithi, no doubt maintained the tempo till today. The concern and generosity of co-coordinator like Shri Venkat Bhat and Shri a. V. Subba Rao are to be remembered till today.Employment Information : The involved coordinators have been trying to make the center as much as possible with-in the limitation, however it has long way to go to meet the need of people.
Havyaka Niveshana : During management of Late Shri S. P. Bhat and Late Shri S. R. Bhagwath a samitee called Havyaka Niveshana started to give an much site as possible. There ware some hindrance in the processof site regulation. But coordinator like Shri M. R. Manjunatha and Shri M. R. Kalagal had devoted and have been spending their precious time to regularized site purchased by aspirants even at the risk of their lives. Full time dedication of Shri M. R. Manjunatha is to be remembered by Shri Akhila Havyaka Mahasabha in years to come. During president of Shri M. Rama Bhat and Shri M. N. Bhat, Madguni further consolidated, the result is many sights owners have built their compounds wall around their sight.
Hostel at Chikkabettahalli : The recent achievement of Shri Akhila Havyaka Mahasabha to put in record is a boys hostel at Chikkabettahalli “Havyakanagara” to accommodated students upto 75 Numbers. It is equipped with dining hall and kitchen to give proper service to students. The hostel was inaugurated with all religious formalities and “Lokarpana” ‘open for use’ was blessed together by Shri Gurus, Shrimad Jagadguru Shankaracharya Shri Gangadharendara Saraswati Mahaswamij, Shri Sonda Swaranavalli Mahasamstana and Shrimad Jagadguru Shankaracharya Shri Raghaveshavara Bharati Swamiji Shri Ramachandrapura Matha, Hosanagara. This is a really moment of history in the days of Shri Akhila Havyaka Mahasabha.
Extension of Ladies Hostel : Since there is increase of girl students coming to city for further study the Mahasabha felt the need of extension of existing hostel at Girinagar. The new plan architecturally designed can accommodate 50 more students and the Mahasabha planning to complete the work by end of November 2008.
Ladies Forum : The Mahasabha has been thinking of Ladies welfare since long. However our ladies team were not projecting independently, though we had a lady president and many directors for the years to pass. But for the last Six months Mahasabha coordinator Smt. Geeta Hegde along with Smt. Shobha Bhat, Smt. Mithi Bhat, Smt. Shilaja Hegde and Smt. Namratha Bhat has been organizing very useful lectures under the programme “Ladies to Ladies”. The lecturs have been on “personality development”, “medical problems”, “finance management”, “diet”, “yoga” etc. and useful to the Havyaka sisters.The continues growth of the Sabha varied useful activities liking the community mutually have been encouraging factors to keep the tempo of community services by Shri Akhila Havyaka Mahasabha to years to come.