Some notable personalities of bunts community.

1. The king of heart Dr.Devi Prasad Shetty.He is also known

as the”Henry Ford of health care. He was the first surgeon

in India to perform the extremely risky, complicated and

dynamic cardiomyoplasty operation. He was the first surgeon

in India to perform the neo-natal open heart surgery.He is the

world’s first surgeon to perform a surgery to close the hole

in the heart with microchip camera; the first person to conduct

the first ever surgery using the stomach blood vessels to

bypass the blocked arteries of the heart and the first person

to use an artificial heart in India. In 2001,Dr.Shetty founded

Narayana Hrudayalaya, a multispeciality hospital in Bommasandra

on the outskirts of Bangalore City. He with his team pioneered

the unique concept of ”Heart City”, a 2000-5000 bed

conglomeration of  multiple super specialty hospitals in a

single campus.

2.Shri Shri Rajashekharananda Swamiji of  Shri Vajradehi Mutt

has dedicated himself to the social service in a religious way.

His Purvashrama(real) name was Nonayya Shetty. By his continuous

dedication towards social service and outlook, extension travel

and experience he earned great reputation all over the world.

3.B.M.Hegde(Belle Monappa Hegde) is an Indian medical scientist,

educationist and author. He is a retired vice chancellor of the

Manipal University and the head of the Mangalore chapter of

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Tirupati University has conferred

Honorary Degree of Doctorate on Padma Bhushana Dr.B.M.Hegde.

4.Kowdoor Sadananda Hegde is a former speaker of the

Lok Sabha, A Supreme court Judge and the founder

of the Nitte Education Trust.

5.B.M.Sukumara Shetty. He was the  former  Managing

trustee of Kollur Goddess Mookambika. Kollur temple has

developed under his leadership.

6.Dr.M.Shantaram Shetty, Chairman of ”World Bunts Foundation”.

His achievements are backed by a selfless service to the

society, not just in medicine but also in education, social service

based on the bedrock of profound Knowledge.

7. Dr.R.N.Shetty is an Indian entrepreneur, philanthropist

and an educationist. He is the owner of R.N.Shetty group

of companies which includes R.N.S.Maruthi Suzuki,

Murdeshwar ceramics and Navin Hotel Limited and he

is also the Chairman of the educational institutions

under the R.N.Shetty trust. He is credited with modernisation

of the temple town of Murdeshwar. The Murdeshwara Shiva

temple and temple complex including the 249 feet tall Raja

Gopura which is credited  the tallest Gopuram in the Asia

as well as a huge towering statue of Shiva considered

to be the tallest statue of Shiva in the world, were built by

the finance provided by R.N.Shetty.

8. Dr.B.R.Shetty is the M.D.and C.E.O. of U.A.E.Exchange.

The company is headquartered in Abu Dhabi and operates

more than 700 offices across 30 nations globally.

9.Dr S..Ramanand Shetty is the former vice Chancellor

of Rajeev Gandhi University of Health Sciences.

At present he is the vice chancellor of Nitte University.

10.Mrs.Subi Mally is the Chairperson and Managing

Director of Strategic Sourcing Group, which has

literally revolutionized  the concept of Marketing

as an overall industry.

11.Bellipady Ramanath Rai is an Indian politician.

He is the minister for forest, environment and ecology

in Karnataka state government.

12.Shakuntala Shetty is a social worker and MLA from Puttur,


13.K.J.Shetty Kadandale is a distinguished writer and


14.Aishwarya Rai is an Indian film actress and winner of the

Miss World pageant in 1994.

15.Shilpa Shetty is an Indian film actress and model.

16.Durga Shetty is an actress in Kannada movies.

17.Dr.M.Mohan Alva is the chairman of  Alva’s Education

Foundation. Nudi Siri is a literary event which will be held at

vidyagiri complex of Alva’s Education Foundation.

18.V.P.Shetty is an Indian Banker and former chairman of

I.D.B.I. He is the recipient of the ”Banker of the Year” award

-2003 from Business Standard Group.

19.Kedambadi Jattappa Rai is the author of ”Reminiscences

of a Hunter”.It is a narrative of the exciting adventures of a


20. Vivek Rai, PHD, is a prolific writer and  programmer.

Since 2010 he has been a post-doctoral fellow in Diabetes

Research Programme.

21.B.Nagaraj Shetty is the chairman of Coastal Development


22.Usha P.Rai is an accomplished writer, artist and novelist.

23.Bhavya Shri Rai  is an actress in Kannada movies.

24.Gurukiran had sung many songs in Kannada films

in his own composition as well as other’s.

25.Kayyara kinhanna Rai is a poet, author, Indian

independence activist and former journalist.He has been

conferred with Nadoja award(2006)

26.Arya Lakshminarayana Alva,a well known personality

of Bunts community is a folklore expert, litterateur and

social worker.

27.Attavar Balakrishna Shetty founded Vijaya Bank on

23rd October 1931.

28.Mulki Sundar ram Shetty was the chairman of Vijaya Bank

from 1962 to 1978 resulting in the growth of Vijaya Bank.

29.Kanthadi guttu Harish Pergade is the founder of Sri Matha

Lakshani -Old Age Home, which takes care of elderly with

love and care.

30.Rohit Shetty is an Indian film director and cinematographer.

31.Sunil Shetty is an Indian film actor, producer and entrepreneur,

hotelier and liquor  boutique owner.

32.Fighter Shetty  alias Madhu B.Shetty is a popular Indian Stunt master,

and action choreographer cum actor.

33.Dr.Sunita M.Shetty, a well known Kannada,Tulu writer from Mumbai,

has been awarded the prestigious Jayadevi Tayi Ligade  award

for an eminent woman achiever from Maharashtra, for the year 2012,

instituted by the Vidyadhara Kannada Pratishtana.She has been

conferred with the Ajantha National Award by Ajantha Pratishtana

Bangalore.She is a writer,poet,critic,scholar and educationist of repute.

34.Dr.K.Sanjeeva Shetty, a veteran Kannadiga activist titled as

Bheeshmacharya of Kannada, teacher and mentor. He was a

renowned poet,critic and Kannada columnist, story writer and

founder editor of Bantaravani bulletin published by metro based

Bunts Sangh. He has bagged more than 150 awards from social,

welfare, voluntary organizations and literacy unions from all over

the country.

35.Dr.B.A.Vivek Rai is a veteran scholar, researcher and writer

and has been the former vice chancellor of Hampi Kannada University

and Mysore Open University.He has been elected as the President of

Alvas Vishwa Nudisiri Virasat-2013.

36.Vidwan Kantha Rai was one of the leading Talamaddale artists

of this century.

37.Dr.Sadanand R.Shetty has a unique distinction of performing the

1st  angiography and first angioplasty at two leading private institutes

in Mumbai.He is currently Prof.& Head of Dept. of Medicine & Cardiology

at  Dr.D.Y.Patil University, Nerul, Navi Mumbai.He is an excellent

orator and outstanding leader.He conducts many lectures and

teaching  programs for lay people and medical community.

38.Yedthere  Manjayya Shetty served the people with selfless

perspective by providing basic facilities and starting the public

favour projects. He is an example/inspiration for us to serve

the society. He was elected 3 times as M.L.A. and once as M.L.C.

unopposed.Yedthere Manjayya Shetty law college, in Kundapur is affiliated

to Mangalore University.Yedthere Nursing Home also is in Kundapur.

39.Vishu Shetty is a social worker. He has rescued many helpless orphans

and sick persons.

40.Prakash Rai  is an Indian film actor. He  was awarded Best

Supporting Actor Award for  Tamil film ”Singham” in negative role


41.Varadaraj M. Shetty, came to the Middle East at the age of 18

and worked in various roles in hospitality sctor before starting

the Ramee Group, which owns 37 properties including hotels,

apartments and resorts in India,U.A.E.,Bahrain and Oman.

42.Shweta shetty is an Indian pop singer.

43.Basruru Appanna Hegde is Dharmadhikari of Mahalingeshwar

temple, Basrur and State Religious Council member.He is the

Managing Trustee of Gurukula Public School.

44.Haladi Srinivasa Shetty is MLA from Coondapura and also

known as the Vajapayee of Udupi, Karnataka.

45.Ganesh Hegde is an Indian singer, performer,video director

and choreographer.

46.Pooja Hegde is an Indian model and actress. She was crowned

as the second runner up at the Miss Universe India,2010.

47.Jayaprakash Hegde is an Indian politician who has been

a minister in government of Karnataka. He was also a member

of India’s Parliament.

48.Dr.Chandrashekar Shetty was the first Bunt Vice Chancellor of

R G U H S Medical University, Karnataka.

49.Kaup Bhojaraja Shetty, teacher built Mahadevi High School

the first one in Kaup.

50. Esha Vittaldas Swamiji, known as ”Kemaru Swamiji”, hails

from Paladka, Moodabidre. His parents, Vittal Shetty and

Prema Shetty were heads of the school. He established his

own mutt called ”Kemaru Mutt”, near Paladka.  His ”Sandipani

Ashram” looks after orphan  children, giving them food, shelter

and free education.


8 thoughts on “Some notable personalities of bunts community.

  1. I am a Bunt from Udupi and settled in Hubballi of Karnataka. I am a successful entrepreneur and have established an Engineering Industry. I take the privilege of being the first to start manufacturing of Pre Engineered Buildings in the North Karnataka Region.

    I am feeling very proud to know the achievements of Bunts across the Globe and hope to be some one near to these achievers if not equal.

  2. You forgot Dr Chandrashekar Shetty , vice chancellor of RGUHS, Karnataka. He was the 1st bunt vice chancellor for medical university. He is presently vice chancellor of AIMS, bellur Karnataka. He is also elder brother of Dr Ramnanda Shetty mentioned above

  3. Nice blog.You forgot BHAAGYASHREE RAI-noted enterpeuner in the visual media.Elder sister of Bhavyashree Rai, she is also an actress, producer, director of TV serials, ad-films & documentaries.

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