Dr. Paduru Gururaja Bhat (1924-1978) was a researcher and scholar extraordinaire of history, especially Tuluva history and culture, a leading educationist of his time and an inspirational teacher. He is aptly recognized as the father of South Kanara Archaeology. In his relatively short lifespan, he made unparalleled contribution in defining the history of Tuluva people and culture, inspired thousands of students and touched countless people's hearts so much so he is remembered even today with great warmth and reverence, more than 30 years after his death.
This website is dedicated to the mission and activities of the Memorial Trust formed in the loving memory of Dr. Bhat by his family and friends.
This foundation's core mission is to publish the unpublished works of Dr. Bhat, support research in Tulu history and culture, Indian history and culture and persue charitable activities.