Here is a compilation on information available on the ancestors of the mbfamily, and on Bhavaji made by Raghunath with key inputs from Indramma.
Recently I had an occasion to realize how little I know about my ancestors. There is a good tradition among we Hindus to give `tharpana` to our fore fathers on various occasions like `Amavasyas`(New moon day), when you recall at least 12 of your fore fathers 6 from fathers side (grand father, great grand father, great great grand father and their wives) and similar six from the mothers side. I could with some difficulty get the names from the father's side but could get only incomplete information from the mothers side. So I thought it may be a good idea to put in print what little information is available today and pass it on to the youngsters in the family with the hope that some of them find it as useful or interesting, and take the trouble of updating and pass it to their next generations. The text below is an attempt in that direction.
Let me start from my father
M.S.Bheema Rao known to the family by the name
`Bavaji`. He was the son of Subba Rao and Sethu Bai ( Sethbai was renamed Lakshambai
after Marriage,but her maiden name was continued to
be used).Subba rao was the third son of Kamati Laksmana Rao(wife Radha Bai). Bhavaji`s
father died of plague, very young when Bhavji was
just about two years old and Bhavaji`s younger
brother M.S.Raghavendra Rao was still in his mother's
womb. Accordingly nothing much is known about my grand father, Subba Rao, excepting that he had a great passion for music
and dramas and had some tiff with his father on that account. Bhavaji`s grand father, Commitee Lakshmana Rao had a house in the Mandi
Moholla (266 Nooralli Shaw Makan street) of Mysore and land property around Mysore.(A
piece of land given as compensation for the property that got submerged by the
K.R.S. Dam was under dispute even as late as some 40 years back. Bhavaji had inherited Vrithi No.
11 in Sarvamanya Dodda Yachena halli in the Krishnarajapet taluk in
Bhavaji had very little male support or guidance in his younger days. His grand father also passed away when he was only five years young. He was brought up by his mother sethu Bai, mother`s mother Jeevubai and Jeevubai`s elder sister Venkubai. It appears that Venku Bai, a relative of Lakshmana Rao had been brought into the family to look after the young children, and she was instrumental in arranging the marriage of Bhavaji`s father with her sister's daughter. Venku Bai and it is said she used to handle all traditional male jobs like going to the land tenants and collecting the share of produce and other dues. Bhavaji had lot of regards for her. A little male support was provided by one Srinivasa Murthy, (father in law of Dr K. Rama Rao of Chamarajpet Bangalore), son of Jeevubai’s sister, Rindi bai.
The income from the Land property those days was not much and was just adequate to meet the routine expenses comfortably. The old ladies are remembered for their thriftiness in managing the house hold expenses, and preserving the property intact.
In spite of these handicaps
Bhavaji was very good in his studies. He passed his
S.S.L.C Exam from mission high school
He became a Magistrate in
the year 1936. He has subsequently worked in many parts of the old
He was a very kind and God fearing person. I do not recall a single instant of his loosing temper on any body. Even the task of disciplining the children was left to the mother. He had left taking night meals at an early age. So we did not have the benefit of his company at the dinnertime. I now realize that this habit contributed greatly in reducing our inter action with him, as the lunch meetings were possible only on Sundays and holidays. He was a very poor eater. All he used to take for his dinner was two bannans, out of which he used to distribute to all the children in the house. If anybody were sleeping his or her share would be preserved for the next day.
He used to visit temple
every day, and he has taken us to all, important temples around the various
places he has worked. It is said that during younger days at