History helps us to understand who we are, why we are and the way we are!
History is the base of any group of people without which any person is incomplete. It’s a ricochet of past which helps us to survive in present and future.
For Bunts Sangha it all started in the early centuries when the large kingdoms like Tulava households ruled small and defeat able kingdoms like Pallava's, Kadamba's, Chalukya's,etc. Out of these small kingdoms emerged the prevailing and powerful group of warriors known as BUNTARU in Kannada. Soon this community turned into landlords and became well known as BUNTS.
Bunts believe in being loyal to their work and their superiors and the roots of these qualities come from their ancestors who were loyal and devotional to their kings and work.
Bunts who are settled between Baindoor to Chandragiri River are also known as Naadava’s (refers to the people of ‘Nadu’). It is believed that this community belongs to valiant, courageous landlords who are the village headmen and patels.
It is believed about the Dakshina Kannada that the migrant from North who came and settled in Tulunad as agriculturists and became Bunt's by pledging total loyalty to the local kings. There is a reference to people from Tulunad in ancient greek texts and historical references to Alva clans in Tulunad way back in 150 AD.
The heritage of Bunts history was also mentioned in the book “South Indian Castes and Tribes”, written by an historian, Mr. E. Thurston. It talks about the Nadavas in South Kanara and has briefly mentioned the subdivisions of Bunts, like, Mosadika, Nadavas or Nada Bunts, Pariwara Bunts & Jain Bunts.
Initially the main livelihood of Bunts was agriculture, but slowly and steadily the community became educated and now many Bunts have attained success in their area of business and profession such as Industries, Hotels, Hospitals, Educational Institutions and other establishments in different parts of the world.
The Bunts maintained communal harmony by organizing cultural activities and managing the Daivastana, Boothastana and Temples with the help of all communities. Moreover, the ancient rich cultural folk art, Yakshagana Bayalata has enlightened the community towards the epic Ramayana and Mahabharatha.
Today the Bunts are highly devoted towards socio-economic activities. The core aim of today’s warriors is to help the Bunts who are suffering from poverty and social ill practices and uphold their future. They believe in helping other and developing their community. The present day’s success is the result of yesterday’s courageous hard work by ancient Bunts.