|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 64-65
Department of Medicine, BKS Hospital, Ballari, Karnataka, India
|Date of Submission||21-Dec-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||22-Dec-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||03-Feb-2021|
Dr. Tekur Ramanath
33/3 Tekur Home, Tekur Subrahmanyam Main Road, Gandhinagar, BALLARI: 583103, Karnataka
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Ramanath T. Obituary. APIK J Int Med 2021;9:64-5
It is with profound grief and anguish I am sending this Obituary.
Dr. Bhupa?samudram Karanam Srinivasa Murthy (Dr. B. K. S. Sir to his colleagues and patients here) breathed his last at Bengaluru on December 3, 2020 following brief illness. He was 85. He was a doyen, of medical fraternity in Ballari and in Karnataka. His demise marks an end of a glorious era of medical practice in Ballari.
Dr. BKS was born on April 6, 1936 at Bhupasamudram in Ananthapur District, then in Madras Presidency, now part of Andhra Pradesh. His father B. K. Gururaja Rao was a nationalist and leading Advocate in Ballari. Dr. BKS had his early education in Ballari-at MBSL School in Gandhinagar and at Municipal High School in Ballari. He obtained MBBS from Mysore Medical College in 1960. After graduation he had a short stint with Indian Railways and worked as Medical Officer at Guntakal Railway Hospital. He resigned from this job and became a Lecturer in Physiology at Medical College Ballari. He quit this job and went to the USA in 1963. He worked at the prestigious Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia for 2 years (1963-'65). He went to the UK in 1965 and worked at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Doncaster, the UK for 2 years (1965–1967). He obtained MRCP from England (Glasgow) in 1967. He returned to India in 1967 and joined the teaching faculty at Medical College, Ballari as Lecturer in Medicine, became Asst. Professor in 1969. Soon, he became the most sought-after teacher in the Department among students and also became a popular clinician.
During this period, I was a Lecturer in Medicine in the same Unit. Dr. M. Maiya was our unit chief. I became an Asst. Professor in 1975. Dr. BKS was my mentor, guide, and philosopher. From then onwards I developed very close contact with him. Although he was my senior colleague we did attend several conferences, academic sessions, CME programs both in India and also abroad together.
I cherish and I can never forget the close and memorable association with him. He was a great human being.
In 1976, he resigned from his job and became a full-time consultant and set up a Nursing Home for treating his patients. He was the first consultant in Ballari for starting an exclusive Nursing Home for treating only Medical cases. Dr. BKS was known for his punctuality, discipline academic excellence. He believed more in clinical medicine, than in high tech gadgets, treated patients apart from drugs, with large doses of compassion, love, and empathy. He was very kind and considerate towards the poor and downtrodden and quite often he used to waive off nursing home treatment charges in deserving cases. That was the secret of his success and popularity. He used to get patients from different parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Many young Medical graduates used to come and work at his Nursing Home as House officers and duty doctors to gain clinical experience. They are now well settled in different parts of India and abroad particularly in the UK and in USA.
Dr. BKS was for more than five decades the guiding force behind the Ballari Medical fraternity. Under his leadership, we could conduct IMA Karnataka State Medical Conference in 1988. API State conference in 1991, 1998, and 2008. He was the founder Chairman of API Ballari Chapter (1988–1996). He was honored on Physicians day at Bengaluru in 2017 by the Karnataka Chapter of Association of Physicians of India. He was the recipient of the prestigious Karnataka Rajyothsava award (2008)-, He was felicitated by His Holiness Shri. Subhudendrateertha Swamiji, Peetadhipathigalu of Sri. Raghavendraswami Mutt, Mantralayam.
He was nominated from Karnataka to Central Health Council – a high power policy-making body under the Chairmanship of Union Health Minister (2002–2004). He was also nominated to VIMS Governing Council for three terms.
He was a social activist. He was connected with several social and cultural organizations in Ballari. He was an adviser to Family Planning Association of India: Ballari branch, Member, Ballari Music Club, President, Brahmin Association: Ballari branch, Trustee: Bala Bharati Group of Educational Institutions, Member Ballari Cultural Association, Member, Raghava Kala Mandir, etc.
In 1999, Bharatiya Janata Party decided to field Smt. Sushma Swaraj to contest Ballari Lok Sabha constituency against Congress nominee Smt. Sonia Gandhi. It was a high profile contest that drew the attention of national and international media. Smt. Sushma Swaraj preferred to stay at Dr. BKS residence throughout her campaign. Although Smt. Sushma Swaraj lost the election she could win the hearts of the Ballari people. She continued her plutonic affection toward Dr. BKS family so much so that she continued to visit every year Ballari to perform Varamaha Lakshmi Puja during Shravana Masa! This mutual relationship continued till Ms. Sushma Swaraj's untimely death in 2019.
Dr. BKS leaves behind his wife Smt. Shanta Bai-an unassuming pious lady responsible for all his glory and achievements. He leaves behind two sons and two daughters. His eldest son: Dr. B. K. Sundar MD, MRCP himself popular consultant physician and Chief of BKS Hospital, his younger son Dr. Srikanth MD, MRCP Associate Professor in Pediatrics, at VIMS., Dr. Anupama Sunder MD consultant in ObG., Dr. Jyothsna Srikanth MD Associate Professor in Anesthesiology, at VIMS.
Dr. BKS eldest daughter Smt. Rama has married Sri. Vidhyabhushan a legend in Carnatic Classical Music and in Dasa Sahithya. Another daughter Dr. Kamala Kiran is a practicing Dental Surgeon in Bengaluru.
May the departed Soul of Dr. B. K. S. attain moksha and reach the lotus feet of Lord Narayana. Our deep heartfelt condolences to members of the family.
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