Bhat was a great scholar and a renowned violinist in the court of
Krishna Devaraya, the illustrious Andhra emperor patron of letters
and arts akin to legendary Bhojaraja. Pleased with his virtuosity,
the emperor treated him as a valuable asset to the court. This man
was blessed with two issues - a daughter and son. As the adage goes
- one son is as bad as one eye and amounts to no son at all, so he
prayed to Balaji the Lord of Seven Hills for another son. That
wish-yielding tree - Lord Venkateswara gave a rare flower, whose
fragrant beauty cast an irresistible spell on propel for centuries.
The grateful couple named him Venkatanatha in memory of the Lord,
who fulfilled their ardent wish.