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Bunt (//, previously spelled Bant) is a community of erstwhile nobility, feudatory and gentry from the region of Southwest India which comprises the districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada in the Indian state of Karnataka. The Bunts claim Kshatriya descent from the Nagavanshi lineage.
According to S. D. L. Alagodi, the Bunts "... originally belonged to the warrior class. Being the martial race of Tulu Nadu, they served the ruling chiefs which brought them considerable benefits and allowed them to become the landed gentry of the region."
Some notable Bunt clans who were sovereign of these states were the Honneyakambalis of Hosangadi, Samantha Rajas of Mulki, Bhair Arasas of Karkala, Arasas of Kumbla, Ajilas of Venur, Tolaharas of Suralu near Udupi, Heggades of Vitla, Chowtas of Ullal/Moodabidri, and the Bangas of Bangadi. The feudal life and society of Bunts began to disintegrate in the succeeding colonial British Raj period and the Bunts today are a largely urbanized community.
Traditional Bunt houses can still be seen across the Tulu Nadu region. One of the more well-preserved houses, Kodial Guthu, stands at the centre of Mangalore city. Other examples can be seen at Badila Guthu in Kannur, Dakshina Kannada and Shirva Nadibettu near Udupi.
There are many organisations that cater to the needs of the community. These include the Bunts Mathr Sangha based in Mangalore. Since the 20th century when Bunts began to emigrate out of their native region various organisations have been formed elsewhere, such as in Mumbai, Kuwait, and the United Kingdom.
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