A native of Kasargod, Bhat was the author of 65 books. He was well known for his work in folklore and gamaka, besides being a grammarian. He was honoured in 2001 by the Karnataka Janapada and Yakshagana Academy for his contribution to folklore. Earlier in 1988 the same Academy presented him an award for his work, “Havyakara Sobane Hadugalu.”
He has served as the editor of Karnataka Lochana, journal of the BM Shri Pratisthana.