Dr. Tukaram Poojary basically hails from Perne Village in Bantwal Taluk. Born (on January 5th, 1959) to Sri and Smt. Manjappa Poojary, he belongs to a modest background. From childhood he was very active in different areas, including fine arts. As a stage artist founded a folk drama troupe by name Singara Mangalore mainly to promote tulu folk dramas. Being a student of history, realized the need for preserving the disappearing artifacts and monuments at the transitional period when Dakshina Kannada District was undergoing transformation. Thus, Rani Abbakka Tulu Adhyayana Kendra and Tulu Baduku Vasthu Sangrahalaya, a prestigious research and cultural centre took shape as the brain child of Poojary in 1995. Since then he has never turned back in his venture and collected over 3000 disappearing artifacts and organized innumerable number of programmes like seminars, symposia, field visit, book fair, publication of books, monument preservation week, cultural events including World Tulu Conference, etc. and created sensation in this part. With his grit and sincerity established and dedicated invaluable museum to the nation (Tulu Baduku Museum) on April 3rd 2008 which is situated at Sanchayagiri, in BC Road. An exclusive art gallery on Rani Abbakka was dedicated to the nation in December 2011.
He established SU Paniyadi library complex in 2017. It also houses a Numismatic Corner. ‘A work that should have been undertaken by a University or the department of government is being done single-handedly with a visionary approach quotes ‘The Hindu’ in its special article. Now this institution is a source for the researchers, academicians, film directors, students and public at large to materialise their projects.
Dr. Poojary has MA, MPhil degree and recently was awarded with Ph.D for his work on ‘Physical Museums of Coastal Karnataka: Models for Reconstruction of Cultural History’ from Hampi Kannada University. He retired as head of the department of history from SVS College in Bantwal and has 3 decades of teaching experience. He has visited Baharein, Dubai, Muscat, Sohar, Qatar, Pune, Mumbai, Bhadravati and many more and has delivered resourceful lectures on history, culture, heritage, etc. He has served as the member of Kanataka Tulu Sahitya Academy. He has served as Museum and Heritage advisor to Karnataka Folklore University, Mangalore University, Akkamahadevi Women University.
He has been awarded with many awards including District Rajyotsava Award.