Gundugutti M. Manjanathaya was an Indian freedom fighter and politician. In 1934, along with another prominent freedom fighter, Pandyanda Belliappa, he succeeded in persuading Mahatma Gandhi to tour Coorg to raise donations for the Harijan welfare fund. They accompanied Gandhi into Coorg and hosted him for one evening at Gundugutti Manjanathaya’s house.
It was during this visit that Mrs. B. T. Gopal Krishna, also known as Kodagina Gowramma, a well-known Kannada woman writer and relative of Manjanathaya, donated her jewelry for the cause and invited the entourage to her house. During the 1942 Quit India Movement, Manjanathaya’s eldest son, Gundugutti Narasimhamurthy, organized a Seva Mandal in Madikeri to inspire the youth.