A Karnataka bred 'huduga' from the Halagur district of Mandya, Athishaya is every mother's dream son. He completed his higher secondary education from Sir M Visvesvaraya's birthplace in Muddenahalli and did his B. Com (Honours) from the renowned Sathya Sai University in Bangalore. Being the grandson of an elite person in the society, education was considered the most powerful weapon in his family. "It was my childhood dream and ambition to become a Chartered Accountant (CA) someday, somehow. But as a backup, I wrote my MBA exam in which I was ranked 184th in the state. It was a bittersweet moment for me," claimed Athishaya.