Dayanand Shetty was born in a Tulu speaking Bunt family in Katapadi village of Udupi district of Karnataka State in India. He obtained a B.Com degree from Rizvi College, Bandra. Dayanand married Smitha Shetty; the couple have a daughter, Viva.
Dayanand began as a sportsman, but turned to acting after a leg injury. Dayanand was a shotput and discus thrower, which won him many prizes in these sports. Dayanand was the champion of discus throw from State Maharastra in 1994.
Dayanand started working in C.I.D TV series from 1998 as Senior Inspector Daya. Dayanand also played the role of same character in C.I.D. Special Bureau. Dayanand made his guest appearance in Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi and Kkkusum. Dayanand was invited as a celebrity guest in Deal Ya No Deal. In Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai, Dayanand came as Shivaji Satam's friend. He played the role of Harpreet Singh in Gutur Gu. Dayanand was there in Jhalak Dikkhla Jaa as a contestant.
11th December 1969