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History of Bangalore

In the year 1120 AD, the Chola King, Veera Ballalla ruled the Deccan plateau or the South of India. On a hunting trip in the forest he lost his way. After a long search he met an old lady in the forest who offered him shelter for the night and served him baked beans for dinner. To show his gratitude to this lady for having saved his life, the King constructed a town and named it as Benda Kalooru which means Baked Beans. Later in 1537, a local chieftain, Kempe Gowda helped design this town and give it its modern shape. From Benda Kalooru it later on came to be called as Bengaluru. It was during the British rule that Bengaluru became Bangalore due to accent of the English people & their inability to pronounce the word. Bangalore is the great visionary, the respected Kempegowda's dream city. It was he who designed and built Bangalore.
Another great visionary was Kengal Hanumanthaiya who has planned & constructed a great building like VIDHANA SOUDHA. His idea of a double road from Bangalore palace to Sarakki layout remained a dream.

Banglore has produced great men like Dr.C.V.Raman who discovered the famous 'Raman Rays' which enabled him to bag the great 'Nobel Prize'. Then there is Sir M Visveswaraiah, Dewan of Mysore, Engineer & Statesman who had been awarded the Bharat Ratna and famous writers and poets who have contributed for kannada literature like :D V Gundappa, Masti Venkatesha Iyengar ( who won the Jnanapitha Award), Shri K Venkatappa (the great painter & sculptor P Kailasam( the renowned theatrist), T S Venkataramaiah, K V Puttappa or Kuvempu, Navaratna Rama Rao, B Seetaramaiah, G P Rajaratnam, K V Iyer are only some of them.

In the area of sports we have Shri M Chinnaswamy, Dr K Thimmappaiah, Mr. C Nagaraj who have all sacrificed a lot to bring out KSCA to present level. Bangalore has produced great cricketers to the country like E A S Prassanna, B S Chandrashekar, G R Vishwanath, Brijesh Patel, Syed Kirmani, B Sudhakar Rao, Roger Binny, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, David Johnson, D Ganesh, Sujit Somasundaram, Sunil Joshi & Rahul Dravid. Then in Tennis , All England Badminton champion - Prakash Padukone, former president of Table Tennis Federation of India- Mr. Kabinipathy, K.Jayanth and Lakshmi Karanth were National Champions. Now we have Mahesh Bhupathi creating waves in the Tennis arena.

In the Police Department we have people like Chandy, Sangliana, Burman, Malukar, Srinivasan, M F Pasha, Subash Bharani, Rama Murthy. In the Legal field, we have Sundarswamy, Nagesh, Padubidri Raghavendra Rao, etc. Other prominent personalities are former corporation commissioner Ravindra, Great Educationalist Narasimhaiah, G P Rajaratnam, Dr D M Nanjundappa & in the athletic field Deanne Syma, Irene Saldanah, Kenneth Powell & sprint queen Ashwini Nachappa.

In the tinsel world the one & only Dr Rajkumar, Puttanna Kanagal, Jnanapith Award winner Girish Karnad, Ananth Nag & his brother Shankar Nag & many more.

Today Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka ranks as one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. Bangalore has a very cool, pleasant climate throughout the year. So it is also called as 'The Air-Conditioned city'. This factor along with the mild, balanced, affectionate, hospitable people of Bangalore called the 'Kannadigas' has attracted people from all over the country as well as the world. So a peaceful city also called as a 'Pensioners paradise' in the 50's is fast transforming into the 'Silicon Valley of India' with almost all Computer related multinationals setting up their Indian head office at Bangalore. Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister termed this as "India's city of the future". Besides there are lot of beautiful and comfortable hotels in the city which will make you feel at home by providing utmost hospitality and food that will instill ever lasting memories in you.

Even though senior citizens here feel that the city has lost its old world charm, but for a new entrant the city does mesmerize with its beautiful gardens all over & rows of flowering trees of jacaranda, may flowers & hundreds of other species like Sampige which has the honour of having a road named after it.

That is Bangalore for the unaware. This is just a glimpse of this wonderful city & each one discovers more for himself once he is here enthralled in the beauty of the place which is modern but historic , beautiful with a tinge of ugliness, which is quiet yet buzzing with people & traffic. Do visit this place once in your lifetime to know what it is.