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Bangalore Palace
Bangalore Palace, a palace located in the city of Bangalore, India, was built to look like a smaller replica of the Windsor Castle in England.It was built by Rev. Garrett, who was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College.The construction of the palace was started in 1862 and completed in 1944. Read more...

Ravindra Kalakshetra
The renovated Ravindra Kalakshetra, which was inaugurated, has a truly welcoming atmosphere. Seating arrangements, audio and light system and other basic facilities have been addressed by the Kannada and Culture Department. Emphasis has been given to audio and lighting. Read more...

Attara Kacheri
The Attara Kacheri, is a beautiful 19th century stone structure in an intense red hue.which is known as Karnataka High Court is the High Court of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is located in Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. The high court functions out of a red brick building known as Attara Kacheri. It is in front of Vidhana Soudha, which is the seat of the legislature of Karnataka. Attara Kacheri radiant in its vibrant hues boasts of Karnataka’s history from the glorious days of Tipu Sultan’s reign and hence is one of Bangalore’s most popular tourist spots.Read more...

Vidhan Soudha
Built in 1956, Vidhana Soudha is located in the famous Cubbon Park Bangalore. Get to see the superb Dravidian architecture as portrayed in the Vidhana Soudha Bangalore. Known as the famous landmark of Bangalore, Vidhana Soudha houses the Legislative Chambers of the state government.Read more...

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Orissa, also known as The Soul of India, is a state that has been drenched in mystery for decades. It has now slowly started to show its secrets to the outside world. The state is scattered with temples and holy shrines. Puri, one of the 4 most holy cities in India is also located here. Numerous wildlife sanctuaries, stunning natural landscapes. Orissa is home to Indias ancient civili

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Ravindra Kalakshetra

Name: Ravindra Kalakshetra

Location: JC Road, Bangalore-560002 Near Puttanna Chetty Town Hall

Main attraction: Old impressive auditorium.

The renovated Ravindra Kalakshetra, which was inaugurated, has a truly welcoming atmosphere. Seating arrangements, audio and light system and other basic facilities have been addressed by the Kannada and Culture Department. Emphasis has been given to audio and lighting. A sophisticated audio system, imported from France, has been installed. Special front speakers have been installed for VIP members in the front row. It also includes monitor speakers for the performers on the stage. The entire theatre is equipped with adequate lighting system. A total of 120 lights have been installed. The entire lighting system is computerised. The department has taken all the necessary measures to install proper communication system between backstage and control system using Production Intercom Communication System. Department Secretary I M Vittalmurthy told the reporters that renovation costed Rs 2.8 crore.

Built to commemorate the birth centenary of the great poem and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, the Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore is a seat of art, culture and entertainment in Bangalore. While all the states in India has a Kalakshetra commemorating Tagore (except Tamil Nadu) the Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bangalore perhaps has the best equipped theatre and is therefore one of the most popular centres for cultural activities in the garden city of Bangalore.
The Kalakshetra has a highly modern and technically developed auditorium with comfortable seats, great lighting systems, an improved acoustics and many other facilities to serve the audience better. In the entrance stands a statue of the great poet in a glass showcase that greets the audience visiting the kalakshetra. It is a well known theatre for dance and drama and can accommodate about 1500 people at a time.

Recently the kalakshetra remained closed for as long as 6 months for the purpose of renovation that cost the Government a total of Rs 60 lakhs. But after the renovation, the theatre not only became qualitatively even better but also looks gorgeous with satin curtains and sidelights.

Construction and Inaugauration:

While the Government of Karnataka collected the major fund necessary for the construction of Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore, famous personalities like Shivaji Ganeshan, a popular Tamil cine actor and others also came forward to contribute for the construction of the Kalakshetra. On March, 9, 1963, Dr Humayun Kabir, the then Union Minister for Education of Karnataka inaugurated place and sine then the theatre is used for various cultural activities and seminars.

The 27 year old impressive auditorium has a new lighting system, renovated seats with sidelights and more space between rows. Acoustics in the auditorium have been renovated. Satin curtains have added colour to the stage. There are six panels at the entrance to display posters and banners. A monument of Ravindranath Tagore in a glass showcase welcomes the audience at the entrance.
Durga C Avarthi, Joint Director (General) at the Directorate of Kannada and Culture (Kannada Bhavan) told bangalorebest.com that a total amount of Rs 60 lakh has been spent for the renovation. She said that leakages in the roof have been repaired and the whole auditorium has been whitewashed.

The auditorium is rented out for two sessions-9 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 9 pm. For Kannada plays the rent is Rs 850 per session; Kannada competitions and conferences Rs 1,000; music, dance, sugam sangeeta and cultural activities of other languages Rs 1,500; annual functions, conferences, orchestras and western music Rs 4,000.

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Bangalore Palace

Name : Bangalore Palace

Main attraction: Speciality Beautiful paintings and old photographs of the royal family. A great place to travel back in time.

Location: Palace Road
Vasanth Nagar
Ph: (080) 23360818

From Mekri Circle, go down Ramana Maharshi Road (towards MG Road). Turn right on to Palace Road. The entrance is at the end of the road, just before an overbridge. From MG Road, go down Millers Road, and then turn left on MV Jayaram Road. Turn right onto Palace road and take a U turn to enter the premises.

Bangalore Palace, a palace located in the city of Bangalore, India, was built to look like a smaller replica of the Windsor Castle in England.It was built by Rev. Garrett, who was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College.The construction of the palace was started in 1862 and completed in 1944. In 1884, it was bought by the Maharaja of Mysore, Chamaraja Wodeyar.Now owned by the current scion of the Mysore royal family, Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wadiyar, the palace has recently undergone a renovation. The sprawling grounds surrounding the palace are used for holding public events including music concerts. Some of the well known international music bands and rockstars that have performed here include heavy metal legends Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Sting, Scorpions, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Bryan Adam.

Rev. Garrett, the first principal of the Central High School built this palace with a floor area of 45,000 sq. feet (4200 m²). The Palace and the grounds surrounding it are spread across 454 acres (183 ha).British officials who were in charge of the Education of the young prince Chamaraja Wodeyar bought this palace in 1873 A.D. from him at a cost of Rs. 40,000 and later renovated it. The palace was built in Tudor style architecture with fortified towers, battlements and turrets. The interiors were decorated with elegant wood carvings, floral motifs, cornices and relief paintings on the ceiling. The furniture, which was neo-classical, Victorian and Edwardian in style, was bought from John Roberts and Lazarus. The upkeep of the gardens was the responsibility of a horticulturist named Krumbiegel. A total of 35 rooms were built in the palace with most of them being bed rooms.The renovation included addition of stained glass and mirrors, specially imported from England, besides a manual lift and wooden fans from General Electric.[8] The Wodeyars used to own the palace till the demise of the king Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar in 1970. In 1970 Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar is said to have transferred the possession of the property to two companies promoted by a civil contractor by name Chamaraju, close to the corridors of power. These company's were known as Chamundi Hotels (P) Ltd (110 acre) and Sree Venkateswara Real Estate Enterprises (p) Ltd ( 344 acre). But on the given date the company's were yet to be incorporated and there was no sale deed either. It was a fraudulant transaction. Maharaja's only son Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wadiyar instituted civil suit against this deal. But the Maharaja died in 1974. The legal battle continued and in the mean time Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wadiyar gave 28 acres each to his Five sisters namely Late Gayatri Devi , Meenakshi Devi, Kamakashi Devi, Indrakshi Devi and Vishalakshi Devi in 1983 along the Ramana Mahasrhi Road. They are in possession of their respective portion and many events like Rock shows, Exhibitions, marriages, Tennis, Cricket, Golf and Horse academy's are conducted in these portions.Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wadiyar ultimately compromised with the Chamaraju Group in the years 1990 and 1994, and got back his portion of the property including the Main Palace except 45 acres, which the Chamaraju group still retains along the Jayamahal Road. All along Government of Karnataka was making various attempts to confiscate the property under Land Acquisition Act 1894 and Urban Land ( ceiling & Regulation) Act 1976. Having not succeded in their designs, Government ultimately enacted Bangalore Palace (Acquisition & transfer) ACT 1996 under Mr. H.D. Deve Gowda. This dispute is pending before the Supreme Court till date.

 The elephant in the room

Can be taken literally in this case. As you walk up a highly decorated staircase, doff your hat to a huge elephant that's seems to have been around for uh...quite some time. And then enter the magnificent Durbar Hall. Tall ceilings, colourful windows, furniture from another era -- this was the place where the king used to hold court and discuss matters of the state.

Beautiful paintings

The piece de resistance of Bangalore Palace are the paintings. As you walk down the corridors, stop and admire the paintings by Raja Ravi Raj Varma and many other internationally renowned artists. A small gallery of nude paintings spice things up one notch.

Antique furniture

An old sit down-and-weigh-yourself machine (not working, so don't try it out!), a cooler to keep drinks chilled, wooden fans (from General Electric), and a beautiful blue garden bench from France are some of the exhibits you can see here.  And more elephant accessories -- dressing table stools with elephant legs. Also stools with legs of a wild bullock!

 Interior décor

The ground floor consists of an open courtyard containing granite seats covered with fluorescent blue ceramic tiles.It also contains a ballroom for holding private parties. The first floor containing an elaborate hall called as the Durbar Hall can be reached by climbing a decorated staircase. This is the hall where the king used to address the assembly. The walls along the staircase are adorned with paintings and the Durbar Hall has a massive elephant head mounted in it. One side of the hall contains stained glass windows in Gothic style. The yellow colour is used profusely and the walls and the sofa set in the hall are in yellow. A screen on one end separates the area where the ladies used to sit and watch the assembly proceedings in relative privacy. Some paintings of Raja Ravi Verma are also present here.

The interior walls of the palace are adorned by old paintings belonging to the mid-19th century, including some Greek and Dutch paintings. Some of the other attractions include a dining table belonging to the Diwan of Mysore, Sir Mirza Ismail. This table contained a mother-of-pearl inlay with Chinese lacquer work.

Renovation

Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wadiyar is working towards renovating this palace after he obtained the right to own it. The woodwork has been renovated and the ballroom has been redone. Even the brass-fittings and lamps have been replaced and the furniture has been newly upholstered. Out of the collection of 30,000 photographs currently present in the palace, it is planned that about 1,000 of them will be restored and put up for viewing in an exhibition. A room has been converted into a boutique where silks and other garments used by the royal family will be exhibited. The palace is open to the public who can visit it after paying a nominal fee. There are also plans to rent out the ballroom for private parties and to sell silk scarves, photographs and other articles used by the royal family to the tourists. Illumination of the palace and renovating the gardens using Mexican grass is also being planned. It took more than Rs 1 lakh to construct the exquisite Bangalore Palace during that time. The land where this huge edifice is located, is originally owned by Reverend Garret.

The entry fee to the Bangalore Palace at Karnataka is Rs 100 for adults and Rs 50 for children. For the foreign tourists the entry fee is Rs 200. Additional charges are taken for video recording and photography

Parking Enough for royal entourage, and more. Parking fees are nominal.

Timings 10am to 5:30pm. Open all days, except Sundays other holidays.


Bangalore Palace Photo Gallery


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Vidhan Soudha

Name: Vidhana Soudha

Location:Opposite Bangalore High Court.

Main attraction: Assembly of Karnataka.

Built in 1956, Vidhana Soudha is located in the famous Cubbon Park Bangalore. Get to see the superb Dravidian architecture as portrayed in the Vidhana Soudha Bangalore. Known as the famous landmark of Bangalore, Vidhana Soudha houses the Legislative Chambers of the state government.

It is an imposing building, constructed in a style sometimes described as 'Neo-Dravidian', and incorporates elements of Indo-Saracenic, Rajasthani Jharokha and Dravidian styles.

It was built in the 1950s. Shri Kengal Hanumanthaiah, Chief Minister of Mysore from 1951 to 1956, is credited with the conception of the Vidhana Soudha. He visited Europe, Russia, United States and other places and got the idea of building Vidhana Soudha by incorporating various designs from the buildings he had seen. The foundation was laid by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, on July 13, 1951. It was completed in 1956. Kengal Hanumanthaiah took a lot of interest and effort in building this marvelous granite building. It is also called as Taj Mahal of south India[citation needed]. Thousands of prisoners were used to build this building because of shortage of laborers. Kengal Hanumanthaiah had to face lot of criticism as the cost of building increased during the construction.

The Vidhana Soudha has four floors above and one floor below ground level and sprawls across an area of 700 by 350 feet. It is the largest Legislative building in India. Its eastern face has a porch with 12 granite columns, 40 feet tall. Leading to the foyer is a flight of stairs with 45 steps, more than 200 feet wide. The central dome, 60 feet in diameter, is crowned by a likeness of the Indian national emblem.

The cost of construction at that time was just 17.5 million rupees. But presently, annual maintenance cost itself is more than 20 million rupees (which include repairs, painting, and other miscellaneous expenses).

The building is illuminated on Sundays and public holidays.

The Karnataka government has constructed a replica named Vikasa Soudha to the south of the building. Initiated by the then Chief Minister S M Krishna and inaugurated in February 2005, it is intended to be an annex housing some of the ministries and legislative offices.

Opposite to Vidhana soudha is The High Court of Karnataka. Both buildings are in the Cubbon park.

The sprawling building and its surroundings occupy 60 acres. Sri Hanumanthaiya wanted "Vidhana Soudha" to symbolise the legislative sovereignty of the people like the capital in Washington or The House of Commons in London. It was completed in the year 1956 as a result of relentless work of thousands workers with an expenditure of Rs 1.84 crores.

It was Winston Churchill who once quipped that men made the buildings but that the buildings subsequently made men. The magnificent and gigantic granite, the seat of Karnataka Legislature and the government stands as testimoney to this observation. What was once a virtual wilderness surrounding the Old Residency Building (Now called the Raj Bhavan), has been transformed into a marvelous Architectural pieces in the country.

The building is rectangular in shape measuring 700 feet north-south and 350 feet east-west, with two inner open quadrangles on either side of the central wing measuring about 230 feet by 230 feet each. The northern wings with a ground and three upper floors is 63 feet 6 inches high, while the southern wing with a cellar floor, a ground floor, and three upper floors is 73 feet 6 inches high from the ground level. The Central Wing with a Banquet Hall on the ground floor and the Legislative Assembly Chamber above is 112 feet high. It is therefore one of the largest of the Legislative buildings and impresses many visitors as larger as and more beautiful than similar buildings in Australia, the United States and even Canada.
 

Marvel of neo-Dravidian architecture and one of the most imposing building not only in Bangalore but in India. One of the interesting feature of this building in grand stairs in its front. The grand stairs has a flight of forty-five steps 204 feet wide 70 feet deep giving a direct access to the foyer of first floor leading to an Assembly Chamber. The architecture of the building is based on Dravidian style, comprising richly carved bases and capitals for pillars, deep friezes, kapotha cornices, chaithya arches, heavy pediments domical finials, etc; At the same time, the construction has been on modern designs, making use of the present-day materials like steel, reinforced cement concrete glass, plastic, etc.

The general appearance of the Vidhana Soudha with its skillful blending of ancient and modern 'architectural styles, is both massive and striking. The twelve forty-foot columns in front of the Assembly Hall provided an imposing background for the Central dome and six smaller ones. The Central dome, supported by eight pillars is sixty feet in diameter and provides the roof over the State Banquet Hall.

The Legislative Assembly Chamber measures 125 feet by 132 feet and 40. feet high and is located in the first floor of the central wingand has a seating accommodation for 268 Members, with provision for future expansion to accommodate about 100 more Members by readjustment of the seating arrangements.

The Legislative Council Chamber is located in the first floor of the southern wing. It measures 100 feet by 78 feet high and has a seating capacity of 88 members.

The Vidhana Soudha has three main floors (each of which measures over 1,32,400 sq ft) and a top floor (1,01,165 sq ft). The total floor area adds up to 5,05,505 sq ft.

• Its overall length is 700 feet, width is 350 feet and height (measuring from floor level to top of central dome) is 150 feet.

• The building's central dome is sixty feet in diameter and is supported by eight pillars. It also has six smaller domes, four in front and two behind.

• There are twelve forty-foot columns over the entrance steps.

• The Vidhana Soudha was completed in four years: construction began in 1952 and was finished in 1956.

• About 5000 labourers and 1500 chisellers, masons and wood-carvers worked on the project.

• Almost all the unskilled workers deployed in its construction were convicts, who were given their freedom on its completion.

• The entire cost of the project was Rs 1.75 crore.
Everyone knows that the Vidhana Soudha houses the state secretariat and legislature, and that it was the brainchild of the late Kengal Hanumanthaiah, Chief Minister of Mysore state. But did you know...

• It is truly a secular edifice, showing features of British, Dravidian, and Indo-Islamic architecture.

•The Vidhana Soudha is built largely with "Bangalore granite", excavated from the areas around Mallasandra and Hessaraghatta. For visual effect and relief, "Magadi pink" and "Turuvekere black" stones have also been used.

The Vidhana Soudha project, from conception, execution and completion can be attributed completely to the dynamic leadership of late K Hanumanthaiah. His grand vision was of an imposing monument vital on the city's sightseeing map combined with a seat of excellence from which the government secretariat functions.

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