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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history and culture of Bangalore?

Ravinder Malik DEC 10 2012
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A close look at the this mighty city and you’ll see the webs of captivating legends entwined between the urban buildings and busy streets. Two legends narrate the story behind how the place came to be called Bangalore or Bengaluru (as they call it nowadays). Kempe Gowda, a feudal lord, went hunting one day. That is when the sight of a gentle rabbit turning to threaten his dog took him by surprise. He was so impressed by the little rabbit’s courage that he named the place gandu bhoomi - the place of the heroes. Some also say that Bengaluru (the new name for Bangalore) means the ‘Town of the Boiled Beans’. Good guess! This is the second legend. Once, when King Hoysala was lost and famished, an old women served him boiled beans. And from those beans germinated the name Bengaluru. Later in 1537, Kempe Gowda built three districts here and a wall fort (of course with assistance) and then in 1759 the Mysore Maharaja gifted this city to Hyder Ali. Mysore was still a more popular place.

But after 1831 sparks of technology started to flicker in Bangalore. The British made it their administrative capital (owing to its favourable whether). King Krishna Raja Wodeyar III was accused of misrule and Bangalore became Britain’s own country. Soon railway tracks were laid, telecommunications picked pace and technology boomed. Bangalore started to outshine it’s neighbour city - Mysore. And this spark introduced by the British rule continued to grow until the city became the biggest IT hub today.

People from across the country - Engineers, IT professionals, marketing executives and now even writers are pouring into Bangalore. Hence the city witnesses mixed culture. Plus, it has numerous educational institutions that provides ample opportunities for cultural exchange. The diversity of festivals - Dussehra, Id and Christmas, the variety of languages and the combination of traditional suburbs and urban city life gives Bangalore its very own cultural design.

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