Vidhana Soudha – Bangalore’s ultimate landmark
Should I say that Vidhana Soudha is one of the most visited tourist destination in Bangalore? That’s not true because tourists are not allowed inside Vidhana Soudha. The tourists can enjoy the view from outside and do some photography which is still difficult in the current situation due to the metro project.
The construction work in front of Vidhana Soudha is been happening since many years and may take some more years for its completion. Anyways, one can still enjoy the views standing in front of Karnataka High Court, another heritage building.
Vidhana Soudha is something which the first time visitors to Bangalore shouldn’t be missing. If you say somebody that you had been to Bangalore, their first question will be, “Did you see Vidhana Soudha?” At least I ask that question so don’t miss it.
Vidhana Soudha is the State legislature building
Vidhana Soudha is the seat of State legislature of Karnataka. That means it is a government building were government works are being undertaken. The Chief Minister works from here!
The construction of this imposing building dates back to 1956. The second Chief Minister of Karnataka, Kengal Hanumanthaiah, is credited with the conception and construction of Vidhana Soudha. The foundation stone was led by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru on 13th July 1951. However, the project started in the year 1952 and was completed by 1956; it took four long years for its construction. According to some source, the entire project cost was Rs. 1.75 crore which is far lesser than its annual maintenance as of today.
More than 5000 laborers were put to work in the project. Most of the un-skilled workers were convicts who were freed after construction (I am not sure about this, more research is needed).
Vidhana Soudha structural style is of Mysore Neo-Dravidian which also incorporates elements of Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian Styles. The chief architects of the building were B R Manickam and Mr. Hanumanthaiah Rao Naidu. Mr. Manickam was a civil engineer and a town planner and Mr. Hanumanthaiah Rao Naidu was a graduate from London’s Architectural Association.