When Tagore came to Bangalore in 1919, it was on the invitation of Amateur Drama Association (ADA) of Bangalore. Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, in an interesting article that he wrote for the Star of Mysore , says that James Cousins knew Tagore well enough to invite him for the drama festival and Tagore graciously accepted the invitation.
The drama festival, Mr. Murthy writes, “was arranged in Doddanna auditorium opposite the city market Anjaneyaswamy temple. A huge pandal was erected to accommodate surging crowds. Bellary Raghava, V. Gopalaswamy, T.P. Kailasam, S.G. Sastri, K. Sampadgiri Rao, Tirumale Tatacharya Sharma etc. were present at the venue to welcome Tagore. The pandal was full by about 5.30 p.m. Tagore reached the venue by a car and walked up to the dais to the thunderous applause by the public of Bangalore.
The famous musician Mysore Vasudevacharya rendered the invocation ‘Vatapi Ganapatim Bhaje’. Kailasam came to the dais and rendered the song ‘Oh, Father into that heaven of freedom let my country awake’. Tears rolled on the cheeks of Tagore.” During this visit Tagore is supposed to have given three lectures at Lalbagh.
But it was during his subsequent visit to Bangalore in 1928 that he stayed at Ballabrooie. He was accompanied by the great statistician P.C. Mahalanobis, who was a student of Tagore. They were here on the invitation of vice-chancellor of Mysore University, Brojendranath Seal, a great scholar who was regarded highly by Mahalanobis and Tagore.