The city will celebrate the 179th birth anniversary C. Rangacharulu, the first Dewan of Mysore after the Rendition, on Sunday.
Cultural programmes will be held to mark the occasion.
Rangacharulu was responsible for the establishment of a body in 1881 that evoked the spirit of a representative assembly and comprised around 140 leading citizens of the city.
Although devoid of any legal authority, the assembly discussed the statement of expenditure of the government. Rangacharulu is reckoned to have trimmed the expenditure of the State and initiated economic measures to revive a sinking economy that was reeling under a severe drought in the 1870s.
Rangacharulu has been described as a brilliant man, in recognition of which he was appointed as an assistant to a commission set up in 1864, to review the conditions of the nascent railway system.
When the administration of the Mysore kingdom was handed over to the Wadiyars, and Chamaraja Wadiyar assumed power on March 25, 1881, Rangacharulu was proclaimed the Dewan of Mysore. He was at the helm of administration for two years and he died 1883.
On April 1, 1884, Chamaraja Wadiyar laid the foundation stone for a building, which is now Town Hall, and named it after Rangacharulu, to commemorate his memory. The Town Hall was inaugurated in 1888 by the Maharaja. A portrait of Rangacharulu adorns the structure to this day.
179th birth anniversary of C. Rangacharulu will be celebrated today