Honouring Malleswaram’s eminent residents

Dewan of Mysore Seshadri Iyer and founding president of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat H.V. Nanjundaiah, Nobel laureate C.V. Raman, renowned Kannada poet and writer G.P. Rajarathnam… all stalwarts in their own right have one thing in common. They were all residents of Malleswaram.

This nugget of information is the basis of the book — Malleswarada Rashtra Shilpigalu (Nation builders of Malleswaram).

The book that has been painstakingly compiled by 21 members of the Malleswaram Residents’ Welfare Association was released in August this year.

According to B.R. Gopal Rao, president of the association, this book that has profiled around 160 renowned personalities is the first of its kind.

“No other residential locality has had so many renowned personalities living there. The locality has flourished over the years because of the contribution of these personalities,” he said and added that no other area has a book dedicated on its residents.

The residential locality in the heart of the city was a planned suburb that was created in 1898 when there was an outbreak of plague that forced many residents to move out of their homes in the city centre.

Over the years, the locality developed and continues to be one of the most sought after residential areas in the city.

Mr. Rao said that they were inspired to bring out the book during the centenary celebrations of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat.

“We began with the simple intention of compiling the list of stalwarts who have lived in the area and chronicling their contributions to society. We wanted to restrict the book to 200 pages, but we realised later the enormity of the exercise when we began collecting details,” he said.

The data collection began with door-to-door visits and requests for details, photographs and follow-up visits. It took almost eight months to get the book ready. The association, apart from mobilising funds from its members, also collected contributions from the traders in the area. “We have spent nearly Rs. 3 lakh, including publishing the book and expenditure incurred for a grand book release function.”

The association is now gearing up to release a second volume of the book. Mr. Rao said that after the book was released, many residents came forward with more details of renowned personalities of the area.

“We now have details on 75 people. The second volume may take another six months at least,” he said.

The book is available with the association at 22/2, 'Chavadi', 10th Cross, West Park Road, Malleswaram, Bengaluru 560003, and is priced at Rs. 450.

The book that has profiled around 160 personalities is reportedly the

first of its kind

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