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Nadaprabhu Kempegowda

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    29th Jun, 2022
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A bronze statue of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, credited to be the founder of Bengaluru, will be unveiled soon at the premises of the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).

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About Nadaprabhu Kempegowda:

  • Nadaprabhu Kempegowda was a 16th century chieftain of the Vijayanagara Empire, is credited as the founder of Bengaluru.
  • He approached the Vijayanagara kings for the requisite permission and laid the foundations for what would become Bangalore City in
  • Kempegowda is also known to have developed around 1,000 lakes in the city to cater to drinking and agricultural needs.
  • He was from the dominant agricultural Vokkaliga community in south Karnataka.
  • Kempe Gowda was a patron of the arts and authored ‘Ganga-Gouri Sallapamu’ in Telugu

Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Statue:

  • Marking the 511th birth anniversary of Kempegowda, former CM BS Yediyurappa had laid the foundation for the project in June 2020.
  • The 108-ft bronze statue is being constructed in a 23-acre heritage park on the airport premises.
  • It has a 4,000 kg sword.

Vokkaliga Community:

  • The Vokkaliga caste originates in the Indian state of Karnataka.
  • In the former princely state of Mysore, the Vokkaligas were the largest community.
  • As a community of warriors and cultivators, they have historically wielded tremendous demographic, political, and economic dominance in Old Mysore.
  • The term Vokkaliga comes from the word Vokku, which means to thresh grains from crops.
  • In 1906, the Vokkaligara Sangha was founded in Bangalore.
  • Byanna was the Sangha's first president, and the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, and Diwan V.P.Madhava Rao were the association's patron and vice-patron, respectively.
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