Vidhana Soudha cost Rs 2 crore to build. Its 60th anniversary “event” cost Kengal Hanumanthaiah’s grandson Rs 9 crore.


Love it or loathe it, the Vidhana Soudha is Bangalore’s signature building.

The five-storeyed, 500,000 square feet structure was built in four years flat.

And, although Karnataka first chief minister K.C. Reddy kicked it off, it was his successor, Kengal Hanumanthaiah, who is widely credited with its “redesign and speedy construction”. Work began in 1952 and ended in 1956.

Total cost: variously estimated between Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 2 crore.


The Kannada newspaper Praja Vani has a report today on the expenses incurred by the Congress government of Siddaramaiah to celebrate the 60 years of the Vidhana Soudha.

The news story is mainly intended to convey the profligacy of the state government, and so far Rs 9.12 crore has been total cost to the exchequer.

Taking a lion’s share of the event is the Hyderabad-based event manager DNA Entertainment Network: Rs 5.54 crore.

Guess who set up DNA?

Kengal Hanumanthaiah’s grandson, T. Venkat Vardhan.


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Photograph: courtesy Wikipedia

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