An architectural beauty, yes, but user-friendly?

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Back when it was built, the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore perhaps looked big and beautiful and daunting, and conveyed the full might of the “State”. It perhaps even inspired some of those who secured a five-year lease of occupation. But who can argue that it is the most the user-friendly, for the rulers or the ruled, in the 21st century?

Notwithstanding that, dozens of replicas of Kengal Hanumanthaiah‘s architectural legacy have sprung up all over Karnataka. If the districts have scale-models in the ‘Mini’ Soudha, in faraway-Belgaum there is a near-replica of the original one, the Suvarna Soudha, and it doesn’t look half as pretty when your gaze turns to the shepherd.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

Also read: Bangalore’s best building since Vidhana Soudha

When George Fernandes tried to blow up Vidhana Soudha

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One Response to “An architectural beauty, yes, but user-friendly?”

  1. V.Padmanabha Rao Says:

    I do not anything to suggest the Vidhana soudha is either user friendly or not. I am not familiar with the view as seen in the posted photograph. It is rather strange to see the fenced in grazing area and the shanty like building in the middleground. I would like to see park similar to Cubbon Park surrounding the state capitol building.,akin to US Capitol building.
    One should be proud the building is replicated alll over the state. In The US the capitol building style is replicated in all state capitols with domed houses , some with Gold domes.

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