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About Vidhana Soudha
Vidhana Soudha, seat of legislature of Karnataka, is an impressive building, commissioned in the year 1952 and completed by 1956. The breathtaking architecture in granite is blend of Neo-Dravidian, Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian artwork. The building comprises carved pillars, bases, pediments, cornices and arches.
It was the chief minister of the old Mysore State (Karnataka) in India, Kengal Hanumanthaiah’s (from 30 March 1952 to 19 August 1956) vision and contribution to the construction of Vidhana Soudha. It stung to him when he took a Russian cultural delegate to round Bangalore and was questioned "Have you no architecture of your own? They are all European buildings". Interesting fact is that, along with relentless works of thousands of artisans, there were also the prisoners, suggested by Kenagal Humanthaiah to utilize them in building the stature. The expense of 410,206.65 at that time resulted in this beautiful structure, Vidhana Soudha.
The 46-metre tall structure is spread over an area 245000 feet. Leading to the assembly chamber is a 45-steps stairway, with each step 200 feet wide. Among four floors of this building, one is below the ground level.
40-feet tall east facing porch has 12 granite columns of the height of 40 feet each. The Indian national emblem is carved on a central dome, which is 60 feet in diameter. On occasion of public holidays and Sundays, the building is decorated and illuminated to mark the occasion.