Inscription Stones of Bangalore - A Citizen Project
P L Udaya Kumar
3rd November 2018, Saturday 5:30 PM at Arkay Convention Center,
146/3 R.H.Road, OMS Lakshana (Above Shah Electronics), Mylapore, Chennai
About the Topic
Inscriptions stones (Shila Shaasanas) in the Bengaluru area are original documentation of the people of that region, their culture, religion, and language. These stones conjure up vivid pictures of the historic and social fabric of the past, with linguistic plurality, construction of lakes, tax practices, donations, grants, governance et al making up their warp and weft. Rampant urbanization in Bengaluru has led to the destruction of a majority of the 150 stones in the old ‘Bangalore’ region, painstakingly documented by B.L. Rice and others between 1894 and 1905 and captured remarkably in the twelve-volume ‘Epigraphia Carnatica’ series.
The talk will focus on “Inscription Stones Of Bangalore” (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/inscriptionstones & Twitter: @inscriptionblr) a citizen activism project to raise awareness and protect ancient inscription stones found in the Bengaluru region. The project has been using technology (social media, mapping, 3D scanning, 3D printing, OCR) to protect preserve & restore the dignity of the last few remaining ‘Inscription Stones Of Bangalore’. One of its passionately ambitious projects is to build a Mandapa designed in ‘Ganga’ style to house the oldest known inscription of Bengaluru, dating back to 750 CE, the “Kittiah Veeragallu” (Kittiah Herostone) of Hebbal, through crowd-funding from all strata of the society including the local community, a path-breaking attempt in responsible heritage activism.
About the Speaker
Udaya is a passionate Bangalorean and an accidental historian-conservationist. He has a Master’s degree in Engineering Mechanics from IIT Madras and has earlier worked in various capacities for the Tatas and General Electric. He currently heads the Software Delivery Centre, India at Schneider Electric, delivering industrial automation solutions to clients worldwide.