Bangalore Munivenkatappa biography

Bangalore Munivenkatappa

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1888 –

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Who is Bangalore Munivenkatappa?

Bangalore Munivenkatappa was a building contractor in the pre-independence era of Indian history. He was born on 12 August 1888 and was majorly based in the Karnataka state. He built many prominent landmarks in his time. He was also involved in the construction of the Mysore Palace. The British honored him with the title of 'Rao Sahib' in 1937.

Lalitha Mahal Palace was designed by E.W.Fritchley and constructed by Munivenkatappa in 1931 at a cost of Rs. 1300,000.

Other than the Lalitha Mahal Palace, Munivenkatappa constructed the bridges on Kabini and T. Narsipur. In Bangalore, he constructed the Vani Vilas Hospital.

Munivenkatappa bought the gardens and the town house that belonged to the Raja of Ramnad on West Cott Road, Royapettah, Chennai, in the 1930s to establish the first Woodlands Hotel. In 1931, the hotel staged the annual conference of the prestigious Chennai Music Academy and after Indian Independence Rajaji gave a tea party at the same hotel. Later, an air-conditioned open-air theatre was constructed in the same gardens by the name Woodlands - Symphony. Even today, the hotel remains with the main building in the middle of sprawling grounds and surrounded by massive trees. The Hotel is now known as Old Woodlands or Royapettah Woodlands, but people often confuse this hotel with the New Woodlands Hotel in Dr. Radhakrishnan Road, which was established by Krishna Rao who once leased this Woodlands in 40s.

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Born
Aug 12, 1888
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  • B Munivenkatappa

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on July 23, 2013

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