Ancient stones tell tales of Bangalore

Antara Kumar

Inscription Stone, unearthed recently

Bangalore, November 20, 2017: Inscription stones and tablets strewn all over the city are evidence that Tamil, and Telugu were always a part of the culture in Bangalore, said Dr. M. B. Krishna, citizen of Bangalore.

Dr. Krishna, pointed to a stone-tablet and said, “The long-stretched calligraphy inscribed on the tablet, displays the rich culture that the city possessed from ancient times- as multiple languages such as Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada, were always a part of the culture in Bengaluru.”

Inscription stones  containing thousands of years-old history of Bangalore, remain undiscovered and unrecognized in multiple places across the city and in neighboring taluks.

Inscription stones are large stone tablets with calligraphy that contain history of the ancient Bangalore, said Uday Kumar – an organizer and volunteer at the exhibition of inscription stones at Venkatappa Art Gallery in the Bangalore Government Museum. These stone tablets date back to centuries, he said.

An organizer of the exhibition, Vinay Kumar said, most inscriptions were lost and ignored.  “They are lying in the middle of a road, exposed to traffic, half-buried somewhere, lying in garbage dumps; vehicles run past them, dogs urinate on them, people paint on them, and that is how they are lying on the road and in places- abandoned. Vibhutipura and Belur, are the only two places where the inscriptions have been discovered and recognized for what they are.”

An engineer by profession, Vinay Kumar,said, “A few months back I came to know about inscriptions being unearthed in a place called Kyathamaranahalli- which is near my home. I started researching about the inscriptions and stumbled upon a book called Epigraphia Karnataka. I came to know that there are stones in places like Yeshwanthpur, Jalahalli, and Dasarahalli, across the city.”

He then started his restoration project after identifying locations of these stones. “Out of the total 150 inscription stones, only 25 could have been restored and those are the ones on the posters, at the exhibition,” he said.

Museum Commissioner Manjula stated that this is an active and wonderful initiative to save the inscriptions.

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