Okay.H. Ramaiah, a distinguished character of yesteryear Bangalore, typically referred Gubbi Thotadappa as a fatherly determine (appa), Janopakari Doddanna as (Anna), elder brother. The providers they rendered encompassed a really massive strata of town irrespective of sophistication, solid and creed.
A vivid description of the life and contribution of Doddanna to Bengaluru is discovered Prof. V Krishna Setty’s e book (1997), who had an extended affiliation with the establishment based by Doddanna.
Doddanna Shetty was born on February 3, 1840 to a pious couple Nanjundappa and Siddamma. They belonging to a vegetable oil extracting and buying and selling group. They lived in Business Road in Cantonment space throughout 1830s. Along with being god fearing and religious, the couple have been additionally broadly recognized for his or her charity and hospitality. Nanjundappa was the top of the group and was known as ‘Yajaman’.
Doddanna, acquired the schooling required for the household enterprise, and after the demise of his father assumed the publish of Yajaman, and continued the household commerce. He had additionally inherited the mother and father’ trait of charity and hospitality and with none bias, helped the downtrodden to stay with dignity.
He used to go throughout evening with a couple of of his associates to distribute good meals and blankets to assist the destitute and vagabonds on the streets and in addition the wandering monks who took shelter at Poornaiah Choultry which was positioned subsequent to Tulasi Thota close to Dharmambudi Tank, the current day Kempegowda Central Bus stand.
He renovated the Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple, his household deity, on Previous Poor Home Highway in Cantonment and liberally donated for such work undertaken by different temples in Bengaluru. He had additionally given away a portion of his land close to Bangalore East Railway station for the usage of Buddha Centre. Due to these liberal contributions he was even known as ‘Daanashoora Karna’, a distinguished character recognized for such charitable acts within the epic, Mahabharata. Regardless of being benevolent to the society, as if to check his interior power to face the adversities, he misplaced three wives, one after the opposite. Although two sons have been born to the fourth spouse she too died quickly.
But, he recovered from these onslaughts of the destiny and continued to serve his metropolis. Throughout 1898, there was extreme plague assault in Bengaluru and the primary son Lakshminarayana fell a sufferer for the pandemic. Realising that isolation is the only real answer to forestall the unfold of the illness, Doddanna acquired about 2 hundred shelters in-built a village Venkatapura for the good thing about the members of his group. The plague had additionally disadvantaged the schooling to many downtrodden kids. To groom the longer term era on correct ethical and moral grounds, he took some house close to the current day KR Market in 1900 and began a decrease secondary college to impart free schooling particularly for poor kids. He handled these children as his personal and took private care even in giving them oil bathtub, meals and clothes.
Pouring a significant chunk of his wealth he additionally began to assemble an enormous constructing to run the college. He wished this construction to symbolize the tradition and ethics of the land and also needs to be sufficiently big to serve the aim of a faculty, choultry, theatre and meeting corridor. Later, his constructing grew to become a landmark within the metropolis as Doddanna corridor and in addition as Paramount theatre.
Across the yr 1900, the Mysore Authorities had began the development of the constructing of Income Survey Workplace in Cubbon Park, close to KR circle. The contractor, Tatayaa had given the duty of the development to Rangappa. On a regular basis, whereas strolling from Cantonment to his college within the Metropolis Market space, Doddanna used to pause a little bit and observe the development and used to discussthe particulars with Rangappa. Lastly, when the constructing was accomplished, he preferred the elegant entrance elevation of the construction and the superb high quality of labor. He wished his constructing additionally to symbolize the native tradition and custom. He have interaction d Rangappa to offer his dream a practical form.
Inspiration for Doddanna Corridor
The development work below his private supervision was happening. At this juncture, destiny shot one other main blow by taking away the lifetime of his second and the one surviving son, Lakshminarasimha. For the reason that son died initially of the development, some elders suggested him to not proceed the work as his planetary positions weren’t in his favour. However, he accepted the adversities as challenges and proceeded with the work.
Doddanna’s philanthropic actions and his persisting efforts for the welfare of the downtrodden regardless of obstacles, have been recognized to the elite of town.
Another elders informed him that his strolling all the best way from Cantonment to the Metropolis Market space was strenuous, Doddanna didn’t agree. “I can afford to have a private coach for my motion. However, I really feel, the cash I spend for a similar can be utilized to get few extra cups of milk or oil to offer bathtub to the poor little ones in my college…”