Okay.H. Ramaiah, a outstanding 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 giant strata of town irrespective of sophistication, forged 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 a protracted 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 Industrial Road in Cantonment space throughout 1830s. Along with being god fearing and non secular, the couple have been additionally extensively identified for his or her charity and hospitality. Nanjundappa was the top of the group and was known as ‘Yajaman’.
Doddanna, bought the training required for the household enterprise, and after the dying 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 dwell with dignity.
He used to go throughout night time with a number of of his associates to distribute good meals and blankets to assist the destitute and vagabonds on the streets and likewise the wandering monks who took shelter at Poornaiah Choultry which was situated 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He renovated the Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple, his household deity, on Outdated Poor Home Street in Cantonment and liberally donated for such work undertaken by different temples in Bengaluru.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 once even known as ‘Daanashoora Karna’, a outstanding character identified for such charitable acts within the epic, Mahabharata. Regardless of being benevolent to the society, as if to check his internal energy 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 resolution to stop the unfold of the illness, Doddanna bought about 2 hundred shelters inbuilt a village Venkatapura for the good thing about the members of his group. The plague had additionally disadvantaged the training to many downtrodden youngsters. To groom the long run era on correct ethical and moral grounds, he took some area close to the current day KR Market in 1900 and began a decrease secondary college to impart free training particularly for poor youngsters. He handled these youngsters as his personal and took private care even in giving them oil tub, 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 characterize the tradition and ethics of the land and must also be sufficiently big to serve the aim of a faculty, choultry, theatre and meeting corridor. Later, his constructing turned a landmark within the metropolis as Doddanna corridor and likewise as Paramount theatre.
Across the 12 months 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 accountability 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 bit of and observe the development and used to discussthe particulars with Rangappa. Lastly, when the constructing was accomplished, he appreciated the elegant entrance elevation of the construction and the wonderful high quality of labor. He wished his constructing additionally to characterize the native tradition and custom. He have interaction d Rangappa to present his dream a practical form.
Inspiration for Doddanna Corridor
The development work underneath 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 hindrances, have been identified to the elite of town.
Another elders instructed him that his strolling all the way in which 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 present tub to the poor little ones in my college…”