Every city has its share of a people who are famous for one reason or the other. Bengaluru is no exception, being home to a progressive, urban population with a penchant for the technological. Here are some people who call the city home, and whose achievements will surely leave you impressed.
- Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan -The 76 years old space scientist is best known for his Chairmanship of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), a position that he held for 9 years. His tenure saw several milestones as India moved up the ladder in space exploration and research. He is a recipient of three Padma awards, 16 honorary degrees, and was also a member of the Rajya Sabha and the Planning Commission.
- G. Siddhartha – It may come as a surprise to you to know that the Café Coffee Day chain is actually an Indian company, started by Siddhartha. Growing from Karnataka, his outlets are among the most visible chains in India, and he has expanded his business to including coffee export, investment and brokering, furnishings, and logistics. He was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year by Economic Times in 2003.
- Lakshmi Menon – The international supermodel is among the most well-known Indian faces in the fashion circuit. She began modelling during her college days in Bengaluru, and began an international career in 2006. Since then, she has walked the ramp for several fashion brands, has been on the cover of Vogue, and was the first Indian model to be featured on the Pirelli Calander. Her dusky skin has been widely celebrated for challenging the fair-skin obsession.
- Narayana Murthy – The legendary tech titan co-founded his company from the ground up, and today, Infosys is among the best consulting, technology, engineering and outsourcing companies in the world. His name often features on the world’s best entrepreneurs list, and Time Magazine describes him as the father the the IT industry of India. Along with his wife Sudha Murthy, his contribution to philanthropic acts has also been significant.
- Maya Rao – The Indian classical dancer was known for her pioneering work in Kathak, and for her splendid dance ballets. Her introduction of the northern dance style to South India, particularly Bengaluru, was an important step in the amalgamation of India’ artistic culture. Her entire life was dedicated to her art, and not only was she a widely acclaimed performer, but also a respected teacher and choreographer. She died in 2014 at the age of 86.
Of course, these five are just a few among many. But they do give a glimpse into just how much diversity a single city can produce, because even within that frame, not everyone leads the same life. But what unites those above is that in their own ways, they were path-breakers, men and women who dared to shun the mold and pave a new way, giving others a chance to walk on the same road, or the inspiration to do something entirely new.