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The foundation of Jayanagar was laid in the year 1948. It is surrounded by Basavanagudi, JP Nagar, Wilson Garden, Banashankari 2nd stage, Gurappanapalya, Suddaguntepalya and BTM Layout among other areas. It is in proximity to the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. Jayanagar has 10 area blocks (including 4th 'T' Block), of which the 3rd and 4th blocks are largely commercial hubs, while the rest are mostly residential.
In Kannada, Jayanagar splits into Jaya and nagar literally meaning Victory City. It is not definitively known why that is. One school of thought is that Jaya comes from Mysore's Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar.
The foundation of Jayanagar was laid in 1948. It was one of the first planned neighbourhoods in Bangalore and, at the time, the largest in Asia. Jayanagar constituency has seven wards and had 1.8 lakh voters as of 2013[update].
Jayanagar was traditionally regarded as the southern end of Bangalore. The "South End Circle", where six roads meet, and the historic Ashoka Pillar (which was to mark the southern end) bear this fact. While newer extensions have taken away this distinction from Jayanagar, it remains one of the more southern parts of the city.
In 1976, during the regime of D. Devaraj Urs, another iconic structure was added to Jayanagar, the Jayanagar BDA Shopping complex. It also housed the famous Puttanna Kanagal theatre. There was a fire in 2008. Later a new development project was initiated in 2011-2012 during the tenure of B. S. Yediyurappa and B. N. Vijaya Kumar worth around 193 crores that also involved demolishing the Puttanna Kanagal theatre.
Schools and Colleges
The following are some of the old schools and colleges in Jayanagar
- Bangalore High School
- BES College
- Holy Christ School
- Model Education Society School
- National College, Bangalore
- NMKRV College for Women
- NSVK High School
- Vijaya College, Bangalore
- Vijaya High school
- Vijaya Junior College
- B. S. Chandrasekhar, former Indian cricketer, legendary leg spinner
- Prakash Belawadi, national award-winning filmmaker
- Shashi Deshpande, writer
- G. Venkatasubbiah, Kannada writer, Grammarian, editor, lexicographer
- V. V. Giri, former president of India
- N. R. Narayana Murthy, Infosys founder
- Sudha Murty, Writer, Teacher, Philanthropist, Infosys Foundation Chairperson
- Raja Ramanna, nuclear physicist
- S. K. Ramachandra Rao, scholar
- Tara, actress and politician
- Vishnuvardhan, Kannada actor
- Bharathi, Kannada actress
- Puttanna Kanagal, Kannada movie director
- Bhargavi Narayan, Kannada actress
- Anil Kumble, Cricketer
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