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Bangalore (/bæŋɡəˈlɔːr/), officially known as Bengaluru ([ˈbeŋɡəɭuːɾu] (About this sound listen)), is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. It has a population of over ten million, making it a megacity and the third most populous city and fifth most populous urban agglomeration in India. It is located in southern India on the Deccan Plateau. Its elevation is over 900 m (3,000 ft) above sea level, the highest of India's major cities.

A succession of South Indian dynasties, the Western Gangas, the Cholas and the Hoysalas, ruled the present region of Bangalore until in 1537 CE, Kempé Gowdā – a feudal ruler under the Vijayanagara Empire – established a mud fort considered to be the foundation of modern Bangalore. In 1638, the Marāthās conquered and ruled Bangalore for almost 50 years, after which the Mughals captured and sold the city to the Mysore Kingdom of the Wadiyar dynasty. It was captured by the British after victory in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War (1799), who returned administrative control of the city to the Maharaja of Mysore. The old city developed in the dominions of the Maharaja of Mysore and was made capital of the Princely State of Mysore, which existed as a nominally sovereign entity of the British Raj.

In 1809, the British shifted their cantonment to Bangalore, outside the old city, and a town grew up around it, which was governed as part of British India. Following India's independence in 1947, Bangalore became the capital of Mysore State, and remained capital when the new Indian state of Karnataka was formed in 1956. The two urban settlements of Bangalore – city and cantonment – which had developed as independent entities merged into a single urban centre in 1949. The existing Kannada name, Bengalūru, was declared the official name of the city in 2006.

Bangalore is sometimes referred to as the "Silicon Valley of India" (or "IT capital of India") because of its role as the nation's leading information technology (IT) exporter. Indian technological organisations ISRO, Infosys, Wipro and HAL are headquartered in the city. A demographically diverse city, Bangalore is the second fastest-growing major metropolis in India. It is home to many educational and research institutions in India, such as Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore) (IIMB), National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore, National Institute of Design, Bangalore (NID R&D Campus), National Law School of India University (NLSIU) and National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS). Numerous state-owned aerospace and defence organisations, such as Bharat Electronics, Hindustan Aeronautics and National Aerospace Laboratories are located in the city. The city also houses the Kannada film industry.

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The Bangalore Palace

Bangalore Palace, a palace located in the city of Bangalore, India, was built to look like a smaller replica of the Windsor Castle in England.[1][2] It was built by Rev. Garrett, who was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College.[3] The construction of the palace was started in 1862 and completed in 1944. In 1884, it was bought by the Maharaja of Mysore, Chamaraja Wodeyar.[3] Now owned by the current scion of the Mysore royal family, Srikanta Datta Narsimharaja Wadiyar, the palace has recently undergone a renovation. The sprawling grounds surrounding the palace are used for holding public events including music concerts. Some of the well known international music bands and rockstars that have performed here include heavy metal legends Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Sting, Scorpions, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Bryan Adams .[4][1][5][6]

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Shiva Statue at Old Airport  Road.
Credit: Luna Park

This is a tall Shiva statue at Old Airport Road, Bangalore

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Bengaluru International Airport
Credit: Kannanokannan

Kempegowda International Airport (IATA: BLR, ICAO: VOBL) is an international airport serving Bangalore, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. Spread over 4,000 acres (1,600 ha), it is located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of the city near the village of Devanahalli. It is owned and operated by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), a public–private consortium. The airport opened in May 2008 as an alternative to increased congestion at HAL Airport, the original primary commercial airport serving the city. It is named after Kempe Gowda I, the founder of Bangalore. Kempegowda International Airport became Karnataka's first fully solar powered airport developed by CleanMax Solar.

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  1. ^ a b Habib Beary. "Stones prepare for India concert". Online webpage of the BBC, dated 2003-04-03. BBC, MMVII. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  2. ^ N. Niranjan Nikam. "Restoring royal glory". Online Edition of The Deccan Herald, dated 2007-06-04. 2007, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Wadiyar to restore Bangalore Palace". Online Edition of The Hindu, dated 2005-07-22. The Hindu. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Now, C. Ashwath will enthral Bangaloreans". Online Edition of The Hindu, dated 2005-04-14. The Hindu. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  5. ^ "'Come back to you', Bryan's promise to Bangaloreans". Online Edition of The Deccan Herald, dated 2006-02-06. 2006, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Bangalore rocks to Aerosmith's heavy metal". Online webpage of DnaIndia.com, dated 2007-06-02. © 2005-2007 Diligent Media Corporation Ltd. Retrieved 2007-06-27.