A stone sculpture reflecting the legacy of Rashtrakuta kings, who ruled over large parts of southern and central India, including Karnataka between 6th and 10th centuries, will be installed at Cubbon Park. The structure, estimated to go up to 40ft, will come up at the Ringwood Circle behind the State Central Library in the park. The idea is to turn the vacant space into another landmark. Mahantesh Murgod, deputy director of horticulture (Cubbon Park), told “The 1,200 sq ft space, where the stone sculpture will be installed, has been vacant. Our earlier plan to set up a mini glasshouse there didn’t materialise. Now, we have got permission to set up installations that reflect the legacy of the kingdoms that ruled Karnataka. Noted environmentalist AN Yellappa Reddy has been asked to finalise the design.” Yellappa Reddy said the administration and legacy of Rashtrakutas have received appreciation from many. “Kavirajamarga, penned during 850 AD by Rashtrakuta king Amoghavarsha I, is the earliest available Kannada literature on rhetoric and poetics. The art, culture, lifestyle, administration and other fe atures that prevailed during the dynasty will be reflected in the form of artworks. The idea is to pass on the legacy of the kingdom to the future generation who visit the park. A final design is being prepared,” he added.
This March, for the first time, the Karnataka government celebrated Rashtrakuta Utsav at Malkhed village of Sedam taluk in Kalaburagi district. The village was known as Manyakheta in the past and served as the capital of the Rashtrakutas. Sources in the horticulture department said the idea behind the move to install the art sculpture is to save the space from politicians and communities eyeing it to install statues of their icons. “We want that space to be in tune with the nature of the park. Hence, a stone sculpture will be installed. At a recent meeting, we got the required permission from the horticulture minister,” said a senior official from the department.
Currently, Cubbon Park has statues of Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, Major General Sir Mark Cubbon, Sri Chamarajendra Wodeyar and Sir K Sheshadri Iyer, all installed during the first few decades of the 20th century. (Pic of the spot where the structure will come up available with Asif).