Bangalore International Centre had arranged a talk / presentation on“Namma Bengaluru’s Connections With The Mapping of India & Determining The Shape of Earth” by Mr. P L Udaya Kumaron Friday, 13th May, 2016 at 6.30 PM. The talk was chaired and moderated by Mr. Mr. Siddharth Raja.
Mr.Udaya Kumar had arranged an exhibition of some very interesting old survey instruments from 1800-1990s era at the centre from an avid antique Survey equipment collector from Bangalore. This was very interesting and all the members attended appreciated this.
Through a power point presentation Mr. Udaya Kumar a citizen researcher explained that, about 215 years ago, the British embarked on a mapping exercise called "the Great Trigonometric Survey of India (GTS) ". The GTS exercise is considered to be one of mankind's greatest scientific endeavors and resulted in the development of inch perfect maps of India, calculation of the height of Mt Everest & a better understanding of the shape of the Earth. GTS was an extraordinarily expensive project not only in monetary terms but also in terms of human lives lost, the number of mortalities reportedly exceeded that in the wars of 19th century India. He indicated that “What is not well known is that this amazing project started right here in Bangalore and few artifacts from then exist even today, albeit in a state of ruin and unrecognized”
In this talk he talked about his attempts to research, trace and document the current state of these artifacts. As he showed in his presentation the present state of the artifacts and how he traced them, a totally fascinated audience admired his grit, determination and passion. Siddharth Raja moderated the discussion with skill and charm.