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Nandi Hills is a popular tourist destination for Bangaloreans. Siddharth Raja talks to Pavan Srinath about how the real history, heritage and the action is at the foot of the Nandi Hills rather than the top.
Siddharth walks listeners through the rich geological history, medieval history, the marvellous architecture of the Bhoganandishwara Temple and its surroundings, and shares glimpses of the past that have survived to this day. Siddharth and Pavan also briefly discuss challenges to heritage conservation at the edge of a growing metropolis like Bangalore.
Siddharth Raja is a corporate lawyer by weekday, and runs a Nandi Valley Walks over weekends along with his wife, Priya. Nandi Valley Walks is a successful historical walking tour company. In his free time, Siddharth pursues historical research on the Princely State of Mysore, through the biographical prism of one of its Dewans, Sir Albion Rajkumar Banerji. He was also a member of the Bangalore Tourism Advisory Committee established by the Government of Karnataka.
For more about the geology underlying the Nandi Hills and the formations underlying India, do listen to Episode 23 of BIC Talks, Glimpses of India’s Deep Natural History, with Pranay Lal. For a larger history of medieval India and the Deccan, listen to Richard Eaton and Prashant Keshavmurthy on Episode 32 of BIC Talks, India and the Persianate Age.
Siddharth Raja is a seasoned corporate lawyer now in his 23rd year of practice. He focuses on private equity and venture capital transactions, and on cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions. He has been highly ranked for several years, including by Chambers & Partners – lauded for his “global business perspective”, “attention to detail” and “excellent technical knowledge”.
Siddharth is currently one of the founder Partners of the Bangalore-headquartered full-service law firm, Saakshya Law; his fourth law practice. Siddharth previously co-founded Narasappa, Doraswamy & Raja that merged to form Samvad: Partners, where he was one of the co-founders. He has also worked in Hong Kong, with the international law firm, O’Melveny & Myers.
Siddharth graduated from St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School. A Gold Medalist with a Bachelor’s Law degree from National Law School of India University, Siddharth also holds a Master’s in Law from the University of Warwick Law School, where he was a British Council & Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening, and J. N. Tata, Scholar.
Siddharth is or has been a Visiting Professor at NLSIU; Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science; and IIM, Bangalore.
Siddharth is currently an elected Governor on the Board of Governors of the Bangalore International Centre – he was previously an elected member of the Executive Committee. He was also a member of the Bangalore Tourism Advisory Committee established by the Karnataka Government.
His love for history has led him to run a successful historical walking tour company – along with his wife, Priya – called “Nandi Valley Walks”. In his free time, Siddharth pursues historical research on the Princely State of Mysore, through the biographical prism of one of its Dewans, Sir Albion Rajkumar Banerji.