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Segregation/Racist Theory: According to this theory, the British segregated certain neighborhoods into British neighborhoods and "Indian neighborhoods" and Blackpally is the generic racist name given to Indian neighborhoods because of the dark skinned "natives."
Food/Crop Theory: According to this theory, scholars believed that a specific type of black rice was grown in Shivajinagar and hence the name Blackpally came about. There is an alternative food theory which says that Blackpally comes from "Bili Akki Pally." Bili Akki means white rice in Kannada and white rice was apparently in abundance in this region. There is a third food theory which states that Shivajinagar was in fact white rice central but that the name is derived from the Kannada word 'bellakki' which is commonly used to describe egrets that populated the rice fields.
Architecture Theory: According to this theory the name comes from John Blakiston (1785-1867), the architect of Cantonment who was also responsible for building parts of Shivajinagar.
Plague Theory: Old records of Bangalore speak of a "black plague" that struck the area in the nineteenth century.
Whatever you believe, many a sofa sadhu will always debate the origins of this term.
These are usually given along with two cashew-nut shaped turmeric sticks, some kumkumam, a shrivelled-up banana, and the smallest coconut available in the market. At weddings, these are given in a Tamboolam pye that are either plastic with a drawstring, or gunny with small handles. They usually have the name of the bride and groom written on them, with the appropriate "Chi"s and "Sow"s.
It also represents
(a) a secret culthood amongst mamis who scour matching centres for perfectly matching colours, and exchange tips on the range of colours and shades;
(b) an underground economy where these artifacts are gifted, exchanged, passed on, discarded, etc., at family functions, weddings, festivals;
(c) the coming of age for young women, when they are given blouse pieces instead of Rs. 101, indicating that it is time for their parents to start seeking alliances.
"Why go to Nalli-Gilli and all? There's no parking only there, and such crowds, and so costly. Lets just buy them at that little corner shop, no? It will be cheap and best. Anyway that Kamakshi Mami will only keep it in her cupboard and give it away to the next Mami who comes to her house."