The significance:

The Bangalore Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology (BSOG) did not have an emblem of its own until 1979, when the All India Congress in Obstetrics and Gynecology was held in Bangalore. During the preparations for the Cogress, the then president, Dr Lalitha Kumar requested me to design a logo, which was unanimously approved by the executive committee.

The emblem is made in the shape of the sign for female; a circle placed on the top of a plus sign, to emphasize the society’s focus on the welfare of women (Gynecology). The plus sign is formed by the two-headed bird, Gandaberunda.

A roof sculpture depicting a Gandaberunda is found in the Rameshwara temple in the temple town of Keladi in Shimoga District (now Shivamogga). The Gandaberunda was used by the Wodeyar dynasty of Mysore as the Royal emblem. The Karnataka Government adopted this symbol as the state symbol.

A mother with her infant in the traditional Indian posture occupies the inner circle (Obstetrics). The legend, ‘Bangalore Society of obstetrics and Gynecology’ is printed in the outer circle. The full stop is replaced by an inverted triangle representing family planning.

Dr Narayanan R