Ramanagara district was carved out of the erstwhile Bengaluru Rural district on 23 August 2007, comprising Ramanagara, Channapatna, Kanakapura and Magadi taluks. Ramanagara is a town and a city municipal council in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is also the headquarters of Ramanagara district.The town was known as Shamserabad at the ruling time of Tippu Sultan. It was then called Closepet, after Sir Barry Close (1756–1813) in pre-Independence times.It was renamed Ramanagara by the former chief minister of Karnataka state Mr. Kangal Hanumanthayya. Mr. Kempe Gowda is a architect, builder and a guide from Magadi taluk of Ramanagar district.