The 55-year-old firebrand editor of the weekly Kannada tabloid by her name "Gauri Lankesh Patrike" was brutally gunned by yet unidentified men outside her home in the city's southwest suburb on September 5 night.
A resistance meeting was held here and renowned journalists, activists and thinkers demanded that the Karnataka government "hastens" the Special Investigation Team's probe into the murder.
CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and noted social activist Medha Patkar are expected to participate in the protest.
Gauri's mother Indira, sister Kavitha, brother Indrajit and niece Esha also took part.
After her death last week, protests were held across several Indian cities but this one in her hometown prompted the biggest turnout yet. They are embedded deep within our nation's soil and no majoritarian fascists can take that away from us. This is the largest constructed machine of hate since partition, with a thought-out, coherent strategy. Writers, thinkers, social activists, journalists, people's forums and activists of various political organisations from across the country joined the protest rally.
"The inquiry which is underway through the SIT formed by the state government should hasten and complete its enquiry and identify the powers behind the murder", said the statement. A painting of Gauri Lankesh, a pyramid of umbrellas bearing messages of resistance, and life-sized dolls representing people from diverse cultures and faiths were some of the art installations at the grounds.
A Physicallt disabeled woman at the'I am Gauri rallyTwitter Arun Dev
"Now, I'm Gauri", he said.
"Those of us here would like to tell her murderers loud and clear: 'I am Gauri, we are all Gauri, '" it added.
Besides students from eminent colleges like St. Joseph's College joining the protest, the rally is also being led by journalist Palagummi Sainath, Teesta Setalvad and activist and documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and film producer Prakash Raj.
Those marching were seen singing protest songs, raising slogans like "Gauri Lankesh Amar Rahe" (Long live Gauri Lankesh) and demanding that Lankesh's assailants be brought to book.
Karnataka's Aam Aadmi Party was a prominent participant in the protest, with journalist-turned-politician Ashish Khetan also joining the rally.