Press Esc to close
Sunday 22 January 2017
News updated at 9:38 PM IST
Weather
Max: 28.9°C
Min : 15.3°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Bookworm Pranab finds his spot

New Delhi, Jan 15, 2013, DHNS:
“I can spend all five years sitting in this library and reading,” said President Pranab Mukherjee, who made his first visit to the Rashtrapati Bhavan library, now brought to its original glory after a detailed renovation work.

Known as the daughter of resplendent Durbar Hall, the library was designed by British architect Edwin Lutyens. It is located in north-east corner of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

It was dumped with books till Mukherjee, an avid reader of history, decided to renovate it. Extra books shelves have been removed to create space and a table with chairs designed by Lutyens himself added to the grace of this relatively small yet elegant portion of the imposing Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Renovated

After four months of carefully undertaken renovation work, a brightly lit library, having a view of the entire Raisina Hill, welcomes guests with 4,000 titles neatly stacked in British-era wooden cupboards, the oldest one being Alexander Beatson’s “War with
Tippoo Sultan and The Siege of Seringapatnam”, published in 1800.

Edward Foster’s “British Gallery of Engravings from the Pictures of the Italian, Flemish, Dutch and English Schools”, which has a signature of Viceroy Lord Curzon, is another rare piece from the collection which was gifted to him by the Raja of Tripura.

The library also has a collection of early editions of Punch, a British weekly magazine of humour and satire published on Saturdays in the 19th and 20th Century.

“The library has over 24,000 books, but only 4,000 have been put on display. The rest are being catalogued, arranged and if needed restored to their original condition,” said press secretary to the President Venu Rajamony.

 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Olympic finalist Gymnast Dipa Karmakar being felicitated with Assames japi,Khoria and gomacha...

Olympic finalist Gymnast Dipa Karmakar being felicitated with Assames japi,Khoria and gomacha...

A boat man carries Hindu devotees in the river Yamuna early in the morning during magh Mela in...

A boat man carries Hindu devotees in the river Yamuna early in the morning during magh Mela in...

Austria's Michael Matt speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom...

Austria's Michael Matt speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom...

Punjab tableaux artists pose a photo during a press preview in New Delhi on Sunday...

Punjab tableaux artists pose a photo during a press preview in New Delhi on Sunday...

AIADMK leader SP Velumani inaugurates Cattle race after the urgent law was passed for...

AIADMK leader SP Velumani inaugurates Cattle race after the urgent law was passed for...

Bollywood actors Madhuri Dixit and Manish Paul atteded the Umang Mumbai Police Show 2017 in...

Bollywood actors Madhuri Dixit and Manish Paul atteded the Umang Mumbai Police Show 2017 in...

Youngstres and Students during the protest to Lift ban on jallikattu and impose ban on PETA...

Youngstres and Students during the protest to Lift ban on jallikattu and impose ban on PETA...

India Captain Virat Kohli celebrate after his 50 runs during 3rd ODI against England at Eden...

India Captain Virat Kohli celebrate after his 50 runs during 3rd ODI against England at Eden...

Rescue and relief work in progress at the site where Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express train derailed...

Rescue and relief work in progress at the site where Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express train derailed...

Samajwadi Party Vice president Kiranmoy Nanda, SP state president Naresh Utam and Congress state...

Samajwadi Party Vice president Kiranmoy Nanda, SP state president Naresh Utam and Congress state...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523