The stories of yore

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The stories of yore

The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), in collaboration with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited, is organising an exhibition, ‘Namma Halasuru’, to celebrate the heritage of Halasuru, from November 1 to 7 at the Halasuru Metro Station. 

 ‘Namma Halasuru’ will tell the story of Halasuru through photos, sketches, oral histories, maps, memories and more. The exhibition will showcase the heritage that can be found in every corner in this neighbourhood — courtyard houses, ancient temples, monkey tops, jagalis and more. It highlights how the distinctive character of Halasuru — its essential Indianness — has remained despite dramatic changes in its urbanscape.

The exhibition also has a ‘Memory Wall’, where residents of Halasuru can share their memories of how Halasuru used to be when they were young. “For instance, a former resident of Halasuru told us about how there used to be a peacock ‘tope’. They remember how around 4 pm every day, hundreds of peacocks used to descend on Temple Street,” explains Meera, who is with INTACH. Visitors can also share their memories of Halasuru. There will be space on the ‘Memory Wall’ just for this. 

This exhibition is part of INTACH’s initiative to make an inventory of Bangalore’s architectural heritage. “Through this exercise, we know that there are more than 80 old buildings within the Halasuru area, including temples, houses, and churches. This is an initiative we intend to hold as often as possible,” shares Meera. 

Some of the pictures that will be on display are two school buildings in Murphy Town (an area which is also featured in this exhibition). One was built in 1913, the other in 1924. The Municipal Girls School was built in 1924.
The pictures have been captured by Peevee. There will be temple drawings by Dilip Dongre and also a picture of the Wesleyan Church, taken in the early 1900s by Jane Smith, granddaughter of Fred Goodwill, founder of Goodwill Girls’ High School.  

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