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Bengaluru, Then and Now

An exhibition, Bengaluru, Then and Now, opens at Cubbon Park on Sunday, 3rd January, 2016. The exhibition, organised by the Bengaluru Chapter of INTACH, provides a snapshot of Bengaluru’s changing heritage-scape over 30 years. This exhibition will be along the walls of the KSLTA, between the Government Museum and the Bandstand. The exhibition will open at 6:30 am on Sunday, 3rd January 2016. It will be open all day till the park closes. The exhibition runs till 10th January, 2016.
In 1985, the Bengaluru Chapter of INTACH prepared a list of iconic heritage buildings of Bengaluru, which was submitted to the Bangalore Urban Arts Commission. (A part of the popular book The City Beautiful, by TP Issar, is based on this same list.) Thirty years later, volunteers from INTACH revisited all the buildings in the list and noted how many of them still existed. The exhibition is based on the 1985 list of buildings and its recent updating.Through maps, infographics and photographs taken in 1985 and today, the exhibition provides a glimpse of the fate of heritage buildings in the intervening thirty years.
Did you know that of the 823 buildings in INTACH’s 1985 list of iconic heritage buildings, only about 43 percent of these buildings still remain? But despite all odds, several heritage homes have been lovingly preserved, some of them through adapting them for other uses such as boutiques and office space. The exhibition will be open till 10th January 2016.
Ace photographer Perumal Venkatesan has taken most of the photographs of the buildings of today. The survey of 1985 was done by architect KN Iengar. The volunteers who helped in the resurvey of the buildings: Vedha Aithal, Shyamala Varma, Ajay Bhaskar, Pankaj Modi, C Aravind and Meera Iyer.

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