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In The Beginning, There Was History

Bangalore's Heritage Man wants to restore the city's soul—by organising talk and walk packages

In The Beginning, There Was History
Pranav Purushotham
In The Beginning, There Was History
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Moona’s AARAMBH (An Association for Reviving Awareness about the Monuments of Bangalore Heritage) has organised heritage walks, lectures and exhibitions for scores of school and college students, ias officers, writer Ruskin Bond, and members of the Rotary and Lion’s Clubs. That’s not all. Absorbing details of more than 50 historical sites—palaces, museums, armouries, war memorials, places of worship, tombs, cemeteries, avenues and water bodies used by various royal families—have been documented. In addition, he has recommended the introduction of conservation of monuments as an integral part of ncc activities. "I want to stir up a sense of pride and an emotional bond among these students," says the 52-year-old Moona.

Ironically, a city that ought to have been flaunted as a veritable open museum, complete with masterpieces of the eras of Kempe Gowda, the Marathas, Mughals, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan, the British and Dewans, has only a handful left in half-decent condition. In recent years, Moona’s campaign has paid off—three monuments, including the armoury of Tipu Sultan, are being restored.

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