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A museum to showcase Mysore's history

Staff Correspondent

Residents asked to send in maps, photographs of the early days of the city



EDIFICE OF THE PAST: The Rangacharlu Memorial Town Hall which will house the heritage museum.

MYSORE: The Mysore City Corporation has urged residents to send in rare maps, photographs and documents pertaining to the growth and development of Mysore for display at the heritage museum, which is taking shape at the Rangacharlu Memorial Town Hall in the city.

In a press statement, the Commissioner of the Mysore City Corporation, A.B. Ibrahim, said the Heritage Museum will not only introduce the city's heritage and culture to tourists and the public, but also preserve it for future generations.

The City Museum, as it will be called, will depict the growth of Mysore from a modest agrahara in 1884 to a well-planned modern city. Pointing out that Mysore is renowned for its rich cultural heritage with a celebrated history of literature, art and music, Mr. Ibrahim said the museum will be devoted to showcasing the city's multifaceted dimensions.

"One can see a collection of documents, photographs and miniature scale models outlining the development and growth of the city since 1800. Apart of the museum will also showcase the cultural, economic, political and social development of Mysore by displaying historic documents, photographs, paintings and manuscripts," he said.

In this context, the Mysore City Corporation has requested the general public to send in rare maps, photographs and documents related to the growth of the city.

The public have been requested to contact either the Corporation Commissioner on 2418802 or the Architect and Project Consultant, H.D. Nagesh, on 9880292355.

The proposed museum boasts of a gallery where photographs and paintings of famous personalities who were instrumental in the development and growth of the city will be displayed.

The paintings of the erstwhile maharajas of Mysore will be placed in chronological order along with the dewans and eminent personalities of the city.

Next in the sequence will be the development of the fort and palace in the 1800s.

A map of Mysore in 1803 is expected to transport the visitors to the early nineteenth century, the Corporation Commissioner said. The exhibits will also include photographs of the construction of the Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir and documents portraying the manner in which Cauvery water was brought to the city.

The tragic history of Mysore also finds place in the heritage museum. "The plague of 1897, which killed nearly half the population of the city, and the major fire that destroyed the palace and its surroundings will also be depicted through documents, paintings and information in text," Mr. Ibrahim said.

The construction of the new palace, taken up in 1897, the construction of the railway line to the city, the formation of the City Improvement Trust Board, and the construction of Asia's first hydroelectric power generation station at Shimsha will also be showcased at the museum.

Visitors can also view an audio-visual presentation of the city's heritage, Mr. Ibrahim added.

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