Bangalore City Project is happy to announce a fresh series of Urban Space Events (USE) for 2009, starting with a Heritage Walk through the Cantonment Bazaar. BCP plans to organise one such USE every on the last weekend of every month. Some of the USE held in 2008 will be repeated on popular demand and new areas will be explored as well.
'...The cantonment bazaar, a native town in itself, lies in a valley to the north of the infantry lines. It contains a commodious and well-kept market, the Bowring civil hospital, numerous imposing stores for the sale of European goods and large native buildings.' Rice, 1876
When modern (Kempegowda's) Bangalore was founded in the mid fifteenth century, Blackpally, today's Shivajinagar was pretty much a wasteland. The first settlers in the area set up a small village with a mud wall around it. In 1871 it came under the municipal administration of Bangalore and gradually became a service area of the Cantonment.
A thriving 'native' bazaar developed along with associated establishments like churches, temples, rest houses, cinemas, schools and hospital. Interestingly, the bazaar became popular with the Europeans as well as they couldn't resist the possibility of finding a bargain.
Join us for a walk through the area to experience a lively colourful bazaar and find out what remains of the past.
Schedule: 3:00 p.m. Elgin Talkies 3:30 p.m. commence walk to Chandni Chowk 4:00 p.m. Russel Market 4:30 p.m. Adams Square 5:00 p.m. St. Mary's Basilica 5:30 p.m. Close event
The Bangalore City Project comprises a group of concerned citizens from different fields, including art, culture, urban planning and architecture, as well as various organisations such as the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan and UDBHAVA forum. It aims to create awareness about art and culture in the City of Bangalore, by initiating discussions and programmes on a neutral platform - to publicise the importance of cultural infrastructure, as well as the history and importance of various places in the city that remain silent and veiled.
One of the objectives is to help create a unique identity for the City, a concept that will bear special significance for the future, as Bangalore grows in manifold directions and on manifold levels.
May we request you to give wide coverage to this initiative and also depute someone to cover the event.