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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jan 31: BCP Heritage Walk through the Cantonment Bazaar 
"Greetings from the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan!

Bangalore City Project
presents a
Heritage Walk through the Cantonment Bazaar

Saturday January 31, 2009

Starting point: 3.00 p.m. outside Elgin Talkies

The event is open to all and there is no registration. For more information, please visit the BCP website:

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.   

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

Event partners: Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan; UDBHAVA forum; Elgin Cinema

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.

Thank you in anticipation, for your cooperation,

Sincerely yours,

Maureen Gonsalves
Programme Coordinator
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
716 CMH Road
Indiranagar 1st Stage
Bangalore 560 038
Ph: +91 80 2520 5305/06/07/08-203
Fax: +91 80 2520 5309 "


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