Explore the city’s old areas

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Aesthetic marvel: Tipu’s Sultan’s Palace in Bangalore.
Aesthetic marvel: Tipu’s Sultan’s Palace in Bangalore.

Staff Reporter

The history of a place is written on its cultural landscape

BANGALORE: The third BCP (Bangalore City Project) Urban Space Event inviting the public to explore the city is taking place on Sunday.

Kotey, Pate, Kere, Thota: Changing Geographies and Fragile Futures takes those interested into the Old City area to have a feel of the history and culture of Bangalore. The earlier BCP Urban Space events covered Gavipuram and Whitefield.

Four components mark this Urban Space Event — pete (commercial area), kote (fort), kere (tank), and thota (grove). It will be conducted by T.R. Champaka, urban planner; Suresh Jayaram, a visual artist and art historian, and Chandrashekhar Balachandran, cultural geographer.

Beginning with the Dharmaraya temple in Thigalarapete, the landscape of a community that played a key role in the botanising of Bangalore, the walk proceeds to the bustling, chaotic, colourful, complex space of K.R. Market.

With a visit along the way to an interesting shrine, the walk then leads to the remnants of the old fort before ending up at Tipu Sultan’s palace. After a lively dialogue, participants can sample some quintessentially Bangalorean food.

The Bangalore City Project comprises a group of concerned citizens and organisations from different fields, including art, culture, urban planning, geography, and architecture. For further details, visit the BCP website The event is free and open to all but registration is required. Maximum capacity is 25 to 30 persons. To register, call the Mueller Bhavan on 2520 5305/6/7/8 or SMS WALK to 98867 79900.

The event will begin at the parking lot of the Unity Building at 8 a.m. on May 18.




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