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Glimpse of the past: A photo of the last Maharaja of Mysore Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar during a visit to the city railway station.
Glimpse of the past: A photo of the last Maharaja of Mysore Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar during a visit to the city railway station.

Special Correspondent

Workshop on heritage and culture held for students

MYSORE: It was a study on the heritage of Mysore and its region for history students who attended a workshop on heritage and culture.

Organised by the Department of Museums and Heritage, the workshop also featured an exhibition of 40 classical photographs that depicted images of a bygone era.

The display included rare photographs of important monuments including the Palace and its surroundings, K.R. Circle, Devaraja Market and the two clock towers.

For the history buffs from JSS College, the icing on the cake was the image of the last Maharaja of Mysore Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar during a visit to the city railway station where he was offered a ceremonial welcome.

The students were also treated to lectures by professionals in the fields of art and architecture. G.V. Gayatri, Deputy Director, Department of Museums and Heritage, made a presentation on the heritage of Mysore.

She provided information on important monuments, history of the palaces and displayed some old photographs.

N.S. Ranagaraju, Dean of the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Mysore, spoke on Hoysala temple architecture including its origin, the influence of Chola art on Hoysalas and classical Hoysala architecture as is evident at places such as Belur, Halebid and Somnathpur.

Gavi Siddaiah, Chief of Archives, Mysore, spoke on archival material such as oral history, “kadatha” or documentation made on cloth and their importance.

Veteran journalist Krishna Vattam provided an insight into the documentation of monuments undertaken by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage.

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