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OUR CITY:Mayor D. Venkatesh Murthy shows off the coffee-table book brought out by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike.—Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
OUR CITY:Mayor D. Venkatesh Murthy shows off the coffee-table book brought out by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike.—Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

From a city with over 500 lakes and tanks to IT/BT City… Bangalore’s growth trajectory has been recorded in a coffee-table book that has been brought out by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

Releasing the Kannada version of the 156-page book here earlier in the week, Mayor D. Venkatesh Murthy said: “From a small village, Bangalore has grown to become a city of international repute. This journey has been depicted in the book through pictures. This coffee table book makes us realise the city’s rich history.”

The English version of the book, which took a year to publish, would be brought out soon. The photographs have been sourced from the City of Bangalore: Municipal Hand Book, published in 1931; a leading regional English daily; and from the archives of noted photographer T.L. Ramaswamy. This is the only other book on Bangalore that has been brought out by the civic authority, the last one being the 1931 handbook. “We had to source it from the Mythic Society and History Academy,” Mr. Murthy said.

The former Deputy Mayor S. Harish, who sanctioned the funds for the project during his tenure, said the BBMP had brought out 500 copies of the book. “BBMP owns the copyright and plans to sell the book at leading bookstores and at the airport. It will also decide the price.”

Mr. Murthy said the BBMP will have a meeting with the hoteliers’ association. “We will urge five-star hotels in the city to keep a copy of the book in each room. The BBMP will also give away these books to the visiting delegates from other cities and countries,” he added.

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