It is time to discover your city again

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: On the last weekend of every month, you will have the opportunity to see the city with perspectives you may not have had before. The Bangalore City Project is presenting a fresh series of Urban Space Events (USE) for this year, starting with a heritage walk through Shivajinagar, formerly known as the Cantonment Bazaar.

When modern (Kempegowda’s) Bangalore was founded in the mid-15th 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 associate establishments like churches, temples, rest houses, cinemas, schools and hospital.

The walk will take you through the streets of Shivajinagar and perhaps reveal what remains of the past.

The starting point of the walk is Elgin Talkies, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 31. The walk will take participants through Chandini Chowk, Russell Market, Richard’s Square and will finally wrap up at St. Mary’s Basilica at 5.30 p.m.

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. Some of the USE held last year will be repeated on popular demand. The event is open to all and there is no registration. For further details visit http://bcp.wikidot.com/city-walks:explor ing-shivajinagar or call 25205305, 25205306.

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