Nature and Heritage Walk at Lalbagh

We are happy to announce the next BCP Urban Space Event for 2009: A Nature
and Heritage Walk at Lalbagh, in an attempt to look at the familiar from a
new perspective. Many of us have seen the sights Lalbagh offers, enjoyed the
bi-annual flower shows. Or are just regular walkers in this historical lung
space of the city. So let’s discover it anew!

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2009
Time: 8.30 a.m. sharp
Duration: Approx. 2 ½ hours
Conducted by: Suresh Jayaram and other experts
Where to meet:  Parking lot at the base of the hill, Lalbagh Double Road
Gate

Note: Please bring water and refreshments!

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

A Brief History:
The walk will enlighten you on the historical, botanical and horticultural
details that have made Bangalore the chosen site for experimentation and
exploration in horticulture. The concept of the garden perceived by the
British as a public space connected to a zoo and museum. The making of
Lalbagh has a long pre-colonial history, which connects the site to Hyder
Ali (1761-82) and Tipu Sultan (1782-99). During this period the garden was
maintained by a Daroga (Chief Gardener) named Mohammed Ali. Lalbagh then
came under the control of the East India Company’s Botanist Major Waugh.

Monuments in the Garden:
*       Kempegowda Tower
*       Lalbagh Glass House
*       Bandstand
*       Horticulture Lecture Hall
*       Lalbagh House
*       Pigeon House
*       Statue of Chamaraja Wodeyar
*       Directorate Building
*       Lalbagh Westgate Guard Room
*       Lalbagh Main Gate (Cameron Gate)
*       Deer Paddock
*       Aquarium Building

The Tree Trek will involve the participants photographing different species
of trees, landscape features, flowers, birds, etc. during the walk. The
images have to be aesthetically composed and sent to the BCP c/o
ar@hotmail.com by the evening of the walk. Prizes will be awarded to the
best entries.

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 the Artist’s Collective at 1, Shanti Road. 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.

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