A house of knowledge will be hundred this year

A house of knowledge will be hundred this year

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2017-02-06 10:51 Bengaluru: Amidst the tall buildings, wide footpaths,  dust filled roads and huge trees stands a beautiful colonial mansion on Nrupathunga Road. On July 25 this year, Daly MemorialHall, which houses the Mythic Society, will complete 100 years. The plot on which the Daly Memorial Hall stands now was donated by Krishnaraj Wodeyar IV, Maharaja Of Mysuru and the foundation stone was laid in 1916.  The building was named after Sir Hugh Daly who was the Chief Commissioner of Coorg and a close friend of the Maharaja of Mysuru in 1910. He also went on to negotiate with Tamilnadu on behalf of the Mysuru State to share Cauvery water.     Speaking to Bfirst.in, Jayasimha, a Research Associate, Mythic Society said the building was constructed in just ten months.  "The construction of the building began in 1916 and got completed in 1917. The cost of construction was Rs 24,783 which was a big amount those days. Rs 10,000 came from the royal treasury of Mysuru. The then King of Baroda, King of Travancore and Begum of Bhopal also donated money to build this building." The imposing mansion is built in Greek-O-French style with elevated ceiling and good amount of ventilation. It has 13 doors and the walls are painted with floral designs which is present usually in the European Architecture. The floors are made of lime plaster painted with red-oxide.Though the building appears like a stone structure, it is built of small bricks and designed in such a way that it appears like a stone building. Lime plaster was used during the construction of the building, Jayasimha said. When asked how often the Mythic Society takes up the renovation of the building, he said, "We take up renovation once in five years and a particular organisation called Jeernodhar Conservators who are known to preserve the old and heritage buildings across India. In 2014, the organisation was called to renovate. They did not use cement anywhere. They used lime plaster and also brought masons from different states who are specialised in renovating heritage buildings. Decorative wooden Columns, stucco and lime plaster works, traditional pitched roof works, traditional brick lime water proofing and others were taken up during renovation." Mythic Society formed in 1909 was officially housed in Daly Memorial Hall in 1917. Now the society is 108 years old which has nationally evolved into a organisation that helps people to study epigraphy, folklore, linguistics, history and archaeology. The Mythic society was formed by F J Richards, the then Collector of Bengaluru, G H Krumbeigel, who is best known for his works at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and Krishnaswamy Iyengar, Professor, Central College.   V Nagraj , Secretary, Mythic Society said, "The English men were more curious to learn about the South Indian culture and traditions. This Society was formed by the Britishers and Indians. But later the  group went on to study the history and culture of the whole country." Apart from this, the Mythic Society also houses a 108 year old library where many great people have come and still come to read books for their research work. Srinivasan, senior librarian, Mythic Society, said, "The library was started by FJ Richards and and Father Reverend Tabard, who wanted to study Indian culture, Philosophy. The library has a collection of over 40,000 books. It has rare collections of Epigraphy and books of English, Sanskrit, Hindi and Kannada." The fragrance of the old books itself speaks a lot. It has works of Shakespeare books that were published in 1860. Bangalore city maps of 1885, Population Census collection from 1871 till date. A black and white photo collection of Mysuru Royal Weddings, books related to Indian Contemporary history, Archeological journal received from the Institute of Regional Studies from Karachi in Pakistan also finds its place. “After the Constitution of India was written, the government printed less than 500 copies and we have one of those in our library. Every concept written in the Constitution has also mentioned from which old scripture t was derived from. For example, 'Citizenship' concept was derived from Upanishads. In the last four pages of the Constitution, it has signatures of all those eminent personalities who drafted the Constitution of India," Srinivasan added.