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Why Lalbagh Matters Sultans’ Garden to Public Park


Nov 27 | 7 p.m.

Runs till: Nov 27


Bangalore International Centre

Bangalore International Centre (BIC), No. 7, 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

Vijay Thiruvady’s book, Lalbagh – Sultans’ Garden to Public Park, presents the most comprehensive history of Lalbagh written to date, with an overview not put forward elsewhere in articles or commemorative books on Lalbagh. Ranging across five centuries from Kempegowda’s flower garden in 1537, through Haider and Tipu (1760 to 1799), to the East India Company years — Scottish army men and surgeons — and over a century by six Kew trained gardeners, the book is based on documentation from Kew Gardens, the British Library, the India Office Records and the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.

In this talk, Vijay Thiruvady will present key features of the garden rarely covered in writings on Lalbagh, including the spectacular geological heritage in the Lalbagh rock; the botanical illustrations by Cheluvaiah Raju, Govindoo and Cleghorn’s Maratha artist; and the work of the many extraordinary men who helmed Lalbagh in the early years – Benjamin Heyne, Col. Munro, Cleghorn and others who laid the foundations of Lalbagh. Their contributions and personalities will be sketched in colourful detail. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Arun Pai and the audience.

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