Tag: Mysuru: A Look at its Past

Can you imagine building a house for just Rs. 5,000?
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Can you imagine building a house for just Rs. 5,000?

November 21, 2021

By Gouri Satya, Sr. Journalist [Pics. by M.N. Lakshminarayana Yadav] Can a decent living house be built by spending just Rs. 5,000? One may deride such a proposal or may mock such a project. But this was proved possible in Mysuru during the reign of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar. What’s more, these model houses are continuing…

He builds an Agrahara, makes his house a temple
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He builds an Agrahara, makes his house a temple

August 8, 2021

By Gouri Satya, Sr. Journalist A look at the growth of Mysuru reveals an interesting feature of how the city expanded from Agraharas and Keris to Mohallas, Purams and Extensions. Initially, it was the construction of just one road with a few houses and as the population began to rise, construction of Mohallas, Purams and…

Steeped in Healthcare History since 1922
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Steeped in Healthcare History since 1922

June 26, 2021

By Gouri Satya, Sr. Journalist A small by-lane in the Fort Mohalla, also known by its old name Khille Mohalla, is called S.N. Pandit Street. This small by-lane near Shankara Mutt in Mysuru has a hidden tale of interest.  This has been recorded by renowned composer and musician Mysore Vasudevacharya in his book, “Nenapugalu.” S.N….

Kindly King and Kathvadipura Agrahara
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Kindly King and Kathvadipura Agrahara

April 16, 2021

By Gouri Satya, Sr. Journalist There is an Agrahara in Mysuru with a name that sounds somewhat strange. Though this is an old Agrahara, like the other Agraharas in city, its name does not match with the names of other Agraharas. And that is Kathvadipura Agrahara as generally called though its actual name is ‘Kathvadipurada…

Great British Mutiny: The revolt that took many lives
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Great British Mutiny: The revolt that took many lives

January 25, 2021

By Gouri Satya, Sr. Journalist In my previous article on the De Havilland Arch of Srirangapatna (Star of Mysore dated Dec. 20, 2020), I had mentioned about this engineer’s association with the 1810 mutiny in protest against the appalling conditions of the Army in Mysore, resulting in his dismissal from service and subsequent reinstatement in…

De Havilland Arch was an engineering marvel
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De Havilland Arch was an engineering marvel

December 20, 2020

By Gouri Satya, Sr. Journalist De Havilland died at Beauvoir, Guernsey, in 1866 at the age of 90. His wife Elizabeth died in 1816 at the early age of 35 and she was buried in St. George’s Cathedral Cemetery, Madras, which was conceived and built by De Havilland himself. Ironically, his wife was among the…

Landmarks for Dewans and their services forgotten
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Landmarks for Dewans and their services forgotten

November 2, 2020

By Gouri Satya, Sr. Journalist While writing about the streets and Keris of Mysuru, perhaps I should also highlight landmarks Mysuru has in memory of the Dewans who served the then Mysore State. Dewan is an Urdu word meaning the Prime Minister of a kingdom, more precisely an ‘Advisor’ to the monarch. As we are…

Bubonic Plague and  birth of a composer
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Bubonic Plague and birth of a composer

July 23, 2020

By Gouri Satya, Sr.Journalist Killer plague had attacked Mysuru when ‘Saraswathi Vilasa Karnataka Nataka Sabha’ Drama Company was at its height My previous article on the plague of 1896 published in these columns on April 1 ‘When Bubonic Plague hit Mysore State in 1896’ received an overwhelming response and was shared by many on the…

Time to take a look at Bubonic Plague of 1896
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Time to take a look at Bubonic Plague of 1896

March 27, 2020

By Gouri Satya, Senior Journalist The outbreak of Coronavirus across the countries has led to radical measures like curfew, lockdown, and isolation to fight against the dreaded COVID-19. But such deadly outbreaks were not uncommon and they took a heavy toll of human lives, let alone the loss of cattle. How these outbreaks were fought…

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