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Founder, BangaloreWALKS

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Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 27 Nov 2021

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

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.

In collaboration with Openmic at Bangalore Literature Festival X Edition

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Vijay Thiruvady


Vijay Thiruvady has always been interested in various aspects of nature and more specifically horticulture. He conducts Green Heritage Walks in Lalbagh, Imperial Colonial Walks in Cubbon Park and Military Heritage Walks at the MEG&C, and participates in the various activities of Bangalore Environment Trust as a Trustee. These have included the publishing of a book on Heritage Trees in the vicinity of Bangalore and a book on Devarakadus and Gundutopus in and around Bangalore.

Thiruvady spent his early years in Delhi. His academic interests were pursued at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and School of Architecture, Ahmedabad. When in Delhi, he had exposure to the world of nature and environment through association with a number of distinguished people in the field and institutions.

Thiruvady has given talks on Bangalore, its environment and history at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Raman Research Institute, Bangalore International Centre, Bangalore Club, National Gallery of Modern Art, and Azim Premji University.

Arun Pai

Founder, BangaloreWALKS

Arun is a Bangalore lover and enjoys its stories and history. In 2005, he took a few people for a walk on MG Road and told them the city’s story – and has been doing it as a profession ever since. He founded BangaloreWALKS which has conducted city walks on weekends for the past 15 years, which is surely some sort of record.