24 November, 2020

In The Beginning, There Was History

Bangalore's Heritage Man wants to restore the city's soul—by organising talk and walk packages

Pranav Purushotham
In The Beginning, There Was History
As places go, Bangalore seems an odd precinct to look for relics of Maratha rulers, Shahaji, his legendary son Shivaji and their bete noire, the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb. But, thankfully, the city’s rich past and its little-known eminence in history are being documented and communicated to students by a nondescript ‘expert’. He’s not quite the copybook archaeologist romancing the stone. Suresh Moona’s zeal alone has prompted him to chronicle and disseminate historical facts. He is otherwise a biology teacher and ncc’s chief officer at Acharya Patha Shala (APS) Boys High School, Bangalore.

Moona’s AARAMBH (An Association for Reviving Awareness about the Monuments of Bangalore Heritage) has organised heritage walks, lectures and exhibitions for scores of school and college students, ias officers, writer Ruskin Bond, and members of the Rotary and Lion’s Clubs. That’s not all. Absorbing details of more than 50 historical sites—palaces, museums, armouries, war memorials, places of worship, tombs, cemeteries, avenues and water bodies used by various royal...



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