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Gangubai’s house in Dharwad renovated

  Gangubai’s house in Dharwad renovated

Staff Correspondent

Heritage building being converted into a museum and music school

Gangubai Hangal had sold her house in 1957

Rs. 25 lakh was allocated for acquiring the house

A landmark: Renovation work in progress at the house at Shukravarpet in Dharwad, where Gangubai Hangal was born and spent her childhood. DHARWAD: The house in Shukravarpet in Dharwad where Gangubai Hangal was born and spent her childhood days, which was in a dilapidated state, has been renovated and its inauguration will coincide with the Dharwad Zilla Utsav.

The then Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa allocated Rs. 25 lakh for acquiring the house which was almost in ruins and renovating it to preserve it as a heritage building.

Gangubai Hangal had sold her ancestral house in 1957 to Krishnaji Venkatacharya Kittur, who, in turn, sold it to Dasoi Kulkarni in 1963. Dasoi Kulkarni, who had a son and four daughters, died in 1989.

The district administration took up the issue with the legal heirs of the property for acquiring the house, who consented to sell it to the government. The authorities paid Rs. 10 lakh to the legal heirs for the acquisition after which the renovation was taken up.

The authorities proceeded further after it taking the opinion of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) on the renovation of the house and converting it into a heritage building.

Conservation architect Pankaj Moodi and experts from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, gave technical inputs on the renovation, based on which the Nirmiti Kendra, Dharwad began the work.

Deputy Commissioner M.S. Srikar told The Hindu that since a part of the house had collapsed, it had to be reconstructed and every effort had been made to retain the original look. Even the wooden pillars have been retained and some weak pillars were replaced with the same wood, he said. The work has been almost complete and the building will be converted into a museum and a music school within three days.

The main hall and two rooms will have rare photographs related to music and musicians and books on music. One of the rooms would be used for teaching music according to the wish of Gangubai Hangal.

A separate sound system would be installed to provide an ambience of music in the house, he said.

The “heritage building” would be inaugurated on November 16, the inaugural day of the Dharwad Zilla Utsav and would be one of the venues for the exhibitions being held as part of the event.



November 11, 2007 - Posted by | Dr. Gangubai Hangal

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