Renovation of Band House with Rs. 64 lakh begins

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Mysore/Mysore: The renovation of band house which once housed the Mysore Police Band at Mysore Old Town Police Commissioner’s Office in Nazarbad has been started and the front ceiling of the structure has been removed for restoration. The band house building is approximately 102 years old and has an open balcony and a gabled tiled roof.

The Bank Note Paper Mill (BNPM), a joint venture of Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India (SPMCIL) — an Indian government enterprise and Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Ltd. (BRBNMPL) — a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India, has offered to fund the project as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) awareness raising activities.

BNPM will contribute Rs. 64 lakh for full restoration and all works will be undertaken to restore the structure as it is without damaging its heritage value. The renovation will be carried out by the Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage and an agreement has been signed in this regard. Funding will come from the BNPM.

In addition to workers and supervisors, the renovation is carried out in consultation with heritage experts. Sources said it would take around four to five months for all the renovation and painting to be completed.

Until the renovation is complete, the Band House will be located at the Mounted Police Company on Lalitha Mahal Road and all the old musical instruments, including some of the rarer ones, have been kept there. During the renovation, arrangements will be made to create a music museum in the halls of the existing building where public display can also be facilitated.

All the enclosures such as the instrument room, the music library and an exclusive concert hall, except for the other rooms that were part of this magnificent structure, will have a new look and after renovation, the museum will be open to the public.

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