The office of the Commissioner, Archaeology, Museums
and Heritage Department has been set up in Mysore and Sri T.M.Vijay Bhaskar,
I.A.S has taken over as the Commissioner on 11/2/2004 in the newly created
Duties and responsibilities
- To identify and implement the heritage
programmes in Mysore, Srirangapattana, Gulbarga, Bidar, Bijapur and
Kittur to develop these places as heritage areas through the following
programmes among others:
- Identifying the heritage buildings and areas on
the basis of their historical, architectural, environmental and
ecological values and grading them.
- To take up programmes of heritage conservation
in association with public and private bodies.
- The existing regulations and rules concerning
heritage conservation will be studied and amendments proposed if
- Publicity campaign to identify heritage
buildings – heritage areas and to keep their vicinity clean and to
create awareness among the public in this regard.
- Publication on heritage towns, arranging
exhibitions and bringing out small brochures on heritage conservation.
- Creation of Heritage Fund in association with
UNESCO, INTACH, Government of India, state government and other private
- Preparation of maps of the above heritage areas
through G.I.S., remote sensing and survey.
- Production of documentary films and arranging
What is Heritage building, precinct, conservation
“Heritage building” means a building possessing architectural,
aesthetic, historic or cultural values which is declared as heritage
building by the Planning Authority/Heritage conservation committee or any
other Competent Authority in whose jurisdiction such building is situated.
“Heritage precinct” means an area comprising heritage building or
buildings and precincts thereof or related places that share wholly or
partly certain common physical, social, cultural significance worth
preservation and conservation.
“Conservation” of heritage buildings, structures, areas and precincts
of historic or aesthetic, architectural or cultural or environmental
significance involves maintenance, preservation, restoration of
reconstruction based on requirements.
“Preservation” is a process involved in the maintenance necessary in
order to maintain the building precinct or artifact in its present state and
to prevent and to retard deterioration.
“Restoration” is the means necessary to return the fabric to its
known earlier state, by means of the removal of accretion or resembling
existing components or by the sensitive introduction of compatible
Criteria for selection of heritage building
Any building depicting characteristics of historic, socio-cultural value,
striking architectural or artistic significance in respect of style, design,
use of construction material etc.
In the middle of the 19th century, the Public Works Department was organized
in the Mysore State which had European engineers, and most of the State
buildings naturally came to be constructed under their supervision. As they
were conversant with the types of buildings based on the five classic orders
viz., Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite, these buildings were
raised in the manner of Italian or French Renaissance with classic details.
The Oriental Research Institute, the Maharaja’s College, the District
Offices, the Law Court buildings, and the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion are some
specimen of Renaissance buildings.
Building with architectural significance and traditional values are
considered for their preservation and conservation. These
buildings/structures/monuments play an important side in the history of the
Region as well as the State in general which requires proper maintenance.
Some buildings/structures are in endangered condition; some requires
strengthening, while mere maintenance is sufficient for some buildings/
For this purpose, an inventory of such buildings upon which the heritage
status has been conferred is to be undertaken.
In case of Mysore heritage area listing of built and natural heritage of
Mysore will be taken up in phases.
In the first phase a survey to identify buildings, structures, spaces,
precincts, natural components, cultural routes and cultural spaces, which
have contributed to the environment of the city had been taken up by members
of Mysore Agenda Task Force (MATF).
Criteria for listing of heritage buildings
1. SERIAL NUMBER
2. DESCRIPTION OF BUILDINGS / PRECINCTS AND ITS ARCHITECTURE, TECHNIC AND
MATERIALS USED IN ITS CONSTRUCTION, AVAILABLE INSCRIPTIONS, SCULPTURES,
PAINTINGS, ARTIFACTS AND OTHER DETAILS
b) OWNER / USER
c) BUILDING TYPE
d) PAST USE
e) PRESENT USE
5. DRAWINGS AND PHOTO DOCUMENTATION
7. PROPOSAL FOR RESTORATION AND CONSERVATION
Objectives of preserving and conserving the
Conservation of heritage buildings/structures at Mysore, Srirangapattana,
Bijapur, Bidar, Gulbarga and Kittur areas by obtaining technical consultancy
services of experts in restoration and conservation of heritage structures
in accordance with Karnataka Public Procurement Act 2001.
- Extensive campaigns, training and workshops for
local people to create awareness about preservation of heritage
- Programme of recreating the old and traditional
ambience of these heritage areas.
- Formation of heritage clubs in select High
Schools, Pre-University, Degree colleges and publicity for cleanliness
and preservation of heritage buildings, arranging quiz programmes,
participation of students as volunteers in the open day celebrations of
heritage buildings, involving public to participate in the programmes of
protection and cleanliness of heritage buildings/areas.
- In order to co-ordinate the proposed activities
in the heritage areas the concerned Deputy Commissioners are involved
and local heritage conservation and development clubs are established
Erection of signage boards near heritage areas/precincts and heritage
- Access to public for entry in to heritage
buildings on a fixed day in an year.
- Organization of exhibitions related to heritage
during Dasara and other district festivals.
- Publication of guide books, brochures,
pamphlets related to history, heritage and conservation of heritage
areas. Two guide books will be published for the benefit of public
especially for owners of the heritage buildings and technical persons
such as engineers, architects, supervisors who are involved in the
restoration and conservation works.
Work so far undertaken
- Preliminary activities related to preservation
and consdrvation of heritage buildings/structures and areas in Mysore,
Srirangapattana, Bijapur, Bidar, Gulbarga and Kittur are in progress.
- Commissioner, Heritage, Archaeology and Museums
conducted meetings with concerned Deputy Commissioners, local officers,
archaeologists, historians, artists, environmentalists, urban planners,
conservation architects, senior citizens of respective heritage areas at
Mysore, Srirangapattana, Bijapur, Bidar, Gulbarga and Kittur and
obtained action plans for developing and conserving these heritage
- Proposal for formation of six heritage
conservation committees for these heritage areas under the chairmanship
of concerned Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner, Urban Development
Authority as member-secretary has been made. Likewise a proposal has
been made for the constitution of a sub-committee under the Chairmanship
of Commissioner, Heritage, Archaeology and Museums for Karnataka
Heritage Task Force (which serves as a standing committee) and Karnataka
Heritage Task Force Committee under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Chief
Minister of Karnataka, will steer the various conservation and
development programmes of Heritage of Karnataka.
- Draft regulation for conservation of Heritage
sites including buildings, heritage precincts and natural features of
environmental significance or sites of scenic beauty to be incorporated
in Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, 1961 has been proposed to
Secretary, Urban Development in consultation and discussion with
Director, Town Planning Department and Deputy Secretary, Law Department.
- Expressions of interest were invited from
eligible persons to render Technical Consultancy Services for
restoration and conservation of heritage buildings/structures in six