Music for the ears: Band House relives its past glory

Banknote Mill to Contribute rupee. 64 lakh to renew

Mysore / Mysuru: The band house Which once housed the Mysore Police Squad will be restored to its former glory and restored to its original location – the Old City of Mysore Police Commissioner’s Office in Nazarabad.

Presently, the Band House is located in Mounted Police on Lalitha Mahal Road. Not only this, Band House will be renovated at an estimated cost of Rs. 64 lakh.

Bank Note Paper Mill, a joint venture of the Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India (SPMCIL) – a subsidiary of the Indian government and Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Ltd. (BRBNMPL) – A subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India. To finance the project within the framework of awareness-raising activities on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The Band House is about 102 years old, and has an open porch and a gabled tiled roof. Earlier, the city police commissioner’s office operated from there. Now it has been moved to the new office next door to the old one.

City Police Commissioner Dr Chandragupta met with banknote mill officials and others after laying the foundation stone for the renovation of Band House in Nazarabad yesterday.

The foundation stone for the renovation work was laid yesterday along with the rituals associated with it. The renovation will be carried out by the Department of Antiquities, Museums and Heritage and an agreement has been signed in this regard.

City Police Commissioner Dr. Umamaheswara’s office, assistant executive engineer for the Department of Antiquities, Museums and Heritage CT Mahesh, assistant engineer Satish, deputy director CN Manjula and contractor T. Subhash attended.

Established in 1868

Although the present-day Mysore Police Division traces its origins back to 1868, it was during the Naalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiar period that a Bund House was built on the road to Vasanth Mahal Palace in Nazarabad, which now houses the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET). The road was later named after the Diwan of Sir Mirza Ismail.

The Band House had separate annexes such as the instrument room, music library and exclusive concert hall, apart from other rooms that were part of this splendid structure.

In 1952, when Kengal Hanumanthaiah became prime minister, he brought palace squads under police administration. A special wing of the Mysore City Police has been set up and trained to play instrumental music to impress the connoisseurs and the common man. In 1958, Band House was transferred to the city police commissioner’s office in Nazarabad. In 1997 the need for more space arose in the commissioner’s office and the Band House was moved to the Mounted Police Company on Lalitha Mahal Road. Now after the renovation, the police band will return to its original location along with a museum of rare musical instruments.