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Government of Karnataka

Government of Karnataka
Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage

     
About Us                              Kannada Version Page 1 | Page 2
Though the department was established in January, 1885, by the erstwhile princely Mysore State, by appointing Mr. B Lewis Rice as Director, the archaeological studies had started much earlier. The first publication of the state is related to epigraphs of the region published in 1879 under the title Mysore Inscriptions. Mr. B Lewis Rice devoted himself primarily to epigraphical studies. He published 9000 inscriptions collected from eight districts of the princely state of Mysore and the province of Coorg. They were published in 12 volumes under the title Epigraphia Carnatica. 

Aims and Objectives of Department:

  1. Identifying heritage buildings and areas on the basis of their historical, architectural, environmental and ecological values and grading them.
  2. To take up programmes of heritage conservation in association with public, NGOs and private bodies.
  3. To propose legal provisions, if necessary, regarding heritage conservation after studying the existing regulations and rules on the subject.
  4. Publicity campaign to identify heritage buildings - heritage areas and to create awareness among the public to keep their vicinity clean.
  5. Publications on heritage towns, arranging exhibitions and bringing out manuals on heritage conservation.
  6. Creation of Heritage Fund in association with UNESCO, INTACH, Government of India, State Government and other private Bodies.
  7. Preparation of maps of the above heritage areas through G.I.S., remote sensing and survey.
  8. Activities related to promotion of Tourism besides creating a website.
  9. Production of documentary films and arranging cultural programmes.
  10. Policy and important issues concerning the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums.

STEPS TAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR PRESERVATION, CONSERVATION AND PUBLICITY OF HERITAGE AREAS:

In coordination with the District administration and different Departmental heads action is being taken for preservation and conservation of Heritage buildings, with the available funds in the department.

MYSORE :

To retain the pristine heritage characteristics of the lone heritage zone of Mysore i.e., the entire area falling within a radius of 3 KMs from Mysore Palace has been identified which are areas of cultural, commercial and educational activity. The heritage zone of the city comprises of Irwin road (incuding Government House), Karanji lake road (Ranaprathan Singh Circle to Lalitha Mahal Palace Road), Ayurvedic Hospital, Government Medical College, Mandi Market, Sayyaji Rao Road and the Devaraja Market.  

The Mysore Heritage experts committee for preservation and protection of heritage areas has listed 200 heritage buildings in Mysore; majority of these fall within the perview of this zone. These heritage buildings belonging to early 19th and 20th Centuries exhibit four major architectural styles, characteristic of the city, viz., the traditional Hindu, the Indo-Saracenic, the Greaco-Roman and the Gothic. 

Proper guidelines/suggestions are being given to the Mysore City Corporation, Mysore Urban Development Authority and other Governmental Departmental heads in consultation with the Members of the Mysore Heritage Area Expert Sub Committee, to keep the vicinity of the Heritage buildings clean and tidy and for construction of new buildings. Some amendments have also been suggested for the Mysore City Corporation for preparation of Bye-law that is being drafted for erecting Hoardings in Mysore city. Action is also being taken to fix “Sinageboards” (Shilaphalaka) near the selected Heritage buildings in Mysore city. 

Workshops, Seminars, photo exhibition of Heritage buildings/structures and visit to Heritage areas are being conducted. Publication of small booklets on heritage series and conservation manual are also being prepared.

For creating awareness for preservation of heritage buildings/structures among the College/School students, Heritage Clubs are started in all the Districts of State.

During Dasara Festivities, photo exhibition of Heritage buildings is being held in Mysore Dasara Exhibition. Heritage Walk is held to create awareness among the public for preservation of Heritage in the city.  Click here to view more

 
Activities of the Department:
  1. Archaeological Exploration
  2. Archaeological Excavation
  3. Conservation of Monuments
  4. Epigraphy
  5. Numismatics
  6. Archaeological publications
  7. Establishment of Museums
  8. Registration of Antiquities
  9. Public Private Participation (Conservation)
  10. Seminars, Exhibitions, Workshops
Activities of Heritage division:
  1. Heritage committees
  2. Heritage walk
  3. Heritage series publication
  4. Heritage Documentation
  5. Heritage Pamphlets
  6. Heritage Workshops
  7. Heritage Seminars
  8. Heritage Conservation
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
S.No District Name URL
1 Bagalkot   http://www.bagalkot.nic.in   
2 Bangalore Rural     http://www.bangalorerural.nic.in   
3 Bangalore Urban   http://bangaloreurban.nic.in/  
4 Belgaum     http://www.belgaum.nic.in   
5 Bellary     http://www.bellary.nic.in   
6 Bidar     http://www.bidar.nic.in   
7 Bijapur     http://www.bijapur.nic.in   
8 Chamraj Nagar   http://chamrajnagar.nic.in   
9 Chikballapur     http://www.chikballapur.nic.in   
10 Chickmagalur     http://www.chickmagalur.nic.in   
11 Chitradurga     http://www.chitradurga.nic.in   
12 Dakshina Kannada     http://www.dk.nic.in   
13 Davanagere   http://davanagere.nic.in/  
14 Dharwad     http://www.dharwad.nic.in   
15 Gadag     http://gadag.nic.in   
16 Gulbarga     http://www.gulbarga.nic.in   
17 Hassan     http://www.hassan.nic.in   
18 Haveri     http://haveri.nic.in   
19 Kodagu     http://www.kodagu.nic.in   
20 Kolar     http://kolar.nic.in  
21 Koppal     http://www.koppal.nic.in   
22 Mandya   http://www.mandya.nic.in   
23 Mysore     http://www.mysore.nic.in   
24 Ramnagara      
24 Raichur     http://www.raichur.nic.in   
25 Shimoga     http://www.shimoga.nic.in   
26 Tumkur    
27 Karwar (Uttara Kannada)     http://uttarakannada.nic.in/  
28 Udupi   http://udupi.nic.in   
28 Yadgir      
 
 
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