The Town Hall of Mysore, in Victorian style, in honor of great Dewan C.V. Rangacharlu - brief note

Mysore (Rngacharlu) Town Hall.

Mysore (Rangacharlu) Town Hall,

There are more than 120 monuments in  and around Mysore city and many of them are well maintained by the state govt, with some exceptions. These monuments, particularly those stately colonial buildings, are a reminder of the glorious and affluent  days of the Mysore kingdom under the rule of the royal family of the Wadiyars. Countless vintage buildings  that are good examples of Indo-Sarasonic architecture came up during their reign.

Maharajah Chamarajendra Wadiyar

The Town Hall in Mysore city is a majestic colonial building built by Maharajah Chamarajendra Wadiyar in 1884  in memory of Diwan Sir C. V. Rangacharlu, the first dewan of Mysore princely state after rendition in 1881 - transfer of  administration of the kingdom to the  rulers - the royal family of the Wadiyars. from the British. Earlier, the kingdom was under the direct control of the British Crown. The rendition was done after a lapse of 50 years in the wake of a series of  severe criticism from the British medi.  

Located close to the bus stand and the Mysore palace, the imposing old Victorian styled building made of brick and lime-sand mortar, has impressive  four pairs of Corinthian columns that  are  topped by pediments with elaborate carved motifs. The sculpture of Hindu goddess Lakshmi flanked by a pair of elephants dominates the pediment. The  Corinthian grand-columns  supporting the heavy roof  reflect the influence of   Greece-Roman style of design with raised platform. The added attraction is  the front part has  attractive windows with Roman arch, shutters  and  sun-rise glazing.  The parapet walls in the balconies are made of cast-iron grill-work with fine decoration.  In the early stages,  offices of the city government functioned here, but, presently, it is  one of the  major venues for hosting public and cultural events.  It comes alive and vibrant during   the ten-day Dasara festival, presided over by the  royal family members.

Town Hall -Mysore Darara fstival, you tube 

This heritage  building underwent major renovation work  way back in 2004 as part of  an approved decision  to  renovate and conserve the heritage structures in and around Mysore and also Srirangapatna.


Dewan C.V.Rangacharlu, Mysore kingdom.

This elegant town hall  building is  a great  tribute  to  Sri C.V. Rangacharlu, who  distinguished himself  as  an effective dewan of Mysore in the formative years.  Driven by famine, the state's revenue was  low a with a debt of about Rs. 8 lakh; so  he  took special efforts to improve the revenue to a safe level within a short period. To achieve it  the dewan cut down  the administrative expenses and closed  down many jails and other govt. offices. His cost-effective methods improved the flow of revenue into the treasury.   After joining the Mysore Civil Service in 1868,  his promotion was quick, and he assumed the post of  Comptroller of Mysore  Palace.  His contribution to the state of Mysore and its economy, besides first railway line, women's education, etc  was unparalleled in the annals of Mysore history.

Sir Rangacharlu assumed dewanship on  25 March 1881, the same day Chamarajendra Wadiyar was installed as the Maharajah of Mysore. He was the 14th Dewan, assuming office after a lapse of 14 long years since his predecessor Arunachala Mudaliar's term in 1866.  His stint lasted only two years and before stepping down from Dewanship on health grounds, he formed in August 1881 Prajapratinidhi  Sabha -  sort of council with representation from the public  to listen to the people's  grievances and  had an  Anglo Indian colony set-up at Whitefield, near Bangalore. He died at Madras on  20.1.1883. Before his retirement, concerned about  Mysore's future development, he was the one who recommended his colleague and a dynamic administrator  Sri K, Sheshadri Aiyar for dewanship who did a splendid job  that made Mysore one of the well-developed and rich kingdoms.