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Past Forward

in 2018, Heritage Beku evolved as a citizen initiative to maintain and preserve Bengaluru's fading heritage. 'Beku' is the Kannada word for 'want' or 'need'- so the simple phrase was really - 'We Need Heritage'. It was an agonised cry from the heart as our collective history crumbled.  Our focus is to have an agile, dynamic, evolving framework to reflect citizen voices & channel it to positively impact preservation of the city's heritage - be it built, natural or cultural. We need a city we can pass on to our descendants and a shared history. #HeritageBeku 

Not concrete .

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A Bit of Background

Heritage Beku is a group of eminent citizens from all walks of life working towards one goal - protecting the history that makes Bangalore unique. We are conservation experts, policy researchers, lawyers, environment activists, corporate players, artists, journalists and architects in our day jobs. But first and foremost, we are full time Bangalore lovers. 
Every city is unique because of its cultural, environmental and architectural history. But the last few years have been terribly unkind to Bangalore’s past. In our haste to ‘develop a world class city’, we have been very callous with our heritage. Heritage Beku’s focus is to engage with citizens, policy makers, the Government and other stake holders to preserve what is left of our legacy. #HeritageBeku believes that a city’s future cannot be built on the grave of its past and that citizens and experts must be involved in the process of building a city. #HeritageBeku = #PastForward
We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact with all of our pursuits.

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Building up a proper framework for preserving and maintaining Bengaluru's dwindling heritage is key to its future. Whether it is legislation, heritage bye laws or updates to the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act (KTCPA). #HeritageBeku is doing its best.


Whether its with government, educational institutions, other organisations & corporates, its important to to ensure one interacts to preserve and USE our Bengaluru heritage. Innovation in PPP models, govt funding and buy in becomes increasingly critical


#HeritageBeku would like to push heritage initiatives, across stakeholders,  set up awards & recognitions, interesting plans like
#KnowYourCity & Heritage Detectives, focus on technology & apps to enhance experience

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"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"

William James

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#HeritageBeku gets social.

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From 2018 to date

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Heritage Inputs


Massive meetings and a City wide detailed response to the RMP31 covering procedure, law, aesthetics, zone wise approach and formation of committee and city heritage group. Two man months went into creating a 50 page document on heritage, zones, committee and preservation (with global and India best practices) . The HB inputs were filed on Jan 23rd 2018,  but the Master Plan itself went on hold ,These could have changed city heritage landscape and direction. HB