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Reviving the Roerich Estate - a valuable legacy

21 April 2023

The Chief Secretary

Govt of Karnataka & Chair, Roerich and Devikarani Roerich Estate Board

Vidhana Soudha


Dear Madam:

Sub: Heritage focus and appropriate action and direction for the historic Roerich estate

We at Heritage Beku are concerned re the future and preservation of the Roerich estate. There have been no clear plans and proper protection and showcasing of this incredible historic and build our site on Bangalore’s outskirts. We are concerned that there have been many varied discussions including converting this into a film city and using it for other commercial purposes. The estate represents not only great historic merit, in a place for both arts films as well as an incredible treasure trove of nature and forestry. We must make all attempts to preserve and promote this beautiful space and avoid any degradation, disuse and loss of habitat and heritage. Already the lake, fauna & fauna are under pollution and threat.

In 2020 the Karnataka Biodiversity Board (KBB) has urged the State government to declare sprawling 467.53-acre Roerich and Devika Rani Roerich Estate situated in southern part of Bengaluru as a "Biodiversity Heritage Site" under the Biodiversity Act 2002. It would be important to understand the status of this request.

From Heritage Beku, we request the government please take cognizance and include us in the discussion of how the Roerich Estate can be dealt with, properly preserved, and be appreciated and loved not only today but for a future generation.

We look forward to your action and response.

Thanking You,

Yours Sincerely.

Priya Chetty-Rajagopal


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