Visitors can get a glimpse of Narayan’s early life through rare photographs taken by some of his friends and others that are on display.
The house of Malgudi man R K Narayan that has been converted into a memorial and museum was inaugurated by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday.
R K Narayan’s restored two-storey building houses various awards, certificates along with his personal belongings that include collection of books, coats, watch and spectacles.
Visitors can also get a glimpse of Narayan’s early life through rare photographs taken by some of his friends and others that are on display. The personal belongings of RKN were handed over by the family members to the Mysuru City Corporation.
MCC has taken the lead five years ago to save the building from demolition and had purchased the property for Rs 2.4 crore and the renovation and landscaping work were completed with a budget of Rs 35 lakh.
MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath said: “The two-storey building was getting demolished in September 2011 but by invoking the provisions of Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, we declared the property a heritage structure and preserved it. Today we have restored the building where RKN lived for almost four decades and it has been developed on the lines of Shakespeare’s residence in England.”
“The museum will be open to public free of cost all days except Mondays from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm till the corporation decides on levying a fee,” he added.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah spent some time going around the museum but skipped the official stage function. District In-charge and PWD Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa, MLA Vasu, Mayor B L Bhyrappa, Deputy Commissioner C Shikha and others were present.