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Saturday, 20 April 2024 5.44 AM IST

US announces funding for restoration of Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion Folklore Museum 

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MYSORE: The United States Diplomatic Mission in India, along with the University of Mysore declared the initiation of a significant restoration and conservation project for the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion Folklore Museum in Mysore, Karnataka. This project backed by the US Government's Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) aims to preserve the western section of the museum building and more than 6,500 artifacts from diverse locations across Karnataka. The restoration work led by the University of Mysore in collaboration with the Heritage Foundation anticipates completion by 2025.

Consul General Christopher W. Hodges announcing the 300,000 dollar AFCP grant in Chennai highlighted the project's dedication to honoring India's cultural heritage. He emphasized community engagement and the joint efforts of conservationists, museum experts, sculptors, designers and artisans in safeguarding Karnataka's rich cultural legacy.

Expressing delight, University Vice-Chancellor Prof N K Loknath noted that the refurbished museum will enhance Mysore's tourist attractions and serve as a hub for research on Karnataka's anthropological traditions.

Ambassador Latha Reddy from the Deccan Heritage Foundation emphasized the importance of preserving cultural heritage sites. She outlined the vision for the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion project to create a sustainable museum using best practices in architectural restoration and property preservation.

The Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, constructed in 1905 as the residence of Maharajakumari Jayalakshmani is situated within the University of Mysore's Manasa Gangotri campus. Founded in 1969 by Dr Jawaregowda, the Folklore Museum remains an integral part of this historical estate.

The AFCP, a crucial cultural initiative of the United States globally, has supported 24 projects in India, valuing 2.7 million dollar over the past two decades. These endeavors include preserving various heritage sites such as Humayun's Tomb in New Delhi, folk music in Rajasthan and the palm-leaf manuscripts at the United Theological College in Bengaluru. Through AFCP, the US showcases its commitment to safeguarding cultural heritage worldwide signifying respect for diverse cultures.

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