BENGALURU: The dismantling and reconstruction of the 200-year-old ‘Miyar House’ which sheltered the various families of the Miyar Village, acted as a symbol to display the inevitability of change in time.
Ramchandra P.N. is a Mumbai-based filmmaker, who along with his friend Ajay Raina went to visit his ancestral village in Miyar to witness, document and to capture the last moments of his ancestral house.
“By the next generation, all these village houses will be gone along with our customs and traditions,” said an elderly witness in his film, as all their inheritors have left the house and settled someplace else. Hence, he attempts at retaining the nostalgic feeling of his ancestral house with his documentation, though he only visited the house 5 to 6 times in his life.
This issue of inevitability in the change of time was discussed by panellists Meera Iyer, Saparya Varma, Sundar Sarukkai, Ramchandra P.N. and moderated by Basav Biradar after the film, ‘Miyar House’ directed produced and edited by ‘Ramchandra P.N. was screened at Venkatappa Art Gallery by Toto Funds the Arts.
“Though I recorded the film in 2001, it was not until 2007 I realised there is a story here and started working on it. The film not only talks about architecture and heritage but also talks about a certain change in life itself and the inevitability and concept of time,” said Ramchandra P.N., the filmmaker of ‘Miyar house’.
“As a conservation architect, I felt the dismantling process was very painful to watch as its aesthetics change but it’s heartening to know it has its place somewhere, really,” said Saparya Varma, conservation architect of heritage matters. She also added that many times architects have discussed whether dismantling and refining like what Vijaynath Shenoy real conservation though he preserved and maintained objects that have lost its use somewhere. “It is against our philosophy to move it from its origin which we avoid,” she said.
Sundar Sarukkai finds that here is a lot of conflict between maintaining the traditional features and refining it, but in the case of the ‘Miyar house’, now refined in the Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village by Vijaynath Shennoy, “It helps us to relate to our daily lives but there is also a lot of good as well,” he said.