Ashwini Y S Bengaluru, Mar 08, 2016, DHNS
The Department of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage has dropped the proposal to open a cafeteria at the Venkatappa Art Gallery.
The Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), a division of the Bengaluru-based Tasveer Foundation, had proposed to open a cafeteria on the ground floor of the existing building as part of its revival and renovation plans.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, Channappa Gowda N S, Secretary, Archaeology department, admitted that the MAP had proposed to set up a cafeteria but he had written to the Gallery Director, H T Talwar, not to approve it.
“If we let them build a cafeteria, then they will hand over the management of it to somebody else. This is not required. There is already an existing cafe in the gallery which can be used.”
However, this, among other ideas floated by the MAP, has not figured in the MoU, signed between the State government and the NGO in July 2015, raising apprehensions among the artist community. Artists from across Karnataka who are opposing the move to hand over the gallery to the private entity as part of the ‘adoption’ scheme mooted by the Tourism department, fear that the entire gallery will be privatised.
The Archaeology department has now sought the opinion of the Kannada and Culture Minister Umashree on whether to go ahead with the MoU.