Take a stroll in the Freedom Park
Bangalore is never short of ideas and innovation. In a unique move, the state government has turned the erstwhile Central Jail to a park, where people can take a stroll. It is in a way a look into the history as well. Because the jail housed our great freedom fighters and people who opposed the late Indira Gandhi during the Emergency.
Vicky Nanjappa takes a saunter through the prison-turned-park. Follow him!
Image: The imposing entrance to the unique park in Bangalore
Photographs: KPN Photos
Be behind the bars
The Central Jail has undergone a complete makeover and is now the new cultural hub. The makeover, undertaken by architects Mathew and Gosh, is a dream come true for Bangaloreans, who have been looking for a cultural space, especially when the Information Technology boom has commercialized the city once known as the Garden City.
Image: Ashok Pillar at the park.
That nostalgic feeling
The 22-acre park situated in central Bangalore also boasts of a 16-acre amphitheatre that can house 300 people. While many structural changes have been made in the old building, the watch tower and the office of the chief warden have been retained to create a feeling of nostalgia.
Image: A view of the watch tower.
Barracks forever here!
The park also has six barracks which have been converted into recreational spots where the public could walk around and the cell yard continues to remain as a high-walled structure.
Image: The watch tower, another view.
Face the Music here
The plan is to have a musical fountain. There is still a bit of art work that remains to be done in the park.
Image: The musical fountain is being renovated.
Image: A view of a structure inside the park.
Tired? Then get into a museum
Image: A way to the musuem
Go to the Gallows!
The gallows will be redone in due course of time.The plan is to design it on the lines of the gallows at the Belgaum Central Jail, which is the only place where executions are carried out in Karnataka.
Image: The gallows will be redone in due course of time.
The Freedom Wall
Image: The Freedom Wall and the corridor