Mangalore is witnessing the journey of Cricket through photographs as the Mangalore chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), will organise an exhibition of rare vintage photographs of the journey of cricket in Mangalore, from the collection of Kasturi Balakrishna Pai, former cricket umpire of the Mangalore region.
The exhibition will celebrate the story of cricket in the context of the historic port town of Mangaluru, by connecting places, personalities, institutions and events. The presentation will have an assorted display of a unique personal collection of photographs and documents, from the first Ranji Trophy match played at Nehru Maidan, up to K L Rahul’s early days here. It will feature famous local teams and the personal profiles and biographies of 10 celebrity players of Mangaluru. Photos of benefit matches hosted in Mangaluru, and featuring national players, will also be on display.
Mangaluru’s historic narrative has a long and distinctive western colonial phase which influenced to bring cricket. The cricket exploration in Mangalore starts with Nehru Maidan, the Oval of Mangalore region. How the red (cherry) leather ball cricket flourished and sustained here will be narrated in this exhibition, from a passionate cricket lover’s intimate and personal view of cricket in Mangalore.
The exhibition organised under the title ‘Nurturers of the Cherry Garden’ will open on Saturday at at Kodialguthu Center for Art and Culture, Ballalbagh, and the display will remain open to visitors till Wednesday. The exhibition will be inaugurated by K Vishnu Shenoy, a member of the first team of Mangalorean cricketers, which went to Mysore and Bangalore in 1957, in the presence of Basty Purushotham Shenoy, former captain of the KREC (NITK) cricket team.