Nurturers of The Cherry Garden’- A photo Story of Cricket in Mangalore: Check Out

Nurturers of The Cherry Garden’- A photo Story of Cricket in Mangalore: Check Out

Mangaluru Chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is organizing an exhibition of rare vintage photographs of the journey of cricket in Mangalore from the collection of Kasturi Balakrishna Pai, former cricket umpire of Mangalore region. The exhibition organised under the title ‘Nurturers of the Cherry Garden’ will open on 19th February, 2022 at 05:30 pm at Kodialguthu Center for Art and Culture, GG Road, BallalBagh, Mangalore and the display will remain open to visitors till 23rd February, between 11am and 7pm.

The exhibition will celebrate the story of cricket in the context of the historic port town of Mangalore by connecting places, personalities, institutions and events together. 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 KL Rahul’s early days in Mangalore. It will feature famous local teams and the personal profiles and the biographies of ten celebrity players of Mangalore. Photos of benefit matches hosted in Mangalore and featuring national players will also be on display.

The  exploration starts with Nehru Maidan, the Oval of Mangalore region. Then, how the red (cherry) leather ball cricket flourished and sustained here (with some negligence) will be narrated in this exhibition from a passionate cricket lover’s intimate and personal view of cricket in Mangalore. This exhibition in its inception wishes to highlight the following issues pertaining to the future of cricket in this region.

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