Lonely Canopy Art & Travel

Traveling the world, one sketch at a time!

University College, Mangalore

There’s a beautiful red building in Mangalore’s bustling city center, Hampankatte. Stone arches and green wooden windows seem to hang on to the grace of a bygone era. Around the heritage structure, the city slowly moves towards its millennial aspirations. The institute’s origins can be traced back to 1824 when a group of German Missionaries introduced English language education in coastal Karnataka. Over time, the institution grew and changed names. Now it is simply called the University College.

I spent a Saturday afternoon here, sketching in a shaded corner. With no classes going on, the campus was deserted. A handful of students lounged around the campus. Two teachers had turned up to oversee an NCC camp. I chatted with one of them, an English lecturer, who took me on a tour of the interiors. She held a small part in the popular Telugu movie, Arjun Reddy, where I first noticed this pretty building. We stopped in the recently-renovated Academy Hall where Tagore had given a talk almost a century ago.


Seema Misra

Seema Misra undertakes freelance projects for illustrations, content creation, copywriting, and social media marketing through her blog Lonely Canopy. To unwind, she watches world cinema or travels across it. She talks to her plants and sometimes people as well. But more often than not … you will find her curled up in her favorite corner reading a book while sipping strong coffee.

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Rajalakshmi Narasajjan
Rajalakshmi Narasajjan

beautiful sketches seema….very impressive. I thought the sketches would be pencil sketches, these are really beautiful…
college is situated in Hampankatte, Mangalore.
the institution started as a provincial school in 1869


I am awestruck by these paintings, Seema….as always!!!