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.


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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!!!