Kora Chandy – Bangalore’s Chronicler of 20thc

By • May 17th, 2012
Category: Bangalore, Books and Authors, Featured, India, Life

Cecila Anthrapar. Copyright The Kamla Show 2012Kora Chandy was Bangalore’s chronicler of 20thc.

In this interview Chandy’s daughter Ceclia (Cecy) Anthrapar talks about how her father developed his interest in the old, charming city. Trained as a lawyer in Kerala, he came to Bangalore in 1930 and worked for the British residency and then went to work in the Bangalore’s High Court.  He helped TP Issar chronicle Bangalore’s architecture history.  But now that old, charming Bangalore has faded and given way to a new city that is in a hurry to play catch up with other metros.  “He would have been totally lost in this new city,” Cecy points out.

Chandy wrote extensively about old Bangalore in City Tab (that no longer exists) and The Hindu. He researched and knew the stories and anecdotes of many of the charming old buildingshomes and streets in Bangalore’s cantonment area. Places like Golden Threshold and Victoria Hotel no longer exist. And in the last few years Bangalore’s famous monkey top homes have disappeared at an alarming rate, and in their place stand tall, modern apartment buildings.

His interest in the history of Bangalore was planted in the 1930s by his former boss Sir Trevelyan, British Resident of Bangalore. From 1930s till the end of the century Chandy spent all his free time collecting and sharing information about Bangalore. Sir Trevrlyan later  become the British Ambassador to the Soviet Union during the Cold War period.

Chandy worked for Mysore Residency Office from 1930 to 1947, and then as Secretary of the Civil Station Municipal Commission from 1947 to 1950. From 1950-1963 he worked as the Deputy Registrar of the High Court and then retired.  He was given the powers to register Christian Civil Marriages.

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  1. I am thrilled to go through the interview with Mrs.Ceclia Anthraper. I am very fond of this family and I respect thenm to the core. Mr.Anthraper was a thorough gentleman from Cherthala< Kerala. I had an opportunity to work for him and Maj Gen T.B.Poduwal for a company promoted by Mr.AJA Anthraper, viz., Mic Auto Ancillaries Ltd., which had its officeon W.H.Hanumanthappa Road, Ulsoor Road Cross, Bangalore 560008. This was during the year 1985-86. At that time, I used to accompany Mr.Anthraper to visit his in-law Late Mr.Kora Chandy somewhere in Richards Town/Pottery Town (near Maruthi Seva Nagar or ITC factory) the cantonmet area where Mr.Kora Chandy lived. The house was a colonial built and a beautiful place. Mr.Kora Chandy also used to visit Mic Auto Ancillaries quite often always wearing a suit and I still remember his that smily face. Even though I was not knowing him earlier, I started respecting this old gentleman. Further, Ceclia madam also used to visit the office, of course being their own company when I used to greet and wish her also. I do not know whether she remembers me. I had also visited their house in Koramangala – Sarjapur Road with my Chairman, Mr.AJA Anthraper, who was a great personality and a very kind hearted person and a handsome person. I also remember bringing their two lovely daughters from a convent just opposite St.Josehp's College. Unfortunately, I had to leave MIC Auto Ancilleries and join some other company. If I find an opportunity I would like to meet Mrs.Ceclia madam and pay my respects to her and their family. I do not know about Mr.Anthraper.

  2. Mr. Kora Chandy was our neighbour for a great many years in Fraser Town (Kumaraswamy Naidu Road, opposite East railway station). Later, he moved to a bungalow near the ITC factory.

    A frequent visitor to our house, Mr. Chandy sent his children, especially Thomas, to be tutored by my grand father, the late G. Sigamani, who was a government school headmaster.

    My mother recalls that cars of visitors seeking to meet Mr. Chandy were parked all the way down our street. He was indeed a man of impeccable integrity and utmost simplicity.

    I had the good fortune of conversing with him when I was researching the history of Fraser Town, while at college in 1995.

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