Malgudi memories revived: RK Narayanan's fictional work gets its own museum in Karnataka
During the shooting of an episode based on his short story Old man at the Temple, the writer visited the location himself and approved of it.
August 09, 2020 / 03:24 PM IST
Drawing the fictional world of RK Narayanan in the popular series Malgudi Days to real life, the Indian Railways recently began developing a railway station at Shivamogga in Karnataka, The News Minute reported.
Shivamogga was where the series Malgudi Days, directed by Shankar Nag was shot. It was based on the series of short stories written by Narayanan.
The Arasalu station was integrated into the Malgudi Museum on August 8. Suresh Angadi, the Minister for Railways attended the event via a web link. While the old Arasalu station has been converted into a museum, a new one has been built a few metres away, the report said.
According to the report, Arasalu station had about two trains passing through it every day, during the 1980s, making it an ideal location to shoot scenes. During the shooting of an episode based on his short story Old man at the Temple, Narayanan visited the location himself and approved of it.
Shankar Nag also stayed in a town about 6 km from Arasalu, called Ripponpet, according to locals.
Shivamogga Member of Parliament BY Raghavendra confirmed the plan to rebuild the station in March of 2019. The platform at the station has been expanded and it can now accommodate 28-coach trains instead of the 12-coach trains it earlier accommodated.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa took to twitter to commemorate the opening of the museum and station and thanked Union Minister for Railways and Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal for immortalising the works of Narayanan and Shankar Nag:
This Hindi television series by Shankar Nag was aired on DD National in 1986. It featured the likes of Master Manjunath, Girish Karnad, Vaishali Kasaravalli, Anant Nag, and was immensely popular across the country.