India is on a fast track of globalization and urbanization. Along with the great advantages of this forward march, some concerns are also a reality.
It is a proven fact that with globalization and urbanization, local cultures are threatened. In the next few decades, India is poised to witness unprecedented levels of economic growth and urbanization. In the flood of all these developments, we do not want India's heritage and culture to be eroded.
The purpose of the Krishna Lila Park is to present, preserve and promote the cultural heritage of India as described in the ancient Indian classics, to the contemporary society, in an interesting and captivating presentation.
In today's society, people, especially children, are exposed to world class entertainment through animation, multi-million dollar Hollywood productions like the Harry Potter films, internet content, Imax films and so on. We have to present Indian classical content also in a manner that matches or exceeds these standards of presentation.
We plan to set up the Krishna Lila Park as a family edutainment centre – that will transport the guests to the time and place of the different episodes from the Mahabharata, Bhagavata and Ramayana. The narrative strategy we use is known as technology assisted multi-sensory immersive and experiential story telling. This is the kind of communication strategy that the worlds best Theme Parks like Disney World, EPCOT and Universal Studios use.
For instance, five thousand years back in Vrindavana when Indra threatened the Vrajavasis with torrential rains, blasts of thunder and lightening, and the consequent over flooding of Yamuna - all to inundate the village, and if you were present there how would you experience all this? And the relief the village residents felt when Krishna lifted the Govardhan Hill and protected them! The Govardhan Lila attraction will give such an experience to the Krishna Lila Park visitors.
We are in touch with some of the most experienced designers and builders of theme park attractions in the world. We shall take their technical assistance and work with Indian technology companies to create these attractions at modest Indian prices. Our firm belief is that Indian engineering companies can provide world class solutions at affordable prices.
The main components of the project are:
One of the attractions will be on the highest level of the iconic building where visitors will be seated on a special vimana that will take them out of the building in a breathtaking moment. The vimana will transport them further out of Bangalore city, beyond the earth's atmosphere, pierce the coverings of the material universe and gently glide in to the Vaikuntha world. This is a unique attraction that combines a 4D Theatre, motion simulation and advanced computer graphics, to create an unforgettable flight to the spiritual realm.
projection for a daily outdoor evening show. Live show with hundreds of artistes will also be a part of this show seasonally.
4. Small and medium sized children's theatres that depict specially made children's films, puppet shows, story telling sessions, etc. on Indian heritage and culture. Kids' play zone to teach morality from our culture to the tiny tots in a fun way.
The Government of Karnataka has allotted 28 acres of land at Vasanthpura, close to Kanakapura Road, for setting up this project. It is also a rocky hillock and an abandoned quarry like the Hare Krishna Hill.
The cost estimate is Rs. 350 crores.
The trust has acquired about 35 acres of land near the rocky hillock allotted by the Government of Karnataka. Actually we set about looking for land near the hillock given to us by the Government to get a good access from Kanakapura Road. And finally we ended up with this 35-acre piece of land. We plan to develop this 35 acres of land and the surpluses generated will be used for setting up the Park. (See sketch below).
We plan to take up mostly residential development and some commercial development.
To develop a trust property and generate income to further the objects of the trust is a standard and age-old practice followed by religious and charitable trusts in our country, and in our city. This is not something new. For instance, the well known Unity Building, next to Bangalore City Corporation office, belongs to the Church of South India, and the property was developed into a commercial building, from which the church continues to enjoy rental income to be used for church purposes. The Rashtrottana Building on Nrupatunga Road belongs to a charitable trust, Rashtrottana Parishad. The trust gets regular rent from Kamat Refreshments and a host of other government offices. There are hundreds of examples of this kind all over Bangalore city.
We are not personally doing it ourselves. We have contracted the work to a builder, who is also a devotee of the temple. He owns a design and build company. And he does all the design, development and construction work for the temple practically at cost. It is a great blessing to have such a committed and competent builder with us. His company will also build the Krishna Lila Park buildings.
False. Please see the sketch above. The allotted by the government is 28 acres and that will used entirely for setting up the Krishna Lila Park. We have separately purchased additional 35 acres of land where we will build residential apartments.
Firstly, we are not breaking any law of the land by taking up such a project. As we mentioned earlier, a charitable and religious trust developing the trust property to earn an income which will be entirely used for the trust objectives is neither unlawful nor new. Secondly, in our case, we are doing this to preserve and promote the great culture and heritage of India. We want to impress on the younger generation about the glorious pastimes of our legendary heroes like Krishna and Hanuman. Otherwise, today, our children's minds are filled with Superman, Spiderman and such other characters and legends coming from the West. We want to implant the great characters of our Indian epics and the deep morality they represent, in the minds of our children. This is an unprecedented and historical project being attempted for the first time in our country.
We have presented this project and the financing strategy to the project to the Government of Karnataka in 2005. The State High Level Committee chaired by the Chief Minister of Karnataka has given a clearance for this project as one of the state tourism projects. The government has also offered certain tax concessions under the tourism policy.
We got the clearance from High Level Clearance Committee (HLCC) in 30.12.2004. Next we had to consolidate the lands needed for the project, which took certain duration of time. To raise funds for the project, we approached the financial institutions. But they wanted the land allotted to us by the government on a lease basis to be converted to free hold. We applied to the government for this change from lease to free hold and the matter went up to the cabinet to approve of this. Finally on 10.11.2006 the cabinet cleared this matter. Meanwhile, we have got the environmental clearance for the project from the Government of India. We also obtained the airport clearance for the height of the building. We have also completed a great deal of design work of the attractions. Nearly 4000 art works, concept drawings, color keys, detailed design drawings are ready. We have also identified several technology partners to provide engineering solutions for creating the attractions in the park, both in India and overseas.
We are planning to have the ground breaking ceremony around mid August 2009 soon after Sri Krishna Janmashtami. We plan to complete the project in five years time that is by 2014.
For More Information about Krishna Lila Theme Park Please visit http://www.iskconbangalore.org/krishna-lila-park
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