Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Remembering the Lalbagh Legend - Mr. Vijay Thiruvady

We are deeply saddened to say that in the passing of Mr. Vijay Thiruvady yesterday, 1 Aug.2023, we have lost a dear friend and the city, a renowned botanist and historian.  

We had the good fortune of establishing contact with him sometime in 2013 when Mrs. Shanta Ramachandran gifted us a book, Heritage Trees written by her brother, Vijay Thiruvady. She lived in the vicinity of the lake and was a regular visitor to Puttakere. Later when Mr. T S Srinivasa, one of our tree experts, published a pocket book titled Discover Garden Climbers we thought it would be good to organize a book release function since we were growing climbers at the lake. Mr. Thiruvady readily agreed to do the honours. Photos of this event held in Jan 2018 are attached, link to the report is here. 

Mr. Thiruvady, was Trustee, Bangalore Environment Trust, who conducted Green Heritage Walks in Lalbagh, Imperial Colonial Walks in Cubbon Park and Military Heritage Walks at the MEG&C. His mesmerizing stories and anecdotes made these a memorable experience. Our Editor, Mrs. Vijayalakshmi Kutty who had gone twice on the Green Heritage Walk (which ended with breakfast at MTR), interviewed him for Ripples, our bi-annual newsletter. The Tree Walker appeared in the July 2020 issue. 

For more than 30 years, Mr. Thiruvady had been collecting the letters and documents of his grandfather, Dr K S Krishnan, the renowned physicist who together with CV Raman had discovered the Raman Effect. One of these letters was a signed appeal from Albert Einstein!  Mr Thiruvady sent a photo of this with the news that he had just handed over these memorabilia to NCBS. To hear of his demise only four days later was indeed a big shock. 

Mr. Vijay Thiruvady, 21 July 1941 - 1 Aug. 2023

RIP Sir.


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