In an amazing gesture, the Indian Railways has brought the fictional town of Malgudi by RK Narayan to life in the town of Shvamogga. The station is the same place where the television serial Malgudi Days was shot.
The Malgudi Museum that was developed in the Arasalu railway station was finally opened on Saturday. The inauguration of the museum was held by the Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi through video conferencing. Karnataka Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa took to twitter to thank the Union Minister Piyush Goyal. He wrote,
“Iconic TV series Malgudi Days shot in Agumbe, Shivamogga district comes to life with the “Malgudi Museum” at Arasalu station. Thank you Piyush Goyal ji for immortalizing the legendary work of RK Narayan, Shankar Nag, and for reviving memories of millions.”
The Malgudi Story
A television series was created based on the short stories written by RK Narayan. The series was created by the late actor and filmmaker Shankar Nag in the late 1980s. Since the story was set in the fictional town of Malgudi, Shankar Nag decided to shoot the series in Shivamogga. The other areas for the series were chosen in and around Shivamogga like Agumbe and other regions to provide a feel of rustic ambiance.
When the series was shot in the Arasalu railway station, there were only two trains passed the station every day. Since it also provided an ideal backdrop for the story, Shankar Nag decided to shoot the episodes there. The novelist RK Narayan visited the station and approved for its use in the series.
The plan to develop the station was approved by the member of parliament from Shivamogga BY Raghavendra in 2019. The newly expanded station can now accommodate 28-coach train trains. The old station is now a museum and the new station is just meters away from the old station.
Source: The NewsMinute