The Tam-Tam stand at Patna Junction has been demolished. (Link)
It is an old story but I got to know about it only today when a friend Mr. Bhartendu Kumar Das informed me about it.
It was a beautiful structure and I remember it very well. I am sure many others from Patna will remember it too. It had historical significance too as it was donated by the Maharaja of Darbhanga and inaugurated by the Viceroy of India. I felt very sad, as a significant part of the legacy of Patna, a structure with which I associate Patna Junction Station has been lost. Future generations of Patnaite will not have the privilege to see this structure.
They could have easily relocated it to another place in Patna. The famous London Bridge was relocated lock stock and barrel to America! At least they could have relocated to a nearby place, say Gandhi Maidan or in the compound of Patna Museum.
Another way could have been leaving the structure intact there itself and do development around it. There are many examples of it. We do that routinely for religious structures like mosques and temples. I don't know where the remains have been dumped and whether it can be retrieved at all.
I wish I had taken a photo of this beautiful stand. Does anyone have a photo of this?
Let us start a movement so that another such historic structure does not get demolished like this, unsung and unheralded.
T. V. Sinha, Guest Contributor, PatnaDaily.Com