Whitefield Research




02-04 May 2012, UMass-CHS 2012, International conference paper presentation, ‘Digitial Technology and Intangible Heritage-case study: Whitefield Anglo-Indian settlement’ by Krupa Rajangam analyses the Whitefield Diaries project and the role of technology in presenting and interpreting intangible heritage.
07-08 Apr 2011, IAAH 2011, International conference paper presenation, ‘Whitefield – an important but forgotten chapter of India’s colonial heritage’ by Krupa Rajangam on the findings of her research project to establish the settlement’s significance.
Mar 2011, Vol 27, Iss 1,89-110, South Asian Studies – peer reviewed journal of British Association of South Asian Studies,‘Whitefield – an important but forgotten chapter of India’s colonial heritage’ by Krupa Rajangam presents an analysis of the settlement’s planning and design.
The Alternative: Oct 2010:  ‘Yesterday once more’ by Krupa Rajangam on an attempt to engage Whitefield community and get them to develop a Heritage Management Plan for the old settlement.
Bangalore Mirror: 29 Aug 2010: ‘The fields are no more’. by Krupa Rajangam on the transformation of the settlement.
Citizen Matters, Mar 2010:  ‘Anglo-Indian village to Upmarket suburb’. by Krupa Rajangam on the settlement’s intangible heritage and history.


  • Long term residents have come to terms with the fact that Whitefield’s boundary is no longer just the original village.
  • The threat to the church continues to loom. Although proposed road widening works have been suspended there has been no official notification to date.
  • Giddens continues to be actively involved in transforming Whitefield’s landscape and makes no mention of retiring at some point.
  • The D’Souza family’s struggles to keep the Waverley building standing and the property intact is ongoing.
  • Lionel Moss remained active in addressing Whitefield civic issues with Christa’s support before passing away in July 2013.
  • The 1905 established Whitefield Settlers and Resident’s Association has been revived. It is opening its doors to all local associations in the hope of bringing them all under one umbrella to better address civic issues.
  • Residents have announced an annual Whitefield Heritage Day,



The inaugural screening was held at Whitefield Club. The audience to a large extent comprised Whitefield residents (old and new). There was some concern over how Whitfield ‘s name was being usurped or rather being exploited commercially.

While the group felt certain amount of regret and nostalgia for what had been lost, they also expressed a need to do something to protect what ever little was left. Residents wished to know what could be done to protect the area’s heritage – Citizen Matters, covered this in a follow up article ‘A stroke of law, and you have heritage’


There was a follow up screening and panel discussion at Jaaga, about a week later. There was a marked difference in the audience, at whitefield it was primarily residents who were concerned about how to protect their local heritage and identity. At Jaaga it was a group more concerned with the general message behind the films and their aesthetics… The group appreciated the way the histories had been interpreted and presented.

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