Jayakar Bungalow, also known as house of treasures, has been completely restored and will now house a digital film library where film researchers can access the rich film database of the Archive.
A grade I heritage structure, the bungalow was built in 1945 by Barrister M R Jayakar, a renowned national leader, member of the Constituent Assembly and first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pune. Over the years, the ownership of the bungalow changed hands from Br Jayakar to Indian Law Society to FTII and then to NFAI. From 1973, NFAI functioned from its premises.
The bungalow built in Tudor style of Architecture which is mostly found in Great Britain, is one of its kind in Pune. The exquisitely designed bungalow has wooden flooring, a narrow wooden staircase, typical of British architecture and massive bookshelves that stretch on almost to the roof. The two-storied the 65,00-sq ft bungalow is built in a load-bearing system with the use of coursed Stone Ashlars Masonry with lime mortar. Serene Interiors, complete with ceramic tiles and wooden ceiling. The floor and ceiling are built entirely from Burma teak wood.
For many years, large portions of the bungalow remained unused as the main activities of the Archive shifted to its present building in the 1990s. Therefore, it was felt that restoration should be carried out to give it a major facelift. A most significant rule of restoration was applied throughout the project that is to use maximum salvaged materials. In the first phase, all the later additions and alterations were carefully removed that let the structure breathe after many years. While maintaining the heritage status of the structure, new technology was introduced considering the current times and future usages. The bungalow has been restored to its most possible original form and put in adaptive reuse.
Inauguration of the newly restored Bungalow was done by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Environment, Forest and Climate Change at National Film Archive of India (NFAI) in Pune yesterday. A special booklet ‘Parampara: An ode to Jayakar Bungalow’ that chronicles the history of bungalow along with the story of its restoration was also released on the occasion.