Dorabji Tata Park adds ‘Diamond’ to its crown

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Dorabji Tata Park adds ‘Diamond’ to its crown

Sunday, 11 October 2020 | Parvinder Bhatia | Jamshedpur

Dorabji Tata Park located in front of Keenan Stadium in the heart of the city, was crowned with a ‘Diamond’ on Saturday.

A Diamond Pavilion has been added to the renovated park that captures the historical context and narrative of the Jubilee Diamond to create a timeless monument fabricated with the material of the future. The monument is 12 metres in height. It is fabricated from Tata Structura tubular steel sections and spans 16 metres x 12 metres.

Visitors can now experience the amphitheatre within the Diamond Pavilion for a moment of reflection and quiet. The central space is for the visitors to feel the magnificence of the diamond from within and not just as a showpiece seen from afar.

T V Narendran, CEO& managing director, Tata Steel re-dedicated the renovated park on Saturday evening.

In 1995, this park was created to commemorate the contribution of Sir Dorabji Tata to the country, the city of Jamshedpur and the Tata Group. It was designed as a vibrant recreational space for the citizens of Jamshedpur by Laurence Francis and Jatinder Singh, of the erstwhile Town Division.

Originally, the park had two rose gardens, three fountains and a life-size statue of Sir Tata. After 25 years, the park was re-envisioned by Architect Nuru Karim and rededicated to the public.

“During the upgradation of the park, a statue of Lady Meherbai Tata, wife of Sir Tata, has been added, along with a spectacular steel tubular structure and pavilion to capture the legacy of the famous Jubilee Diamond,” said an official of Tata Steel.

Sir Dorabji Tata, the elder son of Tata Group founder Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata and Heerabai Tata, was born on August 27, 1859.  Sir Dorabji Tata believed that wealth must be put to constructive use. In November 1924, he pledged his own and his wife’s personal fortunes, which included the famous Jubilee Diamond, to keep the steel venture afloat when it slipped into financial trouble and there was no money to even pay the wages of employees.

Less than a year after his wife Lady Meherbai Tata demise, Sir Tata bequeathed most of his personal wealth--comprising substantial shareholdings in various Tata enterprises, landed property and his wife’s jewellery--to the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, the largest philanthropic entity in India. The trust is best known for promoting four pioneering institutions of national importance: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tata Memorial Centre for Cancer Research and Treatment, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and National Centre of the Performing Arts.

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