Vijayanath Shenoy lived in Manipal. Music and conservation of architectural heritage are his passion. Distraught by the destruction of the latter throughout coastal Karnataka, Shenoy decided to be the change he wanted to see. His efforts caught the eye of NORAD or Norwegian Development Agency and with their support; he set up a Heritage Village in Manipal on a land measuring 6 acres donated by the Government of Karnataka. He has managed to translocate and rebuild magnificent buildings that would have been detroyed otherwise. A crafts museum, contemporary arts museum and a performing arts centre are being developed as well.