North Bangalore Calling: The Druid Garden is open for business!

Yes that’s right, North Bangalore’s latest shiny addition is full of unique design (read as concrete, glass and wood) complete with a retractable roof that makes you feel like you’re sitting outdoors whilst indoors, a technologically advanced brew operating system, cute bespoke crockery all the way from London and an extensive menu covering 5 cuisines & a vast array of cocktails.

The Brews:

With more than 6 beers on tap, which are brewed using Czech techniques, we’re excited about these catering to a different beer palate than the already existing German and American inspired breweries.

What We Ate:

Thai Tom Yum (below right) – This has a choice of vegetarian, chicken and seafood.

Peruvian Style Roasted Pumpkin (below left) – Perfect for someone who wants a mild and smooth soup.Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 9.45.52 PMAsian Caesar Salad (below) – A classic fav with a unique asian influence.img_5924

Campagna Buratta (below) – Silky smooth fresh burette cheese and fresh tomato heirloom salad providing the perfect kick… and balance.

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Crab Meat & Melon Carpaccio (below) – A gorgeous dish with perfectly cooked crab meat, fresh veggies and a beautifully sliced fresh melon as its bed; drizzled with orange, fennel and ponzu dressing.img_5928Beetroot Shami Kabab (below) – The most interesting take on a veg kabab that we’ve seen. You have to eat it to believe it. A definite order for a vegetarian.img_5942Carimanolas with grilled lamb (below) – This South American popular, in Druid’s version, comes topped with grilled lamb (or prawn) and a pool of yummy coconut cilantro sauce.
img_5950Pizza con Funghi (below right) – Assorted mushrooms with provolone, buratta cheese, topped with egg. With just the right amount of drizzle of truffle oil, this tasted like absolute heaven.

Pizza D’Agnello (below left) – A refreshing grilled lamb pizza with arugula and goat’s cheese.
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Fresh Off the Grill – We opted to try out the lamb and the prawns off the grill. The lamb was cooked beautifully with a stunning jus, silky mash and veggies on the side. The jumbo prawns (below) were humungous and again, grilled to perfection and drizzled with lip smacking miso beurre blanc sauce.img_5967

South African Malwa Cake (below) – The in-house szechuan pepper ice cream is the best surprise on this plate.img_5983

Orchard Fresh – Choice of 3 seasonal sorbets or ice creams. Don’t forget to ask for the flavour of the day! We were lucky enough to sample a beautiful chocolate chilli ice cream, a mixed berry sorbet and a fresh mango (our fav) one atop a red chilli crumb.

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What We Drank:

Smoking Pistol (below) – Fresh pineapple & orange juice with caramelised pineapple and rosemary.

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The Deets:

Where – At 40/1, Third Floor, Century Corbel Commercial, Sahakara Nagar, Bangalore
Who – Call 080-49653560 for reservations
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Bookworms of Bangalore, here’s a list of our 5 fav libraries in the city!

Who doesn’t enjoy some quiet time with their favourite book to de-stress from the otherwise whirlwind routine of the city life? Here are some places where you can find your food for the soul:

State Central Library

One of the oldest and most loved libraries in the city that is also a stark landmark for sight-seeing. The red brick building with a well-maintained rose garden stands out amongst the verdant greenery of Cubbon Park, adding to the charm of the structure. It is said that the archives contain a copy of every book published in the state after 1970, amongst various other collections, that will satisfy your research and leisure reading demands. A total of 2,40,093 (and counting) books and periodicals are currently part of their collection, waiting to be explored.

Location: Sir Seshadri Iyer Memorial Library, (State Central Library) 
Cubbon Park
Timings: 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
Contact: 080 – 2221 2128/ 080 – 22867358

Eloor Library

A chain of libraries in India over the past 34 years, the Eloor Library in Bengaluru has one of the finest collection of books that any book lover would love to dive into and discover. Membership can be availed for as little as Rs. 1000 per head which is fully refundable at the time of closing. Cost of renting books is also reasonable at just 10% of the cost of the book (subject to a maximum amount), with a reading time of 14 days as the standard. Right from new arrivals and classics to general fiction, non-fiction, philosophy, sports and cookery, the sections of Eloor range far and wide.

Location: G – 9, Blue Cross Chambers, Infantry Road Cross
Timings: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Contact: 080 – 42057280/ 080 – 25591408

British Council Library

With state-of-the-art facilities and an atmosphere that inspires creative thinking that feeds the wanderlust of your mind, this library is definitely a stand-out from the others, by character. Besides being a space for reading and renting noteworthy books, the library is also a social arena where you can meet friends and explore the resources. They even organise skill based workshops and lively meet-and-greet sessions with authors on a regular basis.

Location: Prestige Takt 23, Kasturba Cross Road
Timings: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
Contact: 0120 456 9000

Mythic Society Library

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Established in 1909, this library caters to the curiosity of the intellects interested in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Epigraphy, Culture, traditions, Art & Architecture, Folklore Ethnology, Literature and allied subjects. They also host several lectures by renowned professors on various topics of interest (sign up for their newsletter to keep track). Additionally, a grant provided by the government for their centenary celebrations has allowed for a spacious hall that is to be made into an art museum and a guest house, exclusively for accommodating out station scholars.

Location: 14/1, Nrupathunga Road, Opposite Reserve Bank
Timings: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am to 5:15 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am to 4:00pm; Monday Holiday
Contact: 080 – 2221 5034

Just Books

Your typical ‘Rent, Read and Return’ format that has been brought to the city – Just Books has as many as 30 facilities all over. For those that find it hard to commute to the bigger libraries, this one is the perfect option and accessible without much effort from any part of Bengaluru. Moreover, you can easily rent your favourite books online, from the comfort of your homes, and have it delivered as per your convenience. This new generation community library chain provides a unique reading experience for all book lovers with a wide range of books available on all topics.

Details: Multiple locations across the city (30 facilities). Find details of your closest outlet here.

So, get your reading glasses out and pair it up with a steaming mug of tea/coffee to enjoy your favourite weekend read!

India’s international street art festival comes to Bangalore!

The St+art India Foundation – a street art festival that has gotten extremely popular over the last couple of years, is now in Bangalore for the whole of this October. The aim is to fill the streets with murals, installations, performances, talks, and screenings. The line up includes 15 Indian and International street artists who are creating narratives at Cubbon Park, MG Road, Majestic Metro Stations, and surrounding areas.

But first, what is The St+art India Foundation?

The St+Art India foundation is a non-profit organisation that works on art projects in public spaces. The aim is to encourage a wider audience to have access to art instead of visiting a conventional gallery space. This is why they’ve picked popular spots in the city.

What this year’s festival includes:

This edition will be based around the work of 12 Indian urban artists  and 3  international artists. The objective for the artists is to interpret Bangalore by transforming and creating conversations based on local stories. Wondering what exactly we’re talking about? For a little teaser, take a look at this awesome artwork (below) by famous local street artist Guess Who, which features Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso in lungis.

guess who art workST+ART Bangalore is a collaboration between Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology and the ST+ART Foundation, where the faculty wants to promote the idea of “opening spaces to dialogues, conversations and culture creation through the lens of the city.”

Check out ST+ART Bangalore/India on Instagram or on Facebook!

The M.G. Road Boulevard – A Bangalore Landmark That Transcends Time

The very thought of the M.G. Road Boulevard takes the Luru patriot down the road of nostalgia. And, such is the magic of this attraction that even the tourists who have witnessed the charisma of the landmark would vouch for it. I’m sure we are already running a mental showreel of the facelifts and refurbishments that the boulevard has gone through, right from the days that it served as a lush green walkway for an evening stroll to becoming a cultural hub in the city centre, today:

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The Rangoli Art Centre: The vivid Pink Bougainvillea that the avenue used to sport in its earlier days has given way to a brighter display of vines as the colours fall in place to synchronize with that of a rainbow. The thought of blending this parade of colour with the 7 musical notes imperative to Indian music, gave rise to the name of this urban public space.

Guide:

The Nagara Pete – A marketplace for fairs and bazaars that make for shopping with a twist. Specially committed to encouraging handmade artifacts sold by artisans who otherwise lack a platform.

Vismaya, Chaya & Belaku – The Three Art Galleries with an array of fine art on display.

Chilipili – An interactive play area where you can enjoy a game of snakes and ladders or use the space to play your favorite childhood game with your kids. The playground is also suited for children with special needs.

Hoovina Haadi – The upper walkway decorated by Bougainvillea that also hosts a restaurant for a quick and delicious bite.

Bayalu – An open area for outdoor performances (arrive early to get your spot up front!)

Friendship Point – Based on an ancient folklore tale, this area is dedicated to making new friends and creating memories with existing ones.

Info Wall – Dating back to 2000 years of Bangalore’s history, an interesting insight into the city’s memoirs.

Green Initiation Area – Walk through and see how many of the exotic plants you’re able to recognize!

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Spaces for artistic activities and workshops also available throughout the 500m long and 30m wide hub.

Every weekend, the centre unfolds to showcase a variety of events, activities and exhibitions that encourages city folk to explore the culture, history and creativity through visual and performing arts. A must-visit for old and new Bangaloreans, as well as visitors to the city for an outing well spent. Each trip helps you learn a little bit more about our beloved city!

Don’t miss out! Catch all the news on their upcoming events by clicking her! xx

The Purple Pony – Home décor with a collector’s flair!

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With the offbeat name that the brand carries, we knew this one was sure to exude a refreshing charm to everything that a contemporary home may need to make it a luxe affair. To equate The Purple Pony to a neighbourhood furniture store would be a peccadillo, as you walk in to realise a boutique of artifacts, handpicked to transform any living space into an extension of your personality. Right from indoor and outdoor furniture, home essentials and decorative lighting and table tops, you’re sure to find something interesting to choose from.

It is hard not to notice the storytelling that the brand does with every product that is a work of art and seasonal themes that may as well be an archive of chronicles. They always have something new in store with their creative and evolving campaigns:

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Their tiny little trinkets and curios that make for the perfect stand-out gift for any occasion. Psst – Ask in-store if they can be personalised with a message or engraving and you’ve got yourself a winner!

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One thing is for sure – at The Purple Pony, you either find something that fits your bill or you go back with a statement piece that inspires you to revamp your home!

Where: 565/1, 15th Main Road, Koramangala 4 Block, Bangalore, India 560034

Hours: Mon – Sun, 11 am to 9 pm

Contact: 080 4094 6926/info@thepurplepony.co or find them on Facebook here.

A trip down Bangalore’s memory lane with cartoonist, Paul Fernandes

Bangalore’s very own cartoonist and illustrator, Paul Fernandes, has created works of art that are true to what Bangalore used to be and the old Bangalorean vibe.

Wondering what we’re talking about?

Paul Fernandes has created a series of watercolour cartoons that portray Bangalore from the 60’s and 70’s. The series includes Bangalore’s famous landmarks that are till date famous, favourites, and popular.

His inspiration comes from his childhood as he states,” Our old house was torn down to build a set of apartments for me and my nine siblings. It was a huge house, with beautiful gardens and 40 fruit trees. When it all came tumbling down, it compelled me to look at the changing city. And I started drawing places that I remembered fondly while I was growing up.”

So let’s take a look at Bangalore from Paul Fernandes’ eyes.

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Commercial StreetPaulCommStM.G RoadPaulMGrOAD

You could visit Paul Fernandes’ gallery called Apaulogy near Richard’s Park for some colour, creativity, and of course, plenty more illustrations of old Bangalore.

#IHeartBLRDesign – Quarter House, Whitefield

Nestled among golden, sparsely populated farmlands in Whitefield, is a house which is ¾ typical modern South Indian vernacular in character and ¼ contemporary tropical brutalist architecture. This recent residential extension was designed and christened “Quarter House” by Chennai based architect Karthick Chidambaram.

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The quarter house is an epitome of Modernist Ludwig Mies van De Rohe’s work philosophy “Less is more”. Located amidst vast emptiness, that the residents weren’t expecting to have disturbed in the foreseeable future, the architect chanced on an isolated opportunity to create a space that brings the natural surroundings in direct conversation with the interior.

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Ground floor plan demonstrating the play of light and shade. 

The skin of the building was designed with Purist intentions of staying true to material character. Raw exposed shuttered concrete slabs and cement plastered walls that seamlessly flow onto plain cement floors create an almost monolithic grey shell. The solid wood sections used throughout the residence were all cut from the same log of wood, keeping the exposed natural grains consistent throughout the house. With the cold, hard concrete juxtaposing warm wood tones and clear glass filtering in natural light, it is rather remarkable to think of the warmth and contrast introduced within the space by employing only three materials!

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Large, full sized openings make the most of the serenity and near perfect weather. The architect played with three different types of windows – wooden louver shutters where privacy might be desired; swinging casement windows to access utility passages; a combination of fixed and sliding shutters that can be operated according to the amount of light and ventilation desired. These windows became the most striking feature of the structure through which two complete contrasting environments co-exist in solitude and harmony.

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Built as an extension of the daughters’ bedroom, the structure was expanded onto the terrace that the older space opened into, creating two levels, one for each daughter to be used as a study and resting space. A cantilevered wooden tread staircase connects the levels through a double height passage.

 

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A lot of the development of the design was very experimental. The designer wanted to see how invisible he could make the railings at the staircase and balconies by employing a minimal use of mild steel flats, rods and mesh sheets. Wooden planks and sections were used to frame mundane switchboards and surface mounted tube lights. Even the furniture and accent pieces were hand crafted and installed by the designer.

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78“Everything was an experiment, some worked and some could have been done better.” The quarter house is a testimony of an honest effort to craft a space that makes the most out of its context. And isn’t that what the journey towards perfection is about?

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The Whitefield Art Collective – Luru’s Largest Community Art Festival

What’s Happening?

So we’ve all read and heard the buzz around Whitefield’s newest mall VR Bengaluru (famously referred to as the Black Box on Whitefield Road by Bangaloreans), and they’ve taken it up a notch by recently announcing details of the inaugural edition of the Whitefield Art Collective! This is going to be the largest community art festival our city’s seen as it’s a month long initiative to catalyse civic pride in the heritage, art & culture that Luru’s known for.

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Right, and when is this exactly?

VR Bengaluru will launch the Whitefield Art Collective presented in association with artchutney.com on February 13, 2016 . This will be open to visitors from February 13 until March 13 2016, so you have plenty of time to fit it right in!

The Art Connect

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The mall already boasts a unique permanent art collection inspired by our city. They’ve got their courtyard rocking a huge Channapatna toys installation and their inside has a 100 ft mural depicting the history of the city. Other art includes Synergy by Dimply Menon, The Capsule by Thara Thomas and Seeds on the Left Bank of The River by Murali Cheeroth to name a few.

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Our fav displays from the sneak peek have to be Chillies & Bubblegum God by Dr. Subodh Kerker (both pictured below), keep an eye out!

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What else?

An Art Bazaar featuring affordable art and photography by emerging artists will also take place. What we’re looking forward to though, is a video installation featuring the work of eleven artists that will be screened in a pop-up lounge. 

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We absolutely heart their attempt to focus attention on the issue of environment pollution with the VR Green Project along with this launch. What’s totally awesome is that the project features an electric vehicle painted by renowned artist Farhad Hussain, in an effort to celebrate a solution that offers citizens a mobility choice that is more sustainable. What’s even more awesome is, it will be auctioned at a later date with the proceeds being donated to a non-profit organization working on sustainability. Big ups!

The Tunage

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Thalavattam will be performing live at Garden City. This is a unique percussion project that harnesses the universal power of music to inspire people to REDUCE, REUSE and RETUNE. We’re loving that they fashion their musical instruments from ‘found objects’ such as paint cans, PVC pipes etc. and mimic street drummers to create cutting edge sounds that inspire creative action for the planet. The concert is open to public and will commence at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Don’t miss it!

More Deets:

Visit their website here.

Follow them on FB here and on Instagram here.

Shop of Dreams – An art exhibit worth your while

Curious yet?

You have to check out the “Shop of Dreams” exhibit where students from the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology have collaborated with Edinburgh based artist Symon Macintyre. Together, they bring to you a mini “dream shop” which can be described as an abstract, but physical shop – a whimsical space where dreams of various forms and contexts are shared, exchanged, and experienced. These dreams could be dreams of hope and aspiration, of whimsy and fantasy, of fears and nightmares, or even of lost and relived dreams of love, regret, and nostalgia.

We definitely recommend you to pay them a visit to explore and take part in their little dream exchange! They have lots of exciting things in store, so take a look at their Facebook page here.

When: Wednesday – Thursday (16th Dec-17th Dec)

Time: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Where: Square Ruth, 13th main, Indiranagar

Image courtesy – Shop of Dreams

IHB Design Guide – The State Central Library

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The transition is almost therapeutic as you step off MG road, leaving behind a bustling metropolitan, into the verdant precincts of the Cubbon Park, strolling down paved pathways looking for a century old rotund red building christened the Sehsadri Iyer Memorial Hall or the State Central Library. It must have been deliberate to have placed a library in the heart of the city’s most prominent lung space where the visitor is eased into a mood for solitary rumination as he progresses from the madding crowd at the gates, past modest clusters of friends, couples and dog walkers as the crowd dwindles and you find yourself in a paradox of a public space where human interaction seldom reaches beyond thought and book.

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The Building, constructed in 1915 by the Mysore State PWD under the patronage of the Viceroy Lord Nathaniel Curzon follows a European style characteristic of many institutional buildings built during the British Raj. The design of the red brick structure is straight forward and symmetric with two entrance porches on stone columns flanking a two-tiered horse shoe shaped central hall. The inner tier houses the library while the administrative section is spaced in between both tiers.

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The “apse” or the rounded end of the building gracefully fans out an array of gorgeous arched windows. The teak wood frames painted dark green (a favourite colour to finish teak in back in the day) brilliantly compliment the striking red walls. These windows are the most ornamental feature, framed within tall horse shoe arches (1). Neat lines trace the arch intercepted only by column capitals (2) at the spring line (3) (the point where the curve of the arch rises from the support) with a prominent keystone (4) at the apex. The window within is dissected by a balustrade (5) running just below the spring line supported by ornamental brackets (6) that give the lower window a unique trapezoidal top (7).

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The building stands on columns (8) following the “Tuscan order” which, for the benefit of the layman, is the most solid and least ornate of the five classical column orders. The style was favoured by the British PWD as they laid down guidelines to simplify the construction of colonial public buildings by doing away with superfluous ornamentation while preserving the scale and dignity of architectural treatment.

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The Interior of the central hall reveals an uninterrupted double height space capped with a barrel vaulted roof. (Truly vintage) Industrial dome shaped lamps drop down low from the ceiling, but the main source of light is a series of clerestory windows (9) arranged atop the inner tier, streaming in soft golden rays of natural daylight. The style of the Tuscan order (10) continues with plain arches (11), wrought iron balusters (12) and simple cornice bands (13) – a language reflected again in the design of the wooden shelves (14).

The shelving system follows the horse shoe profile in 3 concentric layers which allows for continuous lines of sight across the space. A very efficient planning feature especially considering the place is a treasure trove of over 2.5 lakh books including a Braille section! The outermost layer of shelves arranged against the wall is split into two levels, the top level supported on fluted wooden columns accessed today by modern steel and glass staircases (15). But the quaintest feature is at the level below with arched nooks (16) fitted in between bookshelves with table ledges for a more private reading experience!

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There is a very interesting play of acoustics thanks to the barrel vaulted ceiling, which is normally considered an acoustic nightmare in a public space, because they tend to undesirably focus sound waves and interrupt useful sound reflections. A space of such a scale with lime plastered walls, wooden panels and floors, is considered acoustically “wet” where sound isn’t absorbed quickly and has a long reverberation time. So, even the slightest of sounds would resonate against the grand volume before getting scattered into smaller reverberations. The beauty of such a space being used as a library, is that this type of acoustic makes a person increasingly conscious of the sounds he makes encouraging one to maintain the decorum and silence befitting a place of solitude. The result: You’re standing inside a large vaulted space with its table capacity almost full. You’re delighted to pull out a copy of “Paul McCartney: A definitive biography by Chris Welch” off the arts shelf, because, what is Bangalore if you don’t find the Beatles in every nook and cranny? As you rummage through the pages you’re suddenly aware of the spontaneous rhythm generated from the only sound you hear… the soft, calming flutter of every page that’s turning.Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 10.57.04 PM

The Cubbon 5 – Introducing the statues of Bangalore’s most precious park

If you’re Bangalorean, you’ve definitely walked or driven past the stone inhabitants of Cubbon Park. You’ve been living with them in the city for years, but do you know all of them? Don’t worry, with mpmurthy’s help and epic photography, we’ve rounded up all the statues that glare down on us while we hustle and bustle!

Statue #1 – The Empress of India

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Who: Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901)
When: George Frederick Ernest Albert, Prince of Wales & Duke of Cornwall & York unveiled this statue on 5th February 1906.
Where: In a corner of the park near Mahatma Gandhi Circle.

Statue #2 – King of the United Kingdom

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Who: King Edward VII (Albert Edward; 9 November 1841 – 6 May 1910) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22 January1901 until his death in 1910.
When: Installed 1919
Where: At the North-Western point of the Queen’s park.

Statue #3 – The Namesake

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Who: Lieutenant-General Sir Mark Cubbon KCB (23 August 1775 – 23 April 1861) was a British army officer with the East India Company who became the British Commissioner of Mysore state in 1834.
When: The statue was unveiled in March 1866 by Lewin Bowring.
Where: In front of Karnataka High Court.

Statue #4 – The Maker of Modern Bangalore

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Who: Sir K. Seshadri Iyer KCIE (b.1845 – d.September 13, 1901), or Sheshadri Aiyar was an advocate who was also the second Dewan of Mysore state since the reinstation of the Wodeyar family on its throne in 1881 and was the longest serving Dewan of the princely state as well.
When: Unveiled by (then) Viceroy and Governor General, Lord Charles Baron Hardinge of Penshurst on the November 20, 1913.
Where: The staue is situated in front of the State Central Library (also called Cubbon Library)

Statue #5 – Maharaja of Mysore

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Image Courtesy: Darshik

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Who: Chama Raja Wadiyar X  (also known as Chama Rajendra Wadiyar X) was the ruling Maharaja of Mysore between 1881 and 1894. Chamaraja Wadiyar was a great patron of arts and music and a violin virtuoso himself.
When: Installed in 1927.
Where: On the way to Lavelle Road. In the central portion of the park near the tennis pavillion with a floral display and fountain in the front.

#LuruLists: Bangalore’s 10 Most Stunning Structures!

1. Indian Institute of Management – Designed by the architectural genius himself B.V. Doshi, this iconic structure is almost a pilgrimage to present/aspiring students alike.

This design follows the ‘no divides, no doors’ policy and hence, conserves energy – human and mechanical, optimises technology and adopts innovative ways of building by using alternative materials. The best part about this campus, is how the landscaping, inspired by the courtyards and gardens of Fatehpur Sikri, effortlessly merges with all the concrete as though they were meant to be.

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2. Sri Sai Spiritual Centre – This aesthetically pleasing temple designed by acclaimed Architect Sanjay Mohe of Mindspace Architects makes the visitor go through a process of experiencing all their five senses of smell, touch, sound, vision and taste.

It makes you experience a smooth transition from outside to inside, light to dark, warm to cold, porous to dense, from the noise of traffic to the calm inside all accentuated by the sound of bells and fragrance of flowers.

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3. National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) – This beautiful gallery functioning in the all-white Manikyavelu mansion on Palace Road houses approximately 500 exhibits that are spread across a corridor, tiny rooms and large spacious halls spanning within two floors. The lovely lawns and water features provide the art inside, stunning surroundings.

The art, classified according to different time periods, art schools and by artists – showcases artists such as Raja Ravi VermaJamini RoyAmrita Sher-Gil, the Tagore brothers, Rabindranath Tagore and a large number of contemporary artists as well.

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4. World Trade Center – One look at the picture, and you know why this Brigade Group building features on our list.

In addition to its snazzy all-glass facade and funky curve, what adds to the cool quotient is the surrounding landscaping & the super awesome bars, restaurants, lounges and shopping in the vicinity.

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5. Oracle Financial Services Software – Previously known as i-Flex Park, this concrete beauty designed by DSP Design Associates pvt ltd., is one of the only buildings in India to have unique cantilever construction plus several energy saving measures including special provisions for natural light. Basically, no need for artificial lighting! Pretty cool we think!

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6. Vidhana Soudha – The seat of Karnataka legislature, this building is the largest legislative building in India. It follows a Neo-Dravidian style and was conceptualised under Kengal Hanumanthaiah our second Chief Minister.

With it’s massive central dome crowned by the likeness of the Indian emblem, this structure stands tall with a bold inscription at the entrance telling every passer by that ‘Government’s Work is God’s Work.’

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7. Vivanta by Taj, Whitefield – Designed by WOW Architects & Warner Wong Design, this contemporary building screams out chic in bursts of earthy colours. Its ultra-modern glass exterior with multi-level landscaping makes this a must-visit hotel for the design passionate.

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8. Maitreya-Buddha Pyramid – The world’s first & largest pyramid solely built for meditation can accommodate 5000 people and is fitted inside with over 600 natural Himalayan crystals to amplify the Pyramid energy. It’s geometric design collects, radiates, and stores cosmic energy and hence helps reduce stress levels and tension in the physical body!

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9.Karnataka High Court – This Graeco-Roman building is hard to miss amidst the beautiful Cubbon Park because of it’s eye-catching red and it’s infinite Ionic columns.

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10. The Bangalore Palace – The Maharaja of Mysore’s family home, this Gothic structure with it’s signature creepers half-way up stands the test of time. It’s equally palatial grounds have seen the likes of Elton JohnDeep PurpleThe Rolling StonesGuns N’ RosesMetallicaLudacris & Flo Rida to name a few.

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Who’s The Tallest of Them All?

We were recently asked, “Which is the tallest building in Bangalore” and we had absolutely no clue. We think it’s about time we all stopped knowing the name of the tallest building in New York City before our very own B-Town. So here goes…

1) World Trade Center Bangalore

The Deets:

  • Tall? – 420 ft (128m)
  • Floors? – 32
  • Where? – Dr. Rajkumar Roadd, Subramanyanagar, Bangalore.

2) UB Tower

The Deets:

  • Tall? – 420 ft (128m)
  • Floors? – 19
  • Where? – UB City, # 24, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore

3) Concorde Tower

The Deets:

  • Tall? – 377 ft (115m)
  • Floors? – 19
  • Where? – UB City, #1 Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore

…and so now you know. x