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Signs of our times # 2364

090820091478Saw this sign the other day, in front of Thom’s Supermarket, Promenade Road. The sign is located well above eye level – at the top of a wall, that must be close to 12 feet high.  (I had to shoot this picture from across the road and crop it to make it readable.)

Easily the most boring sign I have seen in the city, but it seems to have done its job.  Wasn’t greeted with foul smells when I parked.

“Places I Like”: Photo Exhibition at Max Mueller Bhavan

Places I Like
From a workshop by Stefan Koppelkamm
Photo Exhibition

17 – 29.08.2009, 9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan

Inauguration on 14.08.2008, 6.30 p.m.
All are welcome!

The objective of the intensive 3-week workshop for Bangalore photo enthusiasts, conducted by German photographer Stefan Koppelkamm, whose exhibition Ortszeit/Local Time has just concluded at the Bhavan, was to define the personal criteria that determine the “quality of life” in a city. The focus was more on the routine and normal, rather than the unusual. Social aspects of the city (neighbourliness, the presence of smaller stores and cottage industries, etc.) that are not immediately discernible to outsiders were more important than outstanding architecture or excellent design.

The 15 participants – a mix of professional and amateur photographers – started their field work in the last week of July trying to visualise the intrinsic qualities of “their” places. In the second part of the workshop the group discussed the different projects and made their selection for the exhibition.

The places portrayed in this exhibition are as diverse as the city itself: They include bustling markets or shopping centres such as Russell Market or Avenue Road, secluded and peaceful areas such as the Mughal Fort and the Someshwara Temple in Ulsoor, Charles Correa’s Bimanagar township from the early ’70s and the L&T South City, a recent project on the periphery of the city which is contrasted by quarters like Malleswaram or Cooke Town, where the architectural heritage is threatened by land speculation and the building of freeways. Two of the photographers portray their favourite hangouts, one a small café in Indiranagar, the second one the famous Koshy’s in St. Marks Road.

For more details, visit

http://www.goethe.de/ins/in/bag/kue/en4905386v.htm

In the case of Avenue Road which is actually threatened by plans to widen the road, the exhibition might hopefully be a strong visual argument against the destruction of this unique architectural and socio-economic ensemble.

Featuring photos by:
Aniruddha Ghosh
Apurva Mathad
Archana Venson
Arnab Dey
Dayaprasad Kulkarni
Deepti Jois
Jyothy Karat
Kusum Dhar Prabhu
Mallikarjun Katakol
Peeyush Sekhsaria
Rahil Arora
Rajeev Malagi
Rajesh Pandey
Ravi Shankar Kolara
Swarna Kumarswamy

Assam & Arunachal naturalists trip

T Nature Club is pleased to announce its winter trail to a beautiful region of the North East India… Namdapha.

Dibru-Saikhowa is a biosphere reserve. This little known site, is one of the biodiversity hot spots situated in the south bank of the river Brahmaputra. It is located in the alluvial flood plains of the Brahmaputra. Fashioned by nature – earthquakes and ever changing water courses it has numerous island pockets and water bodies providing an unusual habitat for varied wildlife
and aqua fauna and avifauna.

Contained between the Debang, Lohit & the Great Brahmaputra rivers,the 340 sq Kms reserve was set up with a view to protecting the grass land and swamp habitat. Its internal water channels & bodies,seasonally flooded forests, “beels”, and grassy pockets, makes it an interesting birding destination for rare specialized grass land and swamp forest birds such as the threatened Marsh Babbler, Jerdon’s Babbler, Black throated Parrotbill, Rufous-vented( swamp) Prinia, and Jerdons Bushcat. You can also spot altitudinal migrants such as Pale-capped pigeon, White-tailed Rubythroat,and Black – breasted Thrush, and various warblers. More than 300 species have been recorded.
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Celebrations of World Heritage Day in Bangalore by INTACH, 18th March 2009

Saturday, April 18th, 2009, is World Heritage Day, a day to celebrate the diversity of the world’s heritage, especially its monuments and sites. To celebrate our city’s rich heritage on this important day, a number of organisations have partnered to give you a full calendar day of exciting events.

*Photo Exhibition *on Bangalore’s cultural heritage by Bangalore Weekend Shoots*. *

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 am Venue: Cubbon Park Bandstand

Time: 7:00 am- 9:00 am Venue: Lalbagh Bandstand

Time: 10:30 am – 7:30 pm Venue: Bangalore Fort.

*INTACH Parichay* (heritage walk) (In Kannada) led by Dr.S.K.Aruni

Time: 8:30 – 11:00 am; Venue: Tipu Palace, Bangalore Fort and its vicinity.

For Registration contact: Meera (99860 23014)

Heritage Hunts, by Bangalore City Project, explore the city, solve some clues and you just might win a prize.

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm; Venues: Gavipuram, Malleswaram and Whitefield.

For further details check www.bcp.wikidot.com
or call Krupa (99721 14110)

*Cultural Programme* including a talk on Bangalore’s heritage by author Vikram Sampath, release of a set of postcards on Bangalore’s heritage, and light music by Vijay Havanur.

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Venue: Bangalore Fort

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Sunday Evening @Lalbagh

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More than light, music and action of over 300 folk artists from 28 districts, classical elements and one concept – ‘the fight against casteism ’, that was the show at Lalbagh last evening taking the audience through a journey of human evolution with a depiction of the cause of the casteism. To help large Audience to enjoy the show it was seated on the huge rock face in Lalbagh ….

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The show organized by the department of Information is directed by Vishwakumar and scripted by K Ramaiahm- Lakshmipati Kola and K Y Narayanawamy and music was by Hamsalekha….

The Importance of Being Earnest: Oscar Wilde Play Staged by Evam, 25 Dec 2008, Chowdiah Memorial Hall

Evam is a talented young theatre group from Chennai, and “The Importance of Being Earnest” was their first home production. They staged two shows at Chowdiah Memorial Hall on Christmas Day.

For the plot and other details of the play,
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is the Wikipaedia link.

Here’s the cast taking a bow after the matinee performance:

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Views from your backyard

A friend of ours has just moved to a place near Hosur and I guess you
can see why. There’s a picturesque lake skirting his backyard.

Just imagine, a place to call home, with a lake attached.
Straight out of a dream sequence.

I didn’t have my regular camera with me and these pictures were taken with
my N72. Not bad at all.

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Stop and stare

Was passing through Indiranagar the other day and found this immaculately maintained
Royal Enfield. The customizing done on the paint job and seating only add to its appeal.
Makes you want to just kick-start the bike and take it for a chakkar.

Photowalk Down Residency Road

On August 23rd, people in 192 cities around the world will go on a “photo walk” apparently to celebrate the launch of some book. Yes…it hardly sounds like a worthwhile reason to expend energy on a Saturday morning, but look at it this way… it’s just cool that the whole world will come together under a few common flickr tags that day. So if you’d like to know more about this event and register for it, please visit:

http://www.photoshopuser.com/photowalk/city/bangalore.html

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What’s the significance?

At the Karnataka Road Transport Corporation bus stand last week, I noticed this strange sight:

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The pot was not there to provide a home for birds (in fact, I would say that pigeons and crows rate as pests and are not encouraged there) and it was upended in a net, so that the opening of the pot faced down. I could not find anyone who could give me a reason why it was suspended from the roof of the bus station. Any explanations, anyone?

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