Category Archives: Art & Culture

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Bengaluru beats “Silicon Valley” has the most dynamic city in the world

Bengaluru has been ranked the most dynamic city in the world, as per the City Momentum Index-2017 released by Jones Lang LaSalle, a real estate services firm. The report, which is being discussed at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, places Bengaluru at the top spot, followed by Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam […]

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Bengaluru’s annual Avarekai Mela is a super hit

Bengaluru’s inextricable relationship with avarekai — broad beans — is evident from the fact that the etymology of the city’s name is ‘Town of the Boiled Beans’. If you need proof that its residents love it, head over to the Avarekai Mela at the Food Street in VV Puram, near Sajjan Rao Circle in South […]

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Chitra Santhe is back on the 1st Sunday of 2016

Chitra Santhe 2016 is back. And this time, it will be bigger and better. So say the masterminds of this grand art festival organised by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (CKP) on its grounds annually. This Santhe will be held on Sunday, January 3rd between 9am and 8pm. With the theme, ‘Art for all’, the ninth edition […]

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Performing artists choose public spaces to reach common man in Bengaluru

Theatre in a music venue,  art in a metro station, music bands performing in malls — performers and artists are engaging with public spaces in Bengaluru to reach out to a larger audience Over the last few years, artists, institutes and theatre practitioners have taken their work out of mainstream spaces and into unconventional venues, […]

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The first ever newspaper in Kannada was published by a German

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the city has the German community enthused. Although not many Germans live in the city as compared to other expats, they do have a major presence. Expats who live and work here love the culture and the opportunities to meet new people and explore several holiday destinations in and around […]

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Ganesha Chaturthi

Most of us are very well acquainted with the chubby, ever smiling, potbellied little image, affectionately called the Ganapati. Sometimes sitting in front of a huge pile of his beloved ladoos, sometimes lying down in a leisurely manner and sometimes simply perching on his “vahan”, the loyal mouse, lord Ganesha has carved his own niche […]

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After crocodile, now anaconda scaring people on Bangalore streets

Just when a crocodile on Bengaluru streets was not enough to scare people and get their attention towards civic issues in the city, the Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF), a group working for the betterment of the city,  planted an anaconda into a pothole. The huge and scary anaconda can be seen slithering up a water-filled […]

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Public Art of Bengaluru

The city has a robust artistic community, who, through public art have raised questions on infrastructure and social issues The power of public art was recently proved by visual artiste, Baadal Nanjundaswamy. His installation of a life-sized crocodile on a gaping pot hole at Sulthanplaya Main Road, was a searing statement against the authorities for […]

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Bengaluru name & its secrets etched on 9th century stone

The 1,125-year-old veeragallu that leans against a compound wall in the Naganatheshwara (Shiva) temple in Begur, is testament to the fact that this city existed since the 9th Century and was called Bengaluru. This, along with 14 other veeragallu (hero stone), which are timeless pieces of history, were to be moved to the city museum […]

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It’s raining concerts in Bengaluru this January

If December marks the famed “Madras music season”, it appears like Bengaluru is fast catching up, if the trend this year is anything to go by. Nearly 120 classical Carnatic music and dance recitals are scheduled in January, apart from several other chamber music concerts. It seems the perfect time to catch up with the […]

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Kadlekai Parishe-Groundnut festival

Kadlekai Parishe or  Groundnut festival, is one of the city’s oldest cultural events, that takes place on the last Monday of the karthikaa month on the Bull Temple road in Basavangudi. In the 16th century, it started off as a festival wherein the farmers from the surrounding areas offered their produce of groundnuts to the […]

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Navarathri & Dasera

Dasara or Navarathri is a nine-day celebration of the victory of good over evil symbolized by the destruction of the tyrant king Mahisha at the hands of Goddess Durga, in the incarnation of Chamundeshwari. Though the tyrant king was killed, his city still bears his name – Mahishana Uru or Mysooru. Though the origin of […]

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Christmas in Bengaluru

There is love true love, and the heart goes round, When the Lord to Bethany came…., It’s a happy happy day and the golden timesWhen the Lord to Bethany came…..” The above lines resonant every where and everyone would be greeting each other by saying Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas, i.e. 25th of December every year, […]

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India is a land of festivals and traditions. Festivals are a way of life in India. Of late, the city streets ofShivajinagar are crowded in the evenings. One can see a lot of women in colourful ‘burkhas’crowding around bangles marts and clothes stores, purchasing gift items and gearing up for‘Id-ul-Fitr’. Many tiny tots are also […]

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Basava Jayanthi

Karnataka celebrates ‘Basava Jayanthi Utsav’ in memory of Basaveswara the great 12th century social reformer. He was a minister of a local king, but he devoted his life for the upliftment of the oppressed lower castes. He worked against the community discrimination like untouchability. He hailed from Bagewaadi, Bijapur in North Karnataka. He was the […]

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Shivaratri

As the name suggests the deity worshipped during Shivaratri is Lord Shiva. The appeal of Shiva, worshipped in the form of Linga has been strong and persistent among all sections of society. Unlike most of the festivals celebrated during day, Shivaratri is special in the night because Shiva saved the universe from darkness and ignorance. […]

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KARAGA

The unique Karaga festival held annually is a procession that meanders through the heart of old Bangalore city, carrying the special jasmine decked earthen pot, visiting many temples on the way and returning back to the Dharmaraya temple before sunrise. Karagameans jasmine-decked earthen pot (that is, Kalasa which means Crown). Devotees believe that the holy […]

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Makara Sankranti

It’s Sankranti –– Greet with Sweet – Eat sweet, Talk sweet and be Sweet India is a land of festivals and fairs. Every day of the year there is a festival celebrated in some part of the country. Some festivals welcome the seasons of the year, the harvest, the rains, or the full moon. Others celebrate […]

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Yakshagana

Yakshagana is one of the oldest – traditional and popular vernacular dance forms of Karnataka. Yakshagana  is a combination of dance, music, spoken word, costume-makeup and stage technique. Research by experts places the origin of Yakshagana to the period between the11th and 16th Century. The dance-drama is similar to the Kathakali of Kerala. The themes […]

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Festivals

Karnataka’s millennia-long tryst with royalty has left an indelible mark on its celebrations. There’s nothing understated about the way Karnataka celebrates. Revelry that’s complete in every way, with dance, music, great food and a riot of colours is a tradition here. From remembering the glorious past with art, music and poetry like the Hampi Festival […]

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