Each year, the calendar in Bengaluru—also known as Bangalore—gets filled with myriad events, such as the Queer Film Festival (February), the Bangalore Literature Festival (September), midnight marathon (December 13 this year) and the Attakkalari
Biennial (a South Asian festival of contemporary dance,
slated for January–February 2015). However, the city offers
plenty to experience and relish year-round.
A Taste of Green
Once known as the Garden City, Bengaluru’s open spaces are an
endangered lot today. For a bit of fresh air, head to Lalbagh, a
Mughal-style garden, and Cubbon Park, a very English creation.
For botany enthusiasts, Lalbagh is a wondrous place: It showcases plants that 18th-century ruler Tipu Sultan sourced from across
the world. If ferns and ficus are your thing, sign up for a Sunday
morning walk through the park with Vijay Thiruvady (
bangalore-walks.com). Instagram yourself in front of the 3,000-million-year
“Lalbagh Rock,” a mammoth example of the metamorphic stuff
that makes up the earth. Just across from the JW MARRIOTT
BENGALURU, Cubbon Park, with its shade trees, walkers’ trails
and play areas, is a perfect place for a morning run.
Arts and Crafts
Bengaluru also has a thriving cultural circuit. For aficionados
of Indian classical arts, there’s Nrityagram ( nrityagram.org),
a commune of dancers who will put up a private show for
audiences of ten. If drama is in your blood, check the schedules at Ranga Shankara (36/2 8th Cross, II Phase, JP Nagar),
Bengaluru’s most-loved theater, which has a play a day.
You could also head to one of the city’s many art galleries.
The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (Kumara Krupa Road)
has multiple galleries of folk art, traditional Mysore art and
gems from the Bengal school. Gallery Ske ( 2, Berlie Street,
Langford Town), located in a charming monkey-top building, features leading contemporary Indian artists such as
Bharti Kher, Sudarshan Shetty and Sheela Gowda. Kynkyny
(148, Infantry Road) backs promising young artists. Very different from all of these, capturing the essence of Bengaluru
in the 1960s and ’70s, is Apaulogy ( 15, Clarke Road), a collection of artist Paul Fernandes’ witty city art.
For a sartorial souvenir, try Tailorman ( tailorman.com),
which creates bespoke suits and couriers them anywhere in
the world within 17 days. If it’s giftables you’re looking for,
visit Raintree ( 4, High Grounds, Sankey Road), a lifestyle
ROCK AND ST YLE
A hike up the Lalbagh
Rock (above) is a must for
visitors to Bengaluru; get
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at bespoke Tailorman
Best known as the Silicon Valley of India,
this city is also a magnet for new-generation
businesses, social sector start-ups
and experimental-living practitioners.
BY SUMANA MUKHERJEE