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Bengaluru Fantastic, a tech + art event at Rangoli Metro Art Center, MG Road

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An overcast sky. Devoid of the golden hour glow. Alumni engaged in a game of volleyball. Across the grounds, cricket, football, mostly cricket. Pedestal with a flag pole. Two girls studying, sitting on the steps. In uniforms, its shade, zaffre. At the back, a building in ruins. Possibly an anglo-vernacular school, they say. Chipping cream paint. Beneath it, its original apple red. Crumbling structure. More empty space than walls. A black cat freezes. The green looks greener. Inside the main building, the top floor is abandoned. Dust-coated broken benches. Cobwebs heavy with grime. Shafts of light beam through glass. High roofs. An overlap of european and vernacular elements.

The Façade

The Interiors

The Ruins

Fort High School, Photographic Documentation of Historic Buildings, a workshop by INTACH Bangalore

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A heritage site, the Bhoga Nandishwara temple is a Shiva temple at the foothills of Nandi Hills. The original temple dates back to the 9th century. There are numerous granite nandi (bull) idols here, sacred to Shiva as it was his choice of transport. Since it was first built, the temple complex has seen renovations made by ruling dynasties.

The temple complex follows a Dravidian style of architecture. So you’ll see sandstone pillars, temples, relief carvings, mantapas (outdoor halls, a kind of gazebo, where dances, music, and festivities were hosted), and dhwaja stambas (high pillars that are believed to protect temples from lightning apart from carrying a religious significance).

A highlight is the large kalyani (pool). The water is a startling green against the grey-beige symmetry of steps descending into it. Some say it is rain water that collects here; others that it is fed by an underground river, and could be the origin of the Dakshina Pinakini river.

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