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Museums of Bangalore: Indian Musical Experience

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Watch the video here:  https://youtu.be/xuSdTK4XeoI Overview: I thought Bangalore just had 2-3 museums which are well known until a few years ago, but a little research opened up my thoughts as I discovered several museums within the city. I have decided to visit all the museums in the city and document those.  The first one on the list is the Indian Musical Experience in JP Nagar 7th phase. This beautiful museum is dedicated to the evolution and science behind different forms of music from traditional to contemporary.  As we enter the museum, in the inner courtyard, we can see a sound garden, where we can learn about the sounds created from natural things like wood, stones, and metals. We can try our hand in generating music as well. This area is well enjoyed by both adults and children. We then get inside the museum and the experience starts from the 3rd floor, where we are shown a small animated movie with different types of sound created by nature. From there we enter an interacti

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta: Visiting the Magical Hills

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Overview: Everyone knows that Himavad Gopalaswamy betta casts a spell on anyone visiting during monsoons and in cloudy conditions. But I wanted to check if it still retains the beauty in the summers. And I must tell you that we were not disappointed. It was warm and sunny till Bandipur. But as soon as our vehicle started climbing the hill, cool breeze started blowing welcoming us to the hills. On reaching the top of the hill, we realized that its not for nothing that this place is called Himavad Gopalaswamy betta. We could see mist surrounding the entire hill range in the middle of the day in summer. We went to the Gopalaswamy temple which was built in the 13th century by the Hoysalas and later renovated by the Wodeyars. The carvings on the walls and the sculptors are worth admiring and the temple looks divine. After visiting the temple, we came out and explored the magical hills. Though our soul was not permitting us to leave the place, with a heavy heart, we started back on our re