Showing posts from January, 2020

Museums of Bangalore: Indian Musical Experience

Watch the video here: 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

Murals of Kerala

Overview: Kerala has produced one of the best frescoes and mural wall paintings in India during the ancient and medieval period, which can still be seen in many temples and palaces in the state. The moment one enters the inner courtyard of any old temple, the beautiful murals can be seen on the walls depicting scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. These paintings were encouraged by various rulers in the Malabar and the Travancore regions. While Guruvayur and Ananthapadmanabhaswamy temples are more popular, the other smaller, but historically important temples are often missed by the visitors. The paintings date anywhere between the 8th century to 18th century. Unfortunately, photography is prohibited in most of the temples, we were able to take some pictures with permission from the authorities. The temple at Ettumanoor, known for its fine fresco of Pradosha Nrithyam, is also the place where Adi Shankaracharya composed Soundarya Lahiri. The mural art was later adopted in th

Rewind 2019

I have been a bit lazy in publishing posts this year, however, has been a very busy year when it came to travel and exploring. Following are the highlights of 2019: Jan: Visited a few Hoysala temples in Tumkur district in the villages of Nittur, Settikere, Tumkur Town, Pankajanahalli and Belagur. Also in Jan we visited the northern Karnataka district of Yadgir, and explored a bird sanctuary, prehistoric sites and ancient temples. TheLightBaggage TheLightBaggage Feb: No travel Mar: With 3 trips in March, started off with a quick trip to Banavasi, where we explored the ancient capital of the Kadambas, and also witnessed the local craftsmen in the village, while experiencing the great hospitality by Kiran from Outdoorworld. The following week we went to Hyderabad for a friend's wedding. Managing time, we visited the Kakatiya capital of Warangal and a few heritage sites in Hyderabad and around like Keesaragutta. The 2nd half of March took us to the North-Eastern