A picture may be worth a thousand words, but even then you would need more than a few handfuls to tell the story of a city like Bengaluru. Old, beautiful, historic and vibrant, the city is like any other in India, and like no other in India. Events and times that rolled over the entire country mixed with the distinct lenses of the city, giving rise to its own characteristic moments. Some of these were captures by cameras old and new, and here are some glimpses of some moments of the city.
Bangalore Palace, Photographed in 1894
The Tudor style palace with its fortifications, turrets, vintage furniture and interior designs was so stunning that it was almost possible to forget that it was yet another reminder of the colonial forces in India, and be admired only for the graceful lifestyle that it entailed.
State Central Library, Photographed in 2014
For more than a century, the library and its bright red color have been a symbol of Bengaluru and its leanings towards academia and literature. The peaceful atmosphere is not just conducive to heavy reading, but also for a break from the pace of the metropolitan city.
Town Hall, Photographed around 1940
This photo is not so much about the Neoclassical building, as beautiful as it is. It is more about the open skies and empty spaces, slowly filled by bricks, mortar and people. If you look at a photo of the Hall today, it looks like just another building in the array, and not the centre piece.
World Trade Centre, Photographed in 2012
Highlight of a modern, metropolitan cluster, the building and the culture around it blasts out in visual images the ideals of capitalism, night fun, and the good life. It is an important connection that Bengaluru, and India, has with the globalized world.
Indian Institute of Science, Photographed in 1950
When Jamsetji Tata had a vision of providing world class scientific education to Indian students, his eyes turned to Bengaluru. A chance meeting on a ship with Swami Vivekananda turned the vision into a reality which many aspire to incorporate into their lives even today.
UB City, Photographed in 2015
Four towers full of apartments, commercial outlets and the aura of high-end living make up the UB City. It projects as the epitome of integrated living in a modern city with everything at your doorstep, and your doorstep leading out to everything.
HAL Airport, Photographed in 1947
Once upon a time, all you needed to fly was a plane that you could drag about, minimal lessons, someone on the ground to help you land safely, and a fair amount of a daredevil attitude. The airport saw many firsts of aviation, but was could not keep up with the flow of traffic, leading to the building of another airport.
Cubbon Park, Photographed in 2004
The roots of Bengaluru as a garden city started with the beautification process for the Silver Jubilee celebrations of a Princely Ruler. Though the Park keeps changing names over history, the tall green trees stand the same, as they have for nearly two centuries.
Map Of Bangalore, 1924
Almost all colonial cities were divided into the British army occupied cantonment areas and the old city, where the native population lived. It is easy to pick out the highlights from this map, which gives a glimpse of what was worth noting, and what not.
Aerial View of Bengaluru at Night, Photographed 2014
Bengaluru now, the city continues to be that amalgamation of the old and new, colonial and desi, modern and traditional, and progressive and conservative that is no staple to us Indians, but so unique to those around us.