India Foundation for the Arts conducted curated walks in Bangalore city, as part of Project 560, 2015, beginning in August 2015 and continuing up to March 2016.
Bangalore has always been a cosmopolitan city which has embraced diverse artistic expressions. Its rich tapestry of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, photography and filmmaking practices across time periods have deeply influenced and enriched the city’s cultural fabric. Home to scores of artists, Bangalore has an artistic exuberance that continues to be nurtured by its arts spaces, institutions and even entire neighbourhoods. There are stories galore, waiting to be shared about Bangalore and the arts.
Project 560, 2015 aims to create a space for these stories to be told through curated walks, conducted by the citizens, for the citizens. These were essentially Arts Walks that explore broad themes like Bangalore’s artistic traditions/ artistic practices; artist biographies revolving around an artist’s life and works; neighbourhoods that have nurtured the arts; arts spaces such as music halls, theatres, cinemas halls, film studios; arts institutions; public sculptures and installations; architecture, etc.
Exploring MG Road with Avehi Menon and Archit Guha from the Centre for Public History (CPH) at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Exploring Ulsoor with Prof Sathya Prakash Varanashi,Convenor of INTACH (Indian Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage)
Exploring Malleswaram with Dr J Sreenivasa Murthy, professor at MES College
Exploring Hanumantha Nagar with Suresh Moona, noted historian and chronicler of Bangalore's past