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Urban Sketching: Siddhaih Road, Bangalore

The Urban Sketchers Bengaluru meet in the first week of August was all about automobile repair shops. We met across  Urvashi Theater. A relic from the single screen theater era, this theater was famous for its great sound system. K. C. Nanjunde Gowda, a film producer and prominent businessman of Karnataka, constructed it during the 1970s. Before multiplexes became popular, this was a hep place where college students would hang-out.

We walked along the Siddhaih Road and found a nook where we could gather and sketch. The turnout was very good with some newcomers and a guest from Portugal. We also had a few goats who ambled around quite comfortable being sketched!

I tried my hand at a perspective sketch followed by a quick sketch of an interesting shop decorated with yellow car parts.  Some curious passersby stopped to look at what we were doing. They seemed baffled that we would hang around sketching just for the heck of it. A shop owner asked me to sketch his shop as well and was kind enough to even offer a chair! Unfortunately, after these two sketches, I was all sketched-out and couldn’t do one of his shop.

Pace of life here is a study in contrast, with the heavy traffic and bustle on the roads and the shop owners who seem quite laidback. If one looks closely, it is easy to make out the signs of the erstwhile cantonment town.




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