REVELLING IN GLORIOUS HISTORICAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE THROUGH A VISIT TO BANGALORE PALACE
The students of Post Graduate Diploma in Fashion Design and Business Management, September’ 19 batch had visited Bangalore Place and Museum on 3rd Dec 19 as a part of their Module Art and Costume Appreciation visit with their faculty Ms. Nitika Sharma. JD Institute of Fashion Technology Bangalore has been thoughtful in providing a visit that was filled with learning and information.
The Purpose of this visit was to understand the Art and Architecture of the middle, Victorian era. The palace was built by Chama Rajendra Wadiyar in 1878. It features wooden interior with beautiful wooden carvings, floral motif and surrounded by a garden. The architecture consists of a Mix of Tudor and Gothic style and inspiration is drawn from Windsor Castle of London. The furniture present is in Victorian, Edwardian and Neo-Classical style. On the ground floor, there is a Granite seat with decorated blue ceramic tiles, pillars, arches and luxurious chandeliers.
The first floor is adorned by many paintings from the 19th and the 20th century which include works by Raja Ravi Varma, one of India’s most famous painters. A collection of photos of different generations of Wadiyar dynasty along with the progress of Bangalore over the years has been placed on the walls. The Antiques were displayed inside the palace like for instance, the elephant leg view, various metal artefacts etc. The audio tour is available in English and Hindi for the public. The Durbar hall – where the King used to address the assembly has a massive elephant head mounted on it and the hall contains stained glass windows in Gothic style. The walls are beautifully painted in yellow with intrinsic carvings on it.
Overall the visit was extremely informative, and the students were exposed to aesthetic and historic designs and patterns.