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Bangalore's Best Events and Festivals in Summer 2014

Bangalore's Best Events and Festivals in Summer 2014

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Bangalore, also known as Garden city, is the third largest city in India and is considered to be a hub of education, research and IT innovations, a true ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Located in the South Indian state of Karnataka, Bangalore charms its guests with a pleasant weather all year round, lovely green parks and lush playgrounds and a peculiar mixture of ancient temples, British architecture and modern skyscrapers. Here are the best art and culture events in Bangalore this summer.

Art | Masters Signed Prints and Serigraphs

16 February – 7 July

In its exhibition Masters Signed Prints and Serigraphs, the contemporary art gallery Galerie Sara Arakkal showcases the best of signed prints, reproductions on canvas and signed serigraphs of the works of various contemporary Indian artists, including well established and renowned masters such as MF Hussain, Jehangir Sabawala, Tyeb Mehta and Sadanand Bakre, among others. The gallery, established in 2003, holds regular art exhibitions and workshops with eminent and emerging artists alike, yet its main focus is to promote new talents and female artists from South India at the international art symposiums and fora.

Galerie Sara Arakkal, 156, 4th Main, BEML Layout, Bangalore, India, +91 80 4116 2622

Film | Swabhawa Film Nights

4 – 17 July

Swabhava Film Nights, organised by the Swabhava Trust, a charity working with sexual minorities, and dealing with issues of sexual health and human sexuality, will feature a variety of queer films from all over the world, including feature films, short films and documentaries. Swabhava Film Nights provide a fantastic opportunity to discover and see the latest, most entertaining and inspiring films on LGTBIQ issues, usually unavailable at local cinemas. The movies are usually followed by the discussion with the audience on LGTB rights and provides a great insight of the issues faced by this rather lesser-known and subjected community in India.

Swabhava Trust, 4th Floor, MS Plaza, 4th Main Road, Bangalore, India, +91 80 2223 0959


Art | Divine Drama

21 June – 19 July

In the exhibition Divine Drama, the Kynkyny Art Gallery features two of Hyderabad’s leading contemporary artists, Sachin Jaltare and Ramesh Gorjala. In their mixed media works, both artists explore the ancient South Asian myths and legends, and religious iconography of gods and goddesses, providing original and contemporary interpretation on the relations between divine and human. The exhibition examines the concepts of divine love, god and creation. Kynkyny Art gallery, established in 2004, promotes emerging and established artists across different styles and media in contemporary fine art, as well as provides professional advice, consulting and expertise for art buyers and collectors.

Kynkyny Art Gallery, 104 Embassy Square, 148 Infantry Road, Bangalore, India, +91 80 40926202


Installation view of Kynkyny Art Gallery | Courtesy of Kynkyny Art Gallery
Installation view of Kynkyny Art Gallery | Courtesy of Kynkyny Art Gallery

Art | Exhibition of Vintage Photographs of Raja Deen Dayal

21 June – 20 July

National Gallery of Modern Art of Bengaluru presents an unique exhibition of the photography, glass plate negatives, work equipment and even studio furniture of the legendary 19th century photographer and artist Raja Lala Deen Dayal. The gallery displays an extraordinary collection of photographs, ranging from landscapes to portraits of royalty. Raja Deen Dayal masterfully depicted the realities of his own time, covering a variety of subjects from the British rule and Indian royalty to architectural heritage and the life of common man in 19th century India, thus offering a fascinating insight into the past. The exhibition looks at the personality and life of the famous photographer, whilst at the same time being broadly divided in three parts, depending on the subject matter of the photography such as places, people and events.

National Gallery of Modern Art, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore, India, +91 080 2234 2338


Film | Israeli Film Festival

15 – 21 July

Organised by the Israeli consulate together with Suchitra Film Society, the Israeli Film Festival will feature nine different screenings of the latest Israeli films, including such critically acclaimed films as the entertaining and moving Bonjour Monsieru Shlomi and Footnote, nominated for the Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Film in 2012. All films will be shown on weekday evenings at various venues across the city, namely, the Alliance Française de Bangalore, Bangalore International Centre and gallery 1ShantiRoad. The festival will kick off with 5 Hours from Paris, a romantic comedy, premiered as an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009 and conclude with the latest of the Israeli movies Album 61, released in 2013.

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, PO 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar,
Bangalore, India, +91 80 4080 8181

Bangalore International Centre, 4th Main Road, Bangalore, India, +91 80 2535 9680

Gallery “1ShantiRoad”, 1 Shanti Road, Bangalore, India, +91 098 80 227706

Culture | Tour de France in Bangalore

5 – 27 July

To mark the iconic Tour de France competition, the Alliance Française de Bangalore, together with Specialised Concept Store, will launch a series of the activities all over the city. Starting from the 5th of July and in the course of following three weeks, the activities will comprise a variety of games and numerous screenings of the Tour de France, as well as two cycling competitions, 20km and 100km respectively, throughout the city. This year, the Tour de France will celebrate its 101st anniversary. The extraordinary cycling competition, starting in the UK and going through Belgium, France and Spain, is made from 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,664km.

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, PO 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar,
Bangalore, India, +91 80 4080 8181


Culture | Varamahalakshmi


Varamahalakshmi, also known as Lakshmi Puja, is celebrated in the month of August, and is particularly popular in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The festivity, dating back to the Vedic age, celebrates the Goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu and the goddess of wealth, love and prosperity. The Puja or prayer ritual is mainly performed by the married women, who through the offerings of sweets and garlands, aim to ensure the prosperity and happiness of their husband, children and family. The statue of deity is often dressed in sari and decorated with flowers and jewelry. After the prayer, the women will ornate at least five other married women with a red pigment, known as vermillion or kumkum.

All over Bangalore.

Film | Bangalore International Short Film Festival

22 – 24 August

The 4th annual Bangalore International Short Film Festival, organised by Suchitra Film Society, will present a variety of short films from all over the world. It also offers a great opportunity for students and professional film makers to participate in a global short film competition, with this years running theme named fiction. The three-day long festival will not only showcase short films, including some of the best work presented at the Interfilm Festival in Berlin, but also carry out series of hands-on film-making workshops and organise a panel discussion with experts of the industry, coming from India, Poland, Germany and the USA.

Location to be confirmed.


Culture | Dussehra

4 October

Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami, is one of the most important and widely celebrated Hindu festivals in the year. The festivity celebrates two victories – one of the Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur and the other of Lord Rama over the ten-headed demon king Ravana, an event well document in the great Hindu epic Ramayana. Curiously during the ninth day of the festival, all the tools and objects that help to earn one’s livelihood, may it be computers, kitchen tools or even cars, are worshipped and decorated with flowers in order to invoke God’s blessing for the next year endeavours. The celebrations extend to outdoor fairs and large processions throughout the city with effigies of Ravana, burnt on bonfires in the evening.

All over Bangalore.


By Anete Jekabsone