At a walkable distance from our house is a Mini forest maintained by the forest department.
Picture1 – Mini Forest
An early morning walk inside the mini forest delighted us with sights and sounds of many birds. It was a surprise finding exotic birds like Asian paradise flycatcher right in the middle of the buzzing city.
We planned for a weekend getaway to Nrityagram, which turned to be a unique experience. The dance village is situated on a 10 acre land near Hessarghatta, 30 Km from Bangalore. This was founded in 1990 by Protima Gauri who was a model, actress and a dancer. Protima Gauri’s joy and passion for dance art form can be experienced with a visit to the dance village. Here classical dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi are taught by teachers from all over India. Martial arts are also taught here.
The village was planned and built by architect Gerard da Cunha. The buildings are built with mud giving the look and feel of an Indian village. The open areas have large green cover and many trees dot the place.
News of ban of alcohol and plastic on Nandi hills is something to cheer about as this can give back the respect the hills had lost to the hic…hic…culture. I have read of “scotch on rocks” but not an empty bottle of scotch (alcohol) smashed on rocks! I remember we zeroed in on a neat place to open our picnic basket at Himvad Gopalaswamy Betta and my nephew was about to sit on a rock when a glass piece pierced into his feet. Our picnic turned into a nightmare!