Bangaloreans are always complaining about how cosmopolitan the city has become and how it has completely lost itself in the race of modernisation.
For those who love the sights and sound of Bangalore, the old localities of Malleswaram, Shankarapuram, Chamarajpet and Basavanagudi still give them glimpses of the old world charm that Bangalore once possessed.
But what these people do not realise is that the old
still lives on in its many localities, festivals and structures. Bangalore
Come December and Basavanagudi hosts the famous Kadalekai Parashe.
The entire stretch of
Bull Temple Road in Basavanagudi from BMS college till Ramakrishna Ashrama becomes an open granary for groundnuts.
urban and rural district and even from Tamil Nadu join their counterparts in Karnataka in celebrating this festival. Apart from groundnuts, you can enjoy the makings of a rural fair as people from all walks of life unveil their goods on the road. Bangalore
In January, it is the turn of the Avarakai Parishe. This is also a unique festival of
VV Puram Circle just off Minerva Circle and off KR Road becomes an impromptu market for baked beans. This tradition perhaps has its origin on the story of and the baked beans. Bangaluru
The avarekai and its many avatars are dished out to its affectionados in and around VV Puram circle where farmers from Magadi, Hoskote and other places congrete and sell their Avarekai.
Some of the shops in the area sponsor the event and also prepare only during this duration all dishes made or containing Avarekai.
During March it is the famous Karaga which is a tradition going back to the time of Kempe Gowda. The Karaga startes at midnight from the Dharmaraya temple and goes around the old city or petes of Balepet, Chickpet and City Market before returning to the
. Dharmaraya Temple
The small Kalyani or body of water adjacent to the Indoor stadium at the beginning of the
Kasturba Road near Hudson Circle is the place where the Karaga festivites commence with the preparation of the Hasi (wet) Karaga.
Come April, then
turns into an open air concert with Rama Temples and Rama Seve Mandalis vying with one another in hosting Carnatic music concerts as part of Ramanavami. Bangalore
Though these concerts are only a few decades old, they have quickly acquired a local flavour and they are the toast of all musicians.
These music concerts have seen the likes of MS Subbulakshmi, ML Vasantha Kumari, Balamurali Krishna, Bhimsen Joshi, Yesudas, MS Gopalakrishnan, Sudha Raghunathan, Kunnikudi Vaidyanathan, Lalgudi and many others perform.
The music concert at
in Chamarajpet by the Rama Seva Mandali and at Seshadripuram, Shankarpuram and NR Colony concerts draw huge crowds and they are a delight to listen. Fort High school
Another festival native to
is the St Mary’s feast. This feast goes back to several decades and the area of Shivajinagar comes alive when the festival is organized as part of the celebrations of St. Mary’s Church in Shivajinagar. The church has been elevated to a minor bascilica. Bangalore
The festival of Infant Jesus shrine in Viveknagar draws huge crowds. It takes place every January and people from all walks of life throng to the deity.
The Mahavir Jayanthi by the Jains in
has also a totally local flavour. Bangalore
Apart from these events, the regular santhe, jatre or fair at Yeshwanthpur, Madivala, Banashankari are famous for direct selling of products by farmers.
It is time that the people and the authorities got together and preserved these traditions. It is in them that Bendakalooru still lives on.