Photographer's Note

On my way through southern India in early 1973 I passed through Bangalore among other places. Bangalore, nowadays known as Bengaluru, is the capital of Karnataka state. It has grown rapidly in recent decades and is now considered the third largest city of India, with a population of well over 8 millions. It is mainly known for its high tech business, including space and aviation industries and IT companies.

I have visited Bangalore briefly several times but never really got to know the city and never found it very interesting. I remember being fairly bored also on this first visit in 1973 and among the few photos I took was this one, showing the Karnataka state parliament, known as the Vidhana Soudha. It was built in the 1950's in a style usually known as Neo-Dravidian. On top of the dome you can see the Indian state emblem showing four lions as they were depicted on the capital of a so called Ashoka pillar (3rd century B.C.) found at Sarnath near Varanasi.

The building as such has not changed much in the 45 years since I took this photo, but it is no longer possible for anyone to just walk into the compound. India has suffered many terrorist attacks and the Vidhana Soudha is now surrounded by a high steel fence equipped with cameras and watch towers.

I don't usually post this kind of photos, but I have located at least one person near the lower right corner. ;-) Another photo guaranteed without any people at all can be seen as a workshop. They were both scanned from Kodachrome slides. Here is a larger version of the main photo.

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