My City

Of art and green pas­tures, by Madhavi Ron­gala-Pavu­luri

India Today - - INSIDE - As told to Son­ali Achar­jee

Ban­ga­lore is a fan­tas­tic des­ti­na­tion for art, cul­ture and hand­i­craft en­thu­si­asts. I love ex­per­i­ment­ing and view­ing dif­fer­ent artis­tic forms, tem­plates and colours, es­pe­cially the tra­di­tional In­dian ones that are see­ing a re­vival not just in Ban­ga­lore but through­out the coun­try. This is one of the main rea­sons I de­cided to move back to the city from the US with the dream to start my own bou­tique; there are many unique artis­tic op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to ex­plore here. What strikes my in­ter­est in par­tic­u­lar are those prod­ucts that use old medi­ums to ex­press new mes­sages. For ex­am­ple a fan that has been painted with bright colours, old soda bot­tles given a makeover with mo­saic tiles or a tea tray wo­ven with a Chet­ti­nand weave. Sourc­ing such prod­ucts is the best part of both my job. From fabrics to pot­tery, paint­ing, dresses, stoles, bas­kets, jutis, chains and jew­ellery, there is just so much va­ri­ety to choose from.

When I first started out, I was keen to look out for orig­i­nal prod­ucts with a so­cial touch. So I got in touch with a lot of NGOs that em­power un­der­priv­i­leged sec­tions of the so­ci­ety with an artis­tic li­cense. There are a lot of great or­gan­i­sa­tions mak­ing an im­pact both in and around Ban­ga­lore and I am glad to be able to give them my sup­port.

An­other plus point of liv­ing and work­ing in Ban­ga­lore is the avail­abil­ity of dif­fer­ent green child- friendly spa­ces. As a mother of two, it was im­por­tant for me to not only have a job which al­lowed me to spend more time with my chil­dren, but which was also in a city where they don’t have to stay cooped up in­doors all day. It was only in Ban­ga­lore that I found both. When my chil­dren are not help­ing me with my store with things like putting prod­uct la­bels and set­ting up art dis­plays, I of­ten take them out for out­ings or pic­nics to the city’s many parks and lakes.

On the whole I think Ban­ga­lore is a re­ally pos­i­tive city to be a part of. From the food to the weather, from the land­scape to the people, there is lit­tle to com­plain about. Those look­ing for a mel­low pace of life and lots of happy vibes will es­pe­cially feel at home here. The au­thor is the owner of Yel­low But­ton Store.

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