Badal Majumdar recreates Bengaluru of yore through his sketches

Artist Badal Majumdar does so in his sketches. Now, Badal has compiled around 60 sketches into a book called "Seen and Unseen Sketches of Bangalore" and is looking for a publisher. (Badal Majumdar's sketches and watercolours can be bought online from Mojarto) In the city’s remnants -- its tree lined streets, old eating joints, shops, landmarks and the architecture, Badal visualizes the past. Badal Majumdar isn’t caught in a time warp, but is simply in love with all the good things we have left behind in the name of progress.

In times of despair, don’t we often receive this advice: ‘Don’t look back, move on’? But when your past is so beautiful it ought to be remembered and preserved.

Artist Badal Majumdar does so in his sketches.

The old, lost and forgotten Bangalore of lush greenery, a clear skyline, heritage structures and well-kept roads finds space in Badal’s evocative renderings.

Badal Majumdar isn’t caught in a time warp, but is simply in love with all the good things we have left behind in the name of progress. “You know there used to be a Metro Bar and Billiards Parlour right next to Cauvery emporium on M.G.

Road, and an opera theatre on Brigade Road.

While Metro Bar has been demolished, the Opera House located on the intersection of Brigade Road and Residency Road is now used for different purpose,” retells an excited Badal, putting out his sketches at his house in Rajajinagar, a locality where he has lived ever since he came to the city.

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