Grassland Story, Vol-II

October 27, 2019
Mahesh Bhat
Sometime in August of 2011,  a senior IAS officer, the then  head of Bangalore Development (Destruction?) Authority, stood on the Hesaraghatta grassland and declared “Birds? What birds? I cannot even see a sparrow”. So I was told. The government of...
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My work on preserving the catchment of Hesaraghatta

October 18, 2019
Mahesh Bhat
Hesaraghatta lake, October 2019. Most of the accumulated water has flowed through the channel that we opened up in 2004. It was in the late 90s when Hesaraghatta dawned on my horizon. Later on when I got married and moved...
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Kadri Gopalnath

October 13, 2019
Mahesh Bhat
The great saxophonis Kadri Gopalnath passed away recently. A sad news for connoisseurs of Indian classical music. I had made an extensive photo series on him in the mid 80s, when he was in his 30s. I was a teenager...
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Santhi Soundarajan

May 5, 2019
Mahesh Bhat
When I read about the South African athlete, Caster Semenya, has lost her case against the athletic governing body, IAAF, and  will have to take medication to lower her testosterone levels if she wishes to continue competing internationally in running events, I thought...
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Last days of REX

January 1, 2019
Mahesh Bhat
On 30th of December, 2018, I spent an afternoon photographing at Rex theatre on Brigade Road. I had seen many movies there. I had missed photographing Plaza theatre before it shut down few years ago. Theatre was full of nostalgia...
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ILLUSION

November 9, 2018
Mahesh Bhat
In my previous blog post, I wrote about NEWSCHOOL and the pioneering work done by Advertising & industrial Photographers Association of India (AIPA) in the late 80s and early 90s. In 1990, we in Bangalore, members of the Southern chapter...
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Roundup the weedicide

October 27, 2018
Mahesh Bhat
Healthy cabbages growing amidst other plants. In Narayana Reddy’s farm. “There is no such thing as weeds. “As long as they do not grow taller than the crop all other plants are fine” says Reddy. Round up is the most...
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Butterfly Effect & Connecting the dots

October 24, 2018
Mahesh Bhat
When you have lived long enough, you can connect the dots. When you do so, the butterfly effect becomes apparent. It was well over quarter of a century ago, 27 years to be precise, some of us were trying to...
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Celebrating the Extraordinary Grandeur of Smallness @ Serendipity Arts Festival, 2017 – Goa

December 23, 2017
Mahesh Bhat
Sometime in the beginning of this year Dinesh Khanna called me asking if I would work on the 3rd volume of UNSUNG for Serendipity Arts Festival, 2017 @ Goa. I asked him if I could think about it. When I...
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On World Environment Day – June 5, 2017

June 5, 2017
Mahesh Bhat
I have been travelling between Bangalore and Mangalore for several decades now. The road passes through the Western Ghats, one of the biological hotspots of the world and repository to millions of species of flora and fauna. Though there is...
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