“If Bangalore was a song and the lyrics were the ages the city has seen this book, quite incomparably, is the tune the city has been searching for all these years” – DNA, Feb
Did you know that there are several cities within Bangalore? Did you know that a centuries old festival is a beacon of communal harmony in Bangalore? Did you know that Chamarajpet in south Bangalore was the city’s cultural centre and shaped many writers, artists, and musicians? Did you know about the Jazz scene of Bangalore in the 40s? To discover unique and rarely photographed city perspectives, please purchase this independently published book. I have explored how the city has changed and the constants that shaped the city through my photographs. This book is an impassioned plea to support the arts and creativity to drive the actual growth of Bangalore. It is not about the old versus the new, nor is it about the city’s history. It is about what the city can be.
This book was published in 2012. And in the last decade, the city has grown exponentially. Bengaluru/Bangalore is the only visual document of the era gone by.
“Dear Mahesh, I wanted to quickly drop in and thank you for the splendid work on ‘In first person singular’. The current pandemic adds a new context to the experience of browsing the book and it made me cosily happy looking at the visuals and imagining that there is a Bangalore that we will soon live to see..” – from a reader.
We do not accept international debit/credit cards. If you need the book to be shipped out of India, please write to mahesh(at)maheshbhat(dot)com for details
Proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards a photography grant by UNSUNG Foundation
Published in, 2012. Dimensions: 8.5″ x 11″ (Closed)
number of pages: 132, 130 + Images and an essay – ‘Whose City Is It?’
First Published in 2012