Photo of Day – III

Ooha Uppalapati

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As a student of architecture for five years and a professional for two, Ooha has been biased towards the definition of spaces as inhabited and interacting entities, as opposed to purely independent built forms. The collectives of small identities representing a larger common identity, Indian cities have been central to her experiments and learning in this direction. Her limitations as an architect in understanding cities led to an interest in subjects like history, sociology, economics and philosophy. Added to this is the experience of living in three different cities in different phases of her life: Vijayawada on the banks of river Krishna, Bhopal and its beautiful lakes and Ahmedabad, have each been a rich and unique experience. They showed her how habits and rituals define and distinguish an environment as much as and sometimes even more than the physical entities do. She now intends to document and analyse cities as carriers of people, their daily lives and traditions along with the buildings, roads and bridges they occupy. Some distance into this assignment she also aspires to be equipped enough to be able to introduce such elements into these complex systems that can contribute to the design of a cultural progression.

Text source: http://urbanfellows.iihs.co.in/profile-fellows-2016-17/

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Uber ride to IIHS


After working with a Non profit organisation for a year in New Delhi, I then moved back to Punjab in May this year. I applied for the Urban fellowship and was not really sure if I’ll make through. And it happened. I got my confirmation email and I was all set for another year in Bangalore.

Here in Bangalore, I live with other 14 fellows, in Men’s PG in Sanjaynagar. However, the classes happen at IIHS, Bangalore city campus which is located in Sadashiv nagar. A distance of odd 5 kms, which I daily cover majorly using Uber, auto rickshaw at times and bicycle when fellows have brought cycles back in PG but are not ready to take them back to IIHS.

Usually when I’m travelling on Uber with fellows, we tend to take UberGo(a car that accomodates only 4 people). Sometimes there are 6 of us who have to travel together. And we book UberXL. I shot this video on one of those days, when we booked UberXL and I had to sit in the trunk of the car because of less space.

Travelling is one of those times in the day, when I’m just observing. Usually there is no lens through which I tend to see things around. Traffic of vehicles, people, buildings, birds & animals just passing by.

I’ve been listening to Tajdar Junaid alot these days as well. The background score is called Yaadon ki Pari. Do let me know how do you like this one.

Peace

Bangalore Heritage Walk I

IIHS organised a Heritage Walk for #IndiaUrbanFellows in collaboration with INTACH Bangalore Chapter.

Anushree, anchored the walk from IIHS. Meera and Pankaj took us along the Bangalore Fort and old city which has changed over the course of time.

1st Kannada Class by Vikrant

Every time I call my Uber/Ola driver I pray that they understand English or Hindi. And soon enough I realised the importance of local language. I was not alone, all of my fellows at UFP felt the same. And Vikrant came to our rescue.

Vikrant leads the Media and Design team and is responsible for design and development of the IIHS brand. The first class happened and we moved beyond, “Kannada Gotila” meaning – “I don’t know Kannada”. And now it is, “Kannada Kalita Ideeni” meaning – “I’m learning Kannada”.

Vikrant taught us some words of daily use and how to make sentences using those few words.
Kannada class is open to all departments in IIHS and it soon became the most famous class. We had some 9 classes so far, though I’ve been able to attend only 4 of them.

Sharing few photos from the first class.

Practica

Its been two weeks and I couldn’t share much other than posting few photos on facebook or twitter.

We were introduced to practica. All we knew about practica was this, “Practica are term-length, site-based, applied learning courses. They draw on real-life cases and working problems that are situated in the city. Fellows will be provided with a problem situation (together with extensive written and audio-visual information) regarding a city or a particular site in Bangalore. Working in teams as well as individually, the Practica will help Fellows apply principles of integrating theory, practice and link skills and concepts learnt in the classroom to develop solutions. In doing so, they will develop problem-solving skills as well as capacity to create innovative & sustainable solutions that will help them translate knowledge into application and then impact, in the Indian context. The Practica will also allow participants to interact with and be evaluated by critical stakeholders in the city – like government officials, entrepreneurs and civil society organizations”.
Source: UFP website

This is what we’ve read on the urban fellowship programme website. We were told about our sites in Bangalore. 10 teams were formed of 3 fellows each. We proceeded to our sites – Sultanpalya & Malleswaram. 5 teams were to work in Sultanpalya and 5 teams in Malleswaram. What we did and what we were suppose to do, I’ll write about that next time, probably.

Sharing some of the photos from Malleswaram. The team I was part of was suppose to work in Malleswaram.

The blog post without photos

-TejInder Singh

This is the first time when I’m writing a blog, without photos or videos. It’s not that I choose to write this. But I’ve been asked to write this post as a part of our assignment. Rekha Raghunathan who moderates a compulsory skill lab on “Writing in & for Urban” is making me and other 29 fellows write such blog posts.

I’m late by few hours already and I missed today’s class as well. We were suppose to submit this today before 11:59 am, technically. Rekha extended the timeline for people like me who don’t write much about anything. And I’m still struggling writing this blog post.

The original idea was to write about anything we have not written about. So happens to be, that I have not written about anything at all. My initial thoughts were that I will write about “Religion and Sexuality”. Then I thought, I’ll write about “Religion and Politics”. I see none of these happening here.

So I chose to write about this. This – the blog post without photos. I don’t realize when photos became an integral part of my life. People around me have accepted my camera as an extension of my body. They don’t bother if I click pictures in classroom during lecture or while eating food. Rather, I’ve been asked at times if everything is fine with me, on seeing me without camera.

I wonder, how is it affecting my identity as an individual. It’s difficult for me to recall those events which I haven’t photographed. I tend to forget people I’ve not photographed. Talking of my childhood, the only memories I have are those which I see in pictures, clicked by my father. He has documented my childhood extensively. So many memories yet so little that I remember.

I’m deprived of words, yet again. I really don’t know what else to write. Oh! I’m listening to Coke Studio, Season 9. Mohsin Abbas Haidar sang Uddi Ja in 4th episode which came out last week. In my opinion, this particular episode is one of the best produced episodes’ of Coke Studio 9 so far. All four songs are different from each other yet I feel connected to all of them while listening to them back to back. Somehow they compliment each other. I’ll write about it some other day, perhaps.

I kept looking at the word count while writing this post. Rekha has asked to write 400 words. I crossed 400 at the end of last sentence and I feel happy within that I’ve been able to write this much. I will probably take some time to edit it and then publish it.

You know it’s nice to write at times, I think. But I would love to have some photos as well.

 

Malleswaram

As a part of our Practica we will be working in our neighbourhood. This short film is from the first visit that we had last week. There are two sites in the neighbourhood on  which we are suppose to work. This film is from Malleswaram, Bangalore.

Malleswaram is a north-western neighbourhood in Bangalore city. It was developed as a planned suburb after the great plague of 1898, which caused many people to move out of the city center. It derives its name from the Kaadu Malleshwara temple.

Film by: TejInder Singh
Background Score: Tajdar Junaid