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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My many Indias. Part 2: Mysore

My kids and I spent 3 days in Mysore. I sketched the famous Mysore palace, with it's over-the-top mix of architectural styles. I learnt that only the Taj Mahal gets more visitors than this Palace. It certainly felt like that: the Palace grounds were packed with tourists just lounging around, enjoying the palace, and going on elephant and camel rides. Like good tourists, we did all of that.

Mysore Palace on the weekend

Here is a gopuram or gateway to the palace grounds. The palace is surrounded by huge walled grounds, and each side of the wall has one of these large elaborately carved gateways. When I sketch in India, I often debate about whether to leave in or eliminate the multitude of powerlines, electricity poles and cellphone towers that "blight" the landscape. But almost everytime, I end up leaving them in because they are so integral to the urban landscape. Not beautiful, not well thought out, just always there, almost like a cliche.

Mysore Palace Gopuram

A quick sketch in the palace atrium, with it's turquoise and red pillars and stained glass skylight. This palace deserved long, deeply observed sketches. But every time I settled down to a sketch, my kids would disappear into the crowds, and I just had to resort to quick little captures.

Mysore Palace, another unfinished sketch

And what is a trip without a sketch involving food? The famous Mysore Bonda, that must be eaten hot. Dipped in coconut chutney and spicy lentil sambhar.

Mysore Meals

Many more sketches from Mysore, here on my blog.

5 comments:

Murray Dewhurst said...

Neat sketches Suhita! I know what it's like trying to sketch and keep an eye on the kids, it's tricky! Your palace atrium sketch looks pretty despite your wanting to spend more time.

gabi campanario said...

I'm glad you included the power lines. I feel the same way, if they are there, why overlook them? They add authenticity to the sketch.

Marina Grechanik said...

Suhita, your "juicy" sketches make want so much to visit India (with is in my travel wishlist)

Teresa Giménez Pous said...

Very good work, lovely

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