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Exhibition of Old Bangalore Photos, Vintage Maps and Antique Bird Prints

Ali Asker Photo

From Wed 1 to Sat 4 August, Arastan will be hosting a special exhibition of rare photographs of old Bangalore, vintage maps dating back to the eighteenth century, and antique bird lithographs and engravings.

The exhibition is open at the Arastan Studio on Nandi Durga Road from 10:30am to 6:30pm as normal. Please come and browse these and the rest of our collection of wares from our travels. There are always a few surprises in store that are not available on the www.arastan.com website!

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Our first Photo Shoot and The Bactrian Hoard

Arastan Studio Photoshoot

We had our first photo shoot today and it was quite an experience. My neighbour, Sudhir Ramchandran, offered to do it for us. I was excited and terrified. Sudhir is a bit of a legend and also a perfectionist. You don’t waste the opportunity and you certainly do not waste his time! A call to a friend who is a stylist (we were so much easier than her other project which was to recreate rural North Indian milkmen and tomato vendors in a Bangalore studio with no less than 20 cans of milk and 800kgs of tomatoes) who worked with our now invaluable visual merchandiser, Prabhu, to plan the shoot. Thankfully it all went well. The honest truth is travelling to remote places without speaking the language or being able to read the script, eating ‘interesting’ food, negotiating with hand gestures and calculators doesn’t scare me but I do find make …

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