Sunday, 8 March 2015
Rangoli - Metro Art Centre
For a long time I’ve been planning to visit what has been referred to by many people I know as the M G Road Boulevard. This is what the BMRCL (Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd) gifted to the city dwellers once the construction of this phase of the Metro got over. And I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw here. Over a stretch of at least a km., starting from the Metro station at M G Road till the junction where this road meets the St. Marks Road, has been converted into a perfect hangout at the heart of the city.
There are a few art galleries in this bougainvillea covered promenade which they have named Rangoli – Metro Art Centre (R-MAC). The artistic installations and art work here leaves you spellbound. There is a picture gallery too and a wall that outlines the history of Bangalore over the last few decades.
The Friendship Point is a wall on which you can tie a friendship band every time you visit Bangalore. It is certainly a great way to harbor unity and brotherhood in a time when it is much needed.
I have an active 5 year old who loves to run about & play. Whenever we go out, I worry about whether the place is kid friendly. R-MAC has a kids’ play area and seating areas from where the adults can keep an eye on the kids while they chat & sip coffee or read a book. Though the equipment in the kids’ play area is not very well-maintained, I’ve seen from experience that kids just enjoy to run around helter-skelter. So I don’t think that that’s a big disadvantage. If you feel hungry, you can simply walk over to the Dasaprakash restaurant, housed within, for dosas or walk down to the innumerable other restaurants on M G Road. It is perfect for a family outing or a hangout with friends.