A newspaper article on a flower mela held in the city caught my eye, during my recent Bangalore visit.The news article chronicled the painting of a gorgeous mural by Bangalore artist Shilo Shiv Suleman in the flower seller market in an effort to reclaim public space and beautify it too. You can catch the article here
Intrigued, I set the alarm for 430 am as the market starts at 2:00 in the morning and winds up by 8:00 am. The flower farmers cut their crops late evening and then set out by 12.00 am for Bangalore from the nearby villages.
It was quite dark when I reached KR market, which is also a treasure trove of wholesale items. I was amazed to see the hustle and bustle at 5.00 am in this market where a veritable smorgasboard of blooms were setup aesthetically on every pavement, side street and junction the eye could see.
I was mesmerized by the mile long strands of flowers; some of individual blooms and some combined in stupendous colour combinations – all coiled into neat circular arrangements. There were marigold, daisies, small chrysanthemums, mogra, chandni, roses. lotus, Paan leaves and some flowers I couldn’t name.
I just couldn’t stop clicking the floral displays, much to the amusement of some of the sellers who grinned and posed at me too. The flower sellers were very used to photographers as it’s quite popular with many enthusiasts and clubs.
There was a deity in the market that was decked beautifully – perhaps to appease for positive sales. I loved the hand painted armoires built-in to house the temple. I wish I had been able to converse with someone about its history.
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Someone pointed me to another section of the market where loose flowers are sold by the kilo for worshipping, decorations and making garlands for hair. Oh and there were some intricately woven garlands for the bride and groom too.
The clock tower of the inner square of this market is where the stunning mural graced the wall, paying a gorgeous tribute to the flower market. The entire markets wafts in an exotic floral perfume which actually made me sneeze a lot 😉
Sadly I missed out on finding the cut flower section of this whole sale market as I had looked forward to buying some exotic blooms for the house. Maybe next time……..
“A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.”– Dogen
Doesnt the sight of flowers uplift your spirits? What do you think of this market?
- KR market is the largest whole market of Bangalore and is located in Kalasipayla area.
- It’s reputed to be one of the largest flower markets in Asia.
- The photographer in me was pleased though by no means sated, and I intend to return here with my DSLR next time around. (All these pics are taken on a Samsung J7)
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