THE DHARMAMBUDHI TANK PROJECT
With Sindhu Thirumalaisamy and Pooja Gupta, 2011
HD video, 6:45 minutes
The Dharmambudhi Tank area, presently Kempegowda Bus Stand, is the heart of Bangalore City. Over the last 100 years it has transformed from being a tank that once had floating Bharatnatyam dancers to welcome Prince Albert, to an exhibition ground hosting satirical plays during the emergency to an inter-state bus stand. Now, at a time when it is about to take on its newest avatar, that of a metro station, we interviewed four people— a priest of a temple once situated at its banks, an erstwhile high-schooler of a Gandhi Nagar school, the wife of an engineer who worked on the KSRTC bus stand and Master Hirannaiah a renowned theatre actor—who express their memories, hopes and fears of the tank area and of urban development at large.
This film was part of the Water Stories project at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, led by oral historian Dr. Indira Chowdhury.