Painting the town: this artist celebrates Bengaluru in 100 illustrations

The identity of a city, its unique characteristics, stories and eccentricities, are expressed every day, through food, architecture, and culture, in the city streets and in the people who walk them. Occasionally, these stories are brought to life for the world to see.

Doing exactly this is Bengaluru-based freelance illustrator Shikha Nambiar, who recently captured the essence of the garden city through 100 vibrant sketches. Her series, named #100DaysOfBangaloreByChica, beautifully illustrate the tale of the city that she now calls home.

Every illustration in this quirky series boasts a different aspect of Bengaluru that contributes to its charm, whether it is the blooming Gulmohar trees, nostalgic-appeal of the Blossoms bookstore or even the delicious Masala Dosa at Sukh Sagar.

Although Shikha has lived in the city for less than a decade, she manages to vividly capture the spirit of many different areas of the city, having explored parts of Bangalore she had not spent much time in before such as Malleswaram and Basavanagudi for the project. She also received many suggestions from her followers for the project which helped her discover places she had never heard of before. “There are nooks and corners that have remained untouched even today and have an old world charm to them,” she says.

Her unconventional handbook to Bengaluru makes one instantly fall in love with the city (that is of course, if they aren’t already a proud resident).

You can see all of Nambiar’s illustrations on Sunny Skies Starry Eyes.

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