The Jindal Steel Works, Bellary.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

This is from sometime back. I stood in for a colleague who couldn't go for this industrial shoot- & to say the least, I was so not looking forward to it. So the bunch of us set out to the Jindal Steel Plant in Bellary. The photographer had 4 guys just to carry his equipment. This was going to be fun. There were talks of using the private chopper to reach the place- but we weren't so lucky. So we landed at this place early in the morning at 5. It turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences. But what im going to share with you here is the place where we were put up. It was a surprise.
Neat, completely pretty & impressive in bits, this was JSWs Guest house equivalent where they put up their business associates.

The driveway.

Urns used as part of the landscaping design. Also called 'Urli' this is an integral feature in South Indian Art and decor. Urlis are actually vessels in which they used to cook food in ancient times.

The Entrance. The stone slabs throw very interesting shadows.

'Urli' with floating flowers. The black granite flooring is reflective.

The lobby.

I just loved these huge vases

An interesting bust. Headless. Armless. Interesting nevertheless.

The Indonesian (? im not sure) statue during the day.

And at night.

Isnt that piece on the wall magical? I've not really been able to get it out of my head.On the left is the entrance to the dining hall.

I liked the way they've mounted the wall art- Black and white images of Hampi - on the brick red wall. And recently in the film 'Cheeni Kum's (Tabu's Delhi home's) terrace scene they've done the reverse. Off-white wall & black and white gandhi & nehru's pics framed in brick red patches. It looked really good.

It was early. The lights in the Hall were still on & so was morning light.

Cluster of Palms on the way to our rooms.

I love the geometric shadows cast by the beams. It just looked so dramatic.

Sangita Jindal, married to Sajjan Jindal is the person responsible for the look of this lovely place. An Eisenhower Fellow she is the publisher of the Art India Magazine , founder trustee of Friends of JJ school of Art , chairperson of the Hampi Foundation who has done much to support art and heritage in the city and is the chairperson of the amazing Kala Ghoda Festival in Mumabi. The Kala Ghoda Festival celebrates the spirit & the art of Mumbai. For me the festival means lots of intersting film screenings, live performances, art exhibitions, craft stalls & a fairly huge hole in my pocket :) Will definitely post on it this time round :)

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