Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Jindal Steel Works, Bellary.

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 :)


Anonymous said...

I must agree that some of the corporate guest houses have some real old world charm and spleandour. if you get a chance do check out the Birla House at Churchgate. and If you get a chance to see Aditya Birla's office - I saw this in 1997 - the height of the office was a swooping 45 or 50 feet and great design.

There is so much to be blogged about in Mumbai-
the old fort area
behind the bombay historical society
the ghalis behind the fort have some boutiques with some gracious spaces.
the jewlery of the fisherfolk women
Entry ways of buildings in Colaba.
check out the marwari shops at Masjid - the old world types
the parsee houses and jewellery
so does the old world sindhi jewlery ( the peshawar type)
How about railway quarters? with its majestic ceiling heights, stone walls and round staircases.
old maharastrian wadas - It should be still there in pune. near the pune old market. I am not sure if it exists now, lest the real estate developers might have knocked it off.
Tardeo and its neighbourhood. how about the houses of those newspapers barons. they have some old world charm
so does grant road, lamington road, peddar road, walkeshwar
Old chawls with their majestic gate in Dadar.
How about the cotton green areas.
Vasai and Virar should have some good fishing folk houses. The later some good stuff from the tribals.
still to see are some houses at sandhurst road. How can I forget the marine line houses with pillars inside their homes with their 20 feet doors.
How about carpenters, tailors, collage makers? Weren't they the furniture designers and fashion designers of yesterday and I hope they survive, nice and good.
a huge cottage industry abides in Dharavi = Art GALORE. They are the unsung true artists. One can always go to the galleries, sip wine and praise the society artists. They are plenty of them. The true artists never praise themselves and they are unsung and deseerve praise. and Advertising does showcase true life - Bring it on.

The list is endless. Bombay is a riot of things. Don't forget the vegetable vendors who carry their wares around the city, the saree wallas who sell bengali sarees in the city Even the dirt, dust, grime, floods of this city is a place to document. Bring it on

Arch said...

Wow, I love the Urlis with floating flowers.:-))
A guest house like this to stay during a photoshoot..gosh we were never so lucky;-)

vineeta said...

I need to know who this anonymous is :) thanx for the truck loads of suggestions. Some of these i had thought of- but for the rest of the ideas thanx a ton :)

Archana, these day i can think of only one person when i think of floating flowers ;)And yes, we do get lucky like this once in a while:) for film shoots we are always put up at decent places. for press we don't mostly travel.

Bhavna said...

Never judge a post by its title! I was wondering what would be arty about a steel factory...but your post held a surprise - beautiful guest house!

Peggy said...

Vineeta, beautiful post. I often photograph industrial areas in our city, but they look nothing like these!

My favorite is the Indonesian (?) statute. And the fountain, and the archway made of concrete (?). Such wonderful compositions.

I am really wanting to travel to India. I was very intrigued by Anonymous' comments. Sounds like you won't be running out of ideas anytime soon! Hooray for us!

Vinita said...

Thats right Vineeta.. as soon as I saw that Urli i thought about arch and her home.. even the fact that its called urli I learned from her posts.. I love the buttery yellow colors of the wall too..everything is so well placed.. everything in its place and a place for everything.. Its so zen and serene like. I love this minimalist approach without being cluttered. Each piece placed there can start off a conversation. How about a close-up of that magical piece on the wall?

Anonymous said...

I am glad you like my comments. Let me introduce myself - a nostalgic Bombay suburban dweller who walked the streets of the city with absolutely little or no money. She walked from gateway of India to VT. Took a bus at the end of the day of class and saw the city.

May I take the liberty to add a few more suggestions for your blog which may not be very obvious -

sanjay gandhi national park slums and mahakali caves slums in andheri have many income generating programmes which are into cottage industry - specifically hand made handicrafts. if you would like to know who they call some of the ngo's and they would be happy that you want to blog about them. It's both a PR statement for them and you will be happy to have them too.
:: home made artisans work on embroideries, crochets, make bags with wires, and animals out of beads.
::goldsmiths/blacksmiths/brasssmiths/coppersmiths and
::on a road parallel to bandstand you will find a lane which is so very old world that you will wonder ( hoping that they have not pulled down the structures to build the fancy stuff) you will find fisher folk there too, hens running around. I saw this in 1996. The bright skirts of the fisher folk are now a fashion trend in New York.
:: There are many bandra bungalows - small cottages that ooze nice architecture - some have a portugese flavour.
::Morarji house
:: Nana Palkiwala's house
:: there are some house in matunga road - contemporary in style with very intricate wood panelling
::old maharastrian jewellery so does gujju jewellery -
mumbra - a place in Thane district is overcrowded with real muslim stuff.
:: jews in bombay, the sheniwaritheli's
:: check out the old byculla railway office - 100 years old
:: so does the post office in VT - Have they pulled that down? some amazing architecture
::Irani cafes and bakeries - look at the ceiling
:: ballonwalas
:: the mills in lower parel are 100 years old - they are grandchildren of the originals in manchester.
::Old police stations - weird isn't it? - grant road if i can remember right.
::well you already have the devangiri script on your blog, add the multitude of other languages. the best way to find out about these and other tribal languages are - bibles. they are translated into numerous languages in India.
:: Time out also puts out bombay things to do on the list. would really would like your perpective rather than a journalistic point of view.

I am glad you are doing Bombay. Just take the ordinary and blog it. You will be amazed to see the takers

vineeta said...

Bhavna thanx, like I said it was a surprise for me too :) The steel shots are pretty artistic too in that grim grimy industrial wy. makes for great graphic art. but that will be another post :)

Peggy, do come to India. I promise my country won't disappoint :)

Vinita, thanx, I will post a close up of the thing sometime soon :)

Anonymous, whew...! that sure was laundry list of ideas. Will post on them as and when :) Bombay is a treasure trove & whats awesome about this city is that it holds within it many distinct worlds. Theres a place for everyone here.

Rollforming said...

Wow, absolutely stunning!

surprise said...

wow1!! its 2 beautiful guesthouse........at d being i thought it al about steelwork posters.......its totally different.

Anonymous said...

hmmmm its very amazing and surprising...i never see such beautiful guest house..

Anonymous said...

hmmmm its very amazing and surprising...i never see such beautiful guest house..