Thursday, 4 February 2016

Utsav Rock Garden- Part 1: A Sculptural Museum, An Art Village

Before writing anything on Utsav Rock Garden, I salute Prof T B Solabakkanavar - the master mind behind this great venture. He is an Internationally renowned artist, an art teacher and has received many awards in the field of art and culture. While designing this wonderland he must not have thought that the Rock Garden will enter the list of eight world records. It has entered the Limca Book Of Records, Unique World Records, India Book Of Records and Everest World Records. Now this art village has group of artists and sculptors who are creating magic through their sculptures. Its popularity is growing day by day.
Utsav Rock Garden is located in Gotagodi village - in Shiggaon Taluk of Haveri district. It is just beside NH4, Bengaluru-Pune National Highway. Our visit to this sculptural museum was totally unplanned. We left Bengaluru to reach our home town Sirsi and the journey was through NH4. When we were about to reach Haveri, I told my hubby that Rock Garden is just 30 km away from here. Is that a resort? Do we need to visit that now? asked my hubby with a rejection tone. He was not at all aware of Utsav Rock Garden. But I was adamant. Finally he took me there and we reached the place around 3 PM. There was a huge parking place and it was full of  tourist buses and school buses carrying school children for educational tour purpose. We parked the car paying paying some parking fees.
I was very much attracted by the entrance gate structure of the Rock Garden. It is very different. Common entry fee is Rs 120/adult and Rs 60/child (3-12 years). There are different entry packages too. If we want meals. guide etc then we have to pay extra as per special package. There is a separate entry package for school children. There is no separate fees for camera. We are free to take camera anywhere and click the photos. 
Entrance gate Of  Utsav Rock Garden

 After entering this art village we can see all eight records which it has received. They have been displayed on the wall in an artistic way.
Eight World Records have been displayed on the wall

We moved further and a huge beautiful garden welcomed us. Garden was full of  Dr. Rajkumar sculptures, the legend of Kannada film industry. This garden is called as Dr Rajkumar circle. These sculptures depict the popular scenes of  Dr. Rajkumar's hit movies. For a while we couldn't believe that these are just sculptures... such a lively expressions on the faces. I have uploaded only few of them.
Dr.Raj as Sanadi Appanna
Dr Raj as Shankaracharya
As Bhakta Kanakadasa

As Bedara Kannappa

As Valmiki

Yoga Positions
After seeing Rajkumar Garden we moved further to explore this wonderland.

To be continued in the next post....

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