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Fun with paintings at Bangalore Palace

I met up with a friend on my last day in Bangalore, and we visited the Bangalore Palace. It actually had a surprising amount of interesting art. It also had a 500 rupee camera fee on top of the 350 rupee foreigner admission, so I decided to break my usual rule of not taking pictures of paintings so I could get my money's worth. :P

As my friend said, one of these paintings is not like the others:

One of these paintings is not like the others

:P

This one I just really liked because I felt like you could see a lot about her life through her eyes:

Golden painting of woman with pot

(Sorry, I didn't bother with the audio tour, there were no plaques, and I can't understand the signature, so I have no idea who painted this, or what it's called.)

My made up title for this one is: Draupadi and the Infinite Sari:

Draupadi and the Infinite Sari

So the short version I was told is that the guy on the bottom, Dushasana, was trying to strip Draupadi, but Krishna gave her an infinite sari, providing her with ever more fabric that could never be fully unraveled.

And then I suddenly came upon this!

Portrait of Srikantadatta Narsimharaja Wodeyar, Maharaja of Mysore

Is that Dom DeLuise? No, I think it's more likely to be Srikantadatta Narsimharaja Wodeyar, the current Maharaja of Mysore. And here's his memento from a trip to the Great Wall:

China trip memento of Srikantadatta Narsimharaja Wodeyar, Maharaja of Mysore

Update: I just found his official website!

Finally, as Lonely Planet puts it, "Alongside many family photos, the sometimes lavish interiors are hung with a collection of nude portraits, adding a saucy note to the tour." But I didn't take any pictures of those.

Next up: More from the streets of Bangalore!

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suuure you didn't.

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LEAVE THIS FIELD BLANK. IT IS HERE TO TRAP ROBOTS.

LEAVE THIS FIELD BLANK. IT IS HERE TO TRAP ROBOTS.

LEAVE THIS FIELD BLANK. IT IS HERE TO TRAP ROBOTS.

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