Photo Exhibition – The City and the Farms

The City and the Farms  agriculture in periurban Bengaluru

 Photo-exhibition hosted by Azim Premji University

On September 15, 16 and 17, 2017 at Vismaya Hall, Rangoli Metro Art Centre, M.G. Road, Bangalore

“Experience the nature bliss”, exhorts a huge hoarding put up against the idyllic backdrop of verdant farmlands and grazing cattle in Mudenahalli village, off Kanakapura road.   Umpteen such boards advertising gated communities now dot the rural peripheries of Bangalore: the epicentre of India’s IT boom and its third most populous city that is home to nearly 10 million inhabitants. Fertile agricultural land turning into industrial, residential, infrastructural and commercial construction, shrinking ecological commons including kavals (grazing lands) and gundathopes (wooded groves), polluted water resources:  the havoc wreaked by unbridled urban expansion over the last two decades goes on unchecked. Drastic transitions also extend to the economic, social and cultural fabric of communities inhabiting the rural-urban interface.

Interestingly, the impacts of urbanisation are not uniform and are felt differently by famers as a function of their socio-spatial situations. While farming in some parts of the rural-urban continuum have benefited from year round availability of sewage water from the city, in some areas farming ceased to be a viable livelihood option due to severewater stress.  This photo-exhibition titled “The city and the farms”is an attempt to capture the multiple and often contradictory narratives around the unruly urban sprawl engulfing agricultural peripheries of Bangalore.

The three-day photo-exhibition is part of a long termmulti-institutional researchproject titled ‘The Rural-Urban Interface of Bangalore: A Space of Transitions in Agriculture, Economics, and Society’sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India in collaboration with German Research Foundation. The exhibitionwill take place on September 15, 16 and 17 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at Rangoli Metro Art Centre, MG Road, Bangalore.

The exhibition will showcase diverse facets of agricultural changes in peri-urban Bangalore under the following themes

  1. Myriad manifestations of urbanisation
  2. Croplands, cattle and commons: Caught in the urban quagmire
  3. Beacons of hope: Resilient spaces, perseverant people

Around 20 stories with 50 photographs spanning the above mentioned themes will be displayed in the exhibition.These photo-stories are contributed by researchers and practitioners from India and abroad who have been looking into the dynamics and consequences of agricultural transitions in peri-urban Bangalore through diverse disciplinary lenses and seeking to address some of the challenges associated with peri-urban agrarian livelihood sustainability.

Organising Team: Seema Purushothaman, Dhanya Bhaskar, Sheetal Patil, Raghvendra Vanjariand, Meghana Eswar, School of Development, Azim Premji University.

Contact: DhanyaBhaskar (, 9844316406)

SheetalPatil (, 9980212839)

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