CHETAN KRISHNASWAMY writes: The Kukkarahalli Kere in Mysore stirs the soul.
Unfailingly, every evening, the calm waters lunge flirtatiously towards a flamboyant sun performing a visual jugalbandi enthralling the walkers around the bund.
Prof Shivaram Malavalli—an illustrious Mysorean and a venerable friend—has over the months captured the Kukkarahalli’s mystique through his mobile phone.
Last week, I ran into him during one of my rare visits to the lake.
Prof Shivaram, brother of Kumar Malavalli, maintains that every day is a new day at KK and its moods are varied.
To quote R.K. Narayan, another Kukkarahalli lover:
“Sometimes, I went back to the Kukkarahalli tank in the late afternoon, when the evening sun touched the rippling water-surface to produce uncanny lighting effects, and the western sky presented a gorgeous display of colours and cloud formations at sunset. Even today, I would assert, after having visited many parts of the world, that nowhere can you witness such masterpiece sunsets as in Mysore. I would sit on a bench on the tank and watch the sun’s performance, the gradual fading of the colours in the sky, and the emergence of the first single star at dusk.”
View Prof Shivaram’s Facebook album: Kukkarahalli Lake
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