The Urban Sketchers Singapore were invited to sketch Amaravati the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh. Amaravati, about 1/3 the size of Singapore is coming up on large swatches of agricultural land in Guntar- Vijayawada region. Singapore has been actively involved in the development of Amaravati since 2015. The farmers across the 29 villages gave up their land for the development of the new capital city. Our team was there to sketch the 14 villages and the remainder would sketch by another team, starting 8 Dec.
Special thanks to Ministry of Trade and Industry and the connection of Temasek Polytechnic.
Transferred flight from Hyderabad- Vijayawada.
Reach hotel around 8am, we had an early lunch and moved to our first location, Undavalli Cave. It was opened to Public on Sunday and we were overwhelmed by the crowd. Our next location was Vijayawada train station before the heading back to the hotel for our dinner.
Day 2 (20/11/2017)
Kuragallu- Nidamarru- Malkapuram
At Kuragallu, I was drawn by the statue and was told that it was Sivaji built in 1962.
The tall golden statue in Nidamarru can be found at the entrance of quite a number of villages.
We visited a temple at Malkapuram. The Kakatiya age temple is known for the ancient inscriptions carved out on its walls, stupa, and tank here. The temple is believed to be built by the queen Rudramadevi of the Kakatiya dynasty in 1270. The woman priest opened the gate to let me in have a look. I decided not to disturb this holy place and sketched an old tradition house nearby.
Day 3 (21/11/2017)
While sketching at Krishnayapalem, the local invited us to visited their Primary School. As it’s school holiday, the Primary school teachers were having the workshop. We were warmly welcomed by the heads and teachers and they provided lunch for us.
Day 4 (22/11/2017)
Penumaka- Gandhi Hill
We spent the morning visiting the Autism Research & Multi Disciplinary School. It was an eye-opening experience. Knowing how organised and committed the whole committee was. Such a dedicated team!
Our final stop for the evening was Gandhi Hill. A magnificent panoramic 360 view of the city of Vijayawada, including the beautiful Krishna river and the barrage. The Gandhi Memorial with seven stupas was constructed on this hill at a height of 500 feet, The 52 feet stupa was unveiled on 6th October 1968 by President of India Dr. Zakir Hussain.
Last day (23/11/2017)
Visited Andhra Pradesh Assembly and Council Area, the Downtown Road that Singapore is going to develop and Amaravati’s foundation stone.
We went to explore Islampet, which is one of the older parts of Vijayawada. A busy street where you could see all sort of transportation.
Last stop, the farm market. Too bad that I didn’t have any sketch…
Vijayawada- Bangalora- Singapore on 24/11/2017.
I would really love to go back to India for more sketching!