Art & Culture

Top 5 Souvenir shops in Bangalore

Colorful handicraft items and show pieces make for a great memento or memorabilia. Here's a list of souvenir shops in Bangalore that stock exotic handicraft items and antique arts.

Exquisite miniature paintings from TarangExquisite miniature paintings from Tarang

A souvenir, memento or keepsake
is an object a traveler brings home for the memories associated with it. Similar to a souvenir, memorabilia (from Latin, for memorable) is an object that is treasured for its memories; however, unlike souvenirs, memorabilia are valued for a connection to a historical, sporting event, culture, entertainment. South India presents its visitors with many exquisite souvenirs that represent the rich cultural tradition of the place. South India is well known for its textiles industry, and handicraft items that have a demand in the international market as well.

Exquisite bronze statues and the old paintings of Tanjore are some of the refined gift items which can be presented to near and dear ones. For those who nurture a special propensity of collecting antique pieces of sculptures and paintings, there are loads of vintage shops that stock such items. Here's a list of souvenir shops in Bangalore that stock exotic handicraft items and antique artifacts.  

Tarang

Tarang was created with a vision of aiding and promoting the interests hundreds of artists who are confined to practicing their craft from their homes and rural regions. Its founder, Mrs G.S. Leela hails from chitoor, a small town in Andhra Pradesh and is currently settled in Bangalore. They stock hand crafted, eco-friendly and vividly enchanting, collection of Indian cultural art that represents artistic expressions spanning centuries and entire dynasties. The range of antiquities offered by Tarang include crystal idols , gold leafs, bastar art, marble paintings, gemstone paintings , copper artifacts, wood crafts, Tanjore paintings and bronze statues.
Where: 3rd Floor, Devatha Plaza, Residency Road. Tel: 91 98451 65323

Handcrafted Marble plate from AlankritaHandcrafted Marble plate from Alankrita

Alankrita
Alankrita is a fascinating curio store, from affordable bric-a-brac to stunning antiques; they also carry original engravings and an enviable collection of Tanjore and glass paintings. It’s a journey into vintage India. Alankrita also stocks antique goods, furniture and artifacts obtained mainly from the erstwhile Mysore state. It also has reproduction antiques and handicrafts. The shop is really small and quite crowded but don’t be put off. Rummaging through their collection, you just might find a real treasure from Tanjore paintings to old mirrors and brass idols. The shop is open from 11am to 6pm, every day except Sundays.
Where: 5, Jewellers Street, Commercial Street. Tel: 080 22861836

Natesan’s

The house of Natesan’s was started by late T.N Natesan at Trivandrum, Kerala in the year 1930. The firm began as a small antique trader and today the house is one of India’s well-known firms in Indian art and craft. Natesan’s have their own manufacturing centre where artisans and designers make artifacts in teakwood, bronze, silver, stone and hand crafted furniture. The range of antiquities offered by Natesan’s include stone sculptures, bronzes, paintings and wood carvings. The firm has had the privilege to undertake custom-made orders for five star hotels, temples and various corporate houses.
Where: President Chambers, # 8 Richmond road. Tel: 9620044611

The Vintage Shop
Vintage Shop is a professionally managed business house situated behind the Manipal Hospital. It collects and deals in antiques from different parts of India and abroad. The collection includes teak wood tiled tables, intricately carved mahogany stands, camphor chests, Chinese ceramic stools, bar units, Iranian chests, bali wood carvings, ceramics, ancient wooden bowls, palm leaf paintings, wooden jewel boxes, medicine stands, magazine stands, shelves, dried flowers, Bohemian hand crafted crystals, Raja Ravi Varma paintings and antique cars. It is open Monday to Saturday between 10.00 am to 7.30 pm.
Where: No103, Oxford House, Rustum Bagh Main Road. Tel: 91-80-25097777

Buddha bust from Natesan'sBuddha bust from Natesan's

The Oriental Haveli
Established in 1998, Oriental Haveli is a famous antique showroom at Koramangala in Bangalore. It collects and deals antiques from different parts world. Collection includes amazing antique artifacts and furniture, Thanjavur paintings, figurines of Indian gods, Victorian coach lamps, chandeliers, Chinese jade snuff bottles and Greek wall plates. Oriental Haveli also specializes in South Indian antiques such as Ghantas, ancient writing instruments, sharp weapons, bracelets, pocket watches, Malayalam literature on palm leaves, heritage wooden pillars and doors, hand crafted wooden cradles, stained-glass bedside lamps and bronze sculptures.
Where: No. 47/A, 4th Block, 17th Main, Koramangala
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1 comments

Shantharaju.K Sep 29th, 2010 01:41 PM

I have visited Tarang,its amaging Very good collection and friendly staff, very reasonable price, we will visit again 

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