New Delhi, October 3 (PTI) From flyovers to metro pillars, many of Delhi’s urban infrastructures have been adorned with colorful murals and paintings, transforming them into vibrant canvases carrying social messages.
A side wall from a flyover in the Kashmere Gate area depicts a girl slumped on a carpet reading a book, while one in Nehru Place in south Delhi has a mural depicting Qutub Minar next to it. ‘a smoking factory.
As part of the Swachh Bharat mission, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation embellished the walls of the bustling Nehru Place flyby with colorful murals on the theme of heritage and environmental concerns.
Some of the iconic landmarks depicted on either side of the ramps in this flyby include the Gateway of India, the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and Jantar Mantar.
“The idea is to reflect the rich cultural heritage of our country and to send a social message to people to celebrate our heritage while keeping the city clean,” a senior city official said on Sunday.
Public walls are often used by many people to urinate, and the Swachh Bharat mission also seeks to curb this practice and encourage citizens to use public toilets.
To protect the paintings from the impact of pollution, the walls were coated with anti-carbonation paint, officials said.
The murals in the Nehru Place flyby also depict issues of pollution and environmental degradation.
Clear blue skies, lush green surroundings were depicted alongside an image of Qutub Minar, a World Heritage Site south of Delhi, along with two refueling machines and a two-wheeler parked alongside, to pass the message on the need to reduce pollution.
Another segment of the artwork shows an electric vehicle standing outside a smoking factory, sending a message about the need to switch to cleaner fuels.
Many commuters and passers-by could be seen turning their heads to admire it in transit or stopping to take a few photos.
In the Kashmir Gate in North Delhi, the region’s civic body came up with a huge mural depicting a stack of books and a girl reading under an electric lamp on the ramp of the ISBT flyover.
But it is not art for the sake of art and the social message of educating girls is aesthetically integrated into it. The artwork was installed as part of a project of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) in partnership with Delhi Street Art.
The 200-meter-long, 20-foot-high mural also has a Hindi slogan running through the wall – “Wah jo Andhere ko Roushan Karti Hai, Wah jo Jeevan ka Srot hai: Wah ek Beti hai” (One who dispels the darkness, the one who is the source of life is a girl).
âA strong and clear message on girls’ education has been sent to the people of Delhi through this work of art,â said Shashanka Ala, Deputy District Commissioner City-Sadar Paharganj of NDMC.
Delhi Street Art, a collective of artists has already carried out similar projects in the national capital.
In 2017, he had worked with a group of deaf people in the city to transform part of a lackluster exterior wall from a major flight over South Delhi into a vibrant canvas, encrusted with a strong and clear social message – the deafness is normal and sign language is not taboo.
Ala said the message of the mural is to encourage a girl’s education. It shows the transition from darkness to light for the generation, investing in books and education for children, especially girls, the deputy commissioner said.
“The mural also illustrates the need to revive our classics, to pass on valuable cultural and historical lessons to our children and to help them fly,” she said.
Among the pile of books pictured on the wall are ” Rancharitmanas ”, ” Mahabharat ”, ” Great Expectations ”, ” Meghdoot ”, ” Godan ”, as well as books on multiple subjects .
In August, the NDMC also produced a series of murals on the pillars of Pitampura metro station, northwest of Delhi, depicting Indian sportsmen who won medals at the Tokyo Olympics.
Gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, flying ace PV Sindhu and other Indian sportsmen who brought laurels to India at the Tokyo Games were honored with murals.
A senior official said that the NDMC had previously used the art to salute the contributions of doctors, nurses, police personnel and other “Corona warriors” who acted as a virtual shield to protect people during this. COVID-19 pandemic.
âIn addition, on the walls of a crematorium in the Panchkuian region, works of art were made earlier depicting freedom fighters,â he said. PTI KND NSD
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