Local railway stations across Mumbai are grabbing the attention of commuters, and are compelling people to stand up and take notice. Two city-based NGOs, Mumbai First and Making A Difference Foundation, brought together 25,000 volunteers to turn the dull and lifeless premises of 36 stations into art hubs.
We hopped in and out of the local trains, travelling from Churchgate to Dahisar on the western line, and from Masjid Bunder to Thane on the central line, to photograph the magnitude of this initiative, titled Hamara Station, Hamari Shaan, and were left awestruck with what we witnessed. Here, we’ve managed to list down some of the best-looking stations that have undergone an arty facelift. Each station is painted based on a theme, and also conveys socially relevant messages.
Theme: Urging people to become responsible citizens
Theme: Art, music and culture
Station: Vile Parle
Theme: Education and yoga
Theme: The mood of the city and Warli art
Theme: The flower market in Dadar
Theme: Wellness and social awareness
Theme: Wildlife and environment conservation