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Rain wreaks havoc on art

Aakriti Sawhney, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 23, 2013
First Published: 10:55 IST(23/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:42 IST(23/7/2013)

The city’s art scene is flooded, and it isn’t good news. The Arpana Caur Private Museum, which houses some rare historical artworks that have been declared National treasure, suffered a big blow on Saturday evening. Almost all the works were destroyed by mismanaged floods from heavy rainfall.

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Museum authorities say eight-feet high water broke out in the museum from the backflow of the August Kranti Road nala (drain).

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/7/Painting-Aakriti.jpg“The nala was partly covered for Commonwealth Games. We had gone to court and the Central Environment Committee to prevent this as we had faced this disaster earlier too, at a minor scale, but in vain,” says the museum’s owner, artist Arpana Caur, adding, “The overflowing nala has not been cleaned for years despite repeated requests.” As a result, what lies floating about helplessly is a collection of some 400 rare paintings and sculptures.

“For four hours, from 3pm, we started begging for a pump to throw out the water; at 9pm we brought our own pump, but there was a powercut at 4am, hindering our efforts to save whatever we could. The MCD van and pump finally came at 6am on Sunday morning. I fear this is going to happen again because the big nalas are never cleaned in time and the backflow comes like a flood,” says Caur. When we contacted the officials, MCD and DDA passed the blame onto each other and refused to comment on the issue.


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