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BMC brings art to the parks in your neighbourhood

The civic body has launched an initiative to bring traditional art and culture to the parks and gardens in your neighbourhood. The initiative will have art and craft workshops, open-art gallery, music and dance performances showcasing the traditional, folk and classical art forms of the country.

mumbai Updated: Dec 11, 2016 00:41 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
The civic body has launched an initiative to bring traditional art and culture to the parks and gardens in your neighbourhood. The initiative will have art and craft workshops, open-art gallery, music and dance performances showcasing the traditional, folk and classical art forms of the country.
The civic body has launched an initiative to bring traditional art and culture to the parks and gardens in your neighbourhood. The initiative will have art and craft workshops, open-art gallery, music and dance performances showcasing the traditional, folk and classical art forms of the country. (HT)

The civic body has launched an initiative to bring traditional art and culture to the parks and gardens in your neighbourhood. The initiative will have art and craft workshops, open-art gallery, music and dance performances showcasing the traditional, folk and classical art forms of the country.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has joined hands with the Indian Heritage Society (IHS) for the organisation of the art and culture show. After the successful organisation of such initiatives by the IHS three years ago, the BMC has partnered with the organisation to spread the initiative titled “Art in the Park” across the city.

Making use of open spaces as a medium for community participation, the open-air events will also have music and dance performances showcasing traditional, folk and classical art forms besides quilling, diya making, hand-puppet making among others.

Anita Garware, chairperson of the IHS, said, “We keep grumbling about the lack of open spaces in the city, but do not even make use of the space available. We have been conducting these events with the local participation and sponsorship. The BMC is now helping us by providing these open spaces.”

Recently, an event was held at the Veer Ratna Baji Prabhu Udyan or Narali Baug in Dadar West. The next event is scheduled to be held at the Priyadarshini Park in Napean Sea road on December 17 and 18. At Priyadarshini Park, the events scheduled include various dance performances and workshops in block painting, decorative caps, gardening, pottery and photography for children.

The open-art gallery arranged in these events provides a platform for budding students from JJ School of Arts, Rachana Sansad and the LS Raheja School of Arts. The event also sees performances by municipal school students and specially-abled children.

Ajoy Mehta, municipal commissioner said, “The BMC is of the opinion that art should be made accessible to a larger audience. Initiatives like these help us achieve this objective. We will continue to support “Art in The Park” if people appreciate the initiative in large numbers.”

The BMC is currently in the process of undertaking the open spaces earlier given on its controversial adoption policy. Its open-spaces policy that allows third-party caretakers to maintain open spaces on a set of conditions is to be tabled before the general body in BMC. The general body comprises all the 227 corporators in the city.

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