It rained awards as artists showcased their talent at the inauguration of the annual art festival of the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) and Reliance’s ‘Maajhi Metro’.
The 21-day long art festival, which was flagged off on Saturday, had aspiring poets, painters and photographers exhibiting their works in a special ‘art train’. The moving exhibition will continue even after the festival is over.
Awards were given in three categories- photography, painting and poetry. The chief guest of the function was U.P.S Madaan, Metropolitan Commissioner of the MMRDA.
“You can notice the difference between other railway platforms and metro platforms. Such initiatives make the experience even better. The response was overwhelming, with double the entries compared to last year,” said Madaan.
Actor Tisca Chopra was the guest at the event. “This is world-class art. These people [the participants] should be in Bollywood. The level of the participants is very high, be it in any category,” she said. “I am amazed at the metro’s cleanliness. It is as clean as my house. Not a speck of dust,” she added.
Photographers Ajay Salvi and Mukul Kashyap gave awards to their fellow winners while poet Sampurna Chattarji gave awards to the winning poets.
The festival received 16,000 entries in comparison to last year’s 8,000. The festival aims to make public transport such as the Mumbai Metro truly public, a space that is a melting pot for art and culture, where people come together to celebrate their creative side . The festival created a lot of buzz on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.