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Gurgaon: Artists use Bhagavad Gita to give neglected wall a new life

A group of artists and students have come together to paint a wall with Bhagavad Gita images and shlokas.

gurgaon Updated: Dec 09, 2016 15:20 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
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Artists paint Arjuna on a wall in Civil Lines as part of the Gita Mahotsava that began in Gurgaon on Thursday.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

A group of artists and students have come together to paint a wall with Bhagavad Gita images and shlokas.

The initiative is aimed at keeping the area near Civil Lines from turning into a garbage dump. The team plans to give a makeover to other such neglected areas in the city as well.

The paintings have been done by the same artists who gave the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway a facelift ahead of the Happening Haryana Global Investors’ Summit in March.

Art director Hunny More along with the eight lead artists — Gaurav Lekhi, Ravi Koranga, Arpita Saha, Rohit Kumar, Nitesh Sisodia, Sushil Dabar, Aditya Nandan and Rishabh Bhardwaj — have been working on the 10,000 sqft wall over the last six days and it will take them two more days to complete the mural.

“We have been painting several walls in the city with a view to sensitise people about keeping the city clean and beautiful,” said Nitesh Sisodia, one of the artists.

The faces of Krishna and Arjuna, apart from the iconic image of two on the chariot, are being painted on the walls of Civil Lines as part of the three-day Gita Mahotsav that got under way in Gurgaon on Thursday.

The Verse 7 of Chapter 4 — Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata, abhyutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam Srjanu aham — is also being painted on the wall.

Three to four days are spent on completing one painting, the artists said. This is a voluntary work and the artists use normal acrylic paints for their masterpieces. The district administration is supporting the activity.

Gurgaon Municipal Commissioner TL Satyaprakash said, “The walls are being painted to send a message of harmony, peace and progress — the basic theme of Gita. Our society believes in coexistence and Karma, which are the essence of our social lives.”

Until now, the group, known as ‘Chitryog’, has painted 30,000 sqft of wall in the city, infusing the neglected and dilapidated walls with new life.

This group had earlier painted a mural titled, ‘Mission Leopard’, which was a first-of-its-kind in the city. Two leopards were brought to life with colours on a cylindrical water tank. “We always try to paint something unique,” More said. It took the artists 27 days to complete that mural.

“The idea behind the art work is to preserve an art form and also create awareness among the people to preserve their surroundings and lead a healthy life,” More said.

First Published: Dec 09, 2016 15:20 IST