Mumbai airport to get piece of Kashmiri art
Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will soon get a piece of Kashmir. Around 1,000 sq ft murals of meticulous done paper mache and intricately carved wood work prepared over more than one year will be part of the country's first public art at the airport.Updated: Jun 01, 2013, 15:08 IST
Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will soon get a piece of Kashmir. Around 1,000 sq ft murals of meticulous done paper mache and intricately carved wood work prepared over more than one year will be part of the country's first public art at the airport.
"The airport authorities, for the first time, decided not to replicate Shangai or Dubai. We are putting up around 6,700 sq ft mural on the walls representing north India gateway, where we can make our craftsmen proud of their work. It is first public art work in the country," said Rajeev Sethi, scenographer, Mumbai International Airport Terminal-2.
Sethi, who is a Padma Bhushan awardee, said the airport was chosen for the public art "because it has round-the-clock security and maintains temperature.' The public art representing fine art from the northern part of the country will be spread over 1.5 km.
Srinagar on Thursday hosted a preview of the murals at Lal Ded Memorial Cultural Centre, which was built in 1906.
"The force of art and craft can create bonds of unity and cooperation between artisans of different areas and cultures. These arts and crafts act as brand ambassadors of civilization, heritage, culture and detail about the people, their living and status," said chief minister Omar Abdullah, while throwing open the preview for people of Srinagar.
A 32-by-16 ft paper machie has entire Srinagar on it with all its mosques, shrines, temples, forts and gurdwaras. "It took 14 artisans to prepare it for over one and a half year," said Fayaz Ahmad Jan, a local artist.
The paper machie work has outline of figures done in pure silver and gold. Around 60 Kashmiri artisans worked on the artwork.
Nilima Shaikh, a well-known Baroda based artist, who is also part of the project, said, "The artwork by Kashmir and Baroda's fine craftsmen will unravel signatorial style".
Describing Kashmir as Mecca of art, Sethi said, "This is an extremely emotional moment for me to see Kashmir art being part of the public art. I have learnt a lot from craftsmen in Kashmir since 70s".
Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) convent Saleem Beg said the artwork will go a long way to promote art of Kashmir. "The mural is of immense significance to Kashmir as it will be among the major attractions passengers from across the globe will get to see at the Mumbai airport," said Beg.
"Murals from Kashmir had died with the Buddhist era when it was popular. Paper machie was not mere restricted to boxes. It had larger canvass and that is returning to it again ," he added.
The art work will leave for Mumbai on June 3 and will adore the walls of the airport, likely to be thrown open in September this year. The work will expose rare breathtaking work of Khatamband, wooden ceiling with geometrical designs, Pinjara and raised paper machie. Entire old city's Hari Parbhar carved on one piece of wood.