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Chaan-Daar: Towards cleaner cities, an initiative by Pune Biennale Foundation, Panchshil Foundation

The project is based on the idea of ‘sundarta se swachta ki oor’ and is appropriately called ‘Chaan-Daar’- a simple term to convey the essence of the project, said Aswini Pethe, managing director of Pune Biennale foundation and curator for the project.

pune Updated: Dec 20, 2017 15:48 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
Chaan-Daar,Pune Biennale Foundation,Panchshil Foundation
Resident communities under ‘Chaan-Daar’ project are encouraged to participate in creating artworks in the neighbourhood.(HT PHOTO)

Yashwantnagar in Yerawada was teaming with people, all eagerly jostling for space to be closer to actor Jackie Shroff, who inaugurated Chaan-Daar, a place-making initiative taken up by the Pune Biennale Foundation and Panchshil Foundation for upliftment of public spaces in slums and settlements on December 17. Present with Jackie Shroff were Atul Chordia and Varsha Chordia. Pune Biennale Foundation president Vishwajeet Kadam, joint director Indranil Garai and managing director Ashwini Pethe were also present.

“This project is based on the idea of ‘sundarta se swachta ki oor’ and is appropriately called ‘Chaan-Daar’- a simple term to convey the essence of the project,” said Aswini Pethe, managing director of Pune Biennale foundation and curator for the project. It is a metaphorical opening of minds towards beautiful and clean living environment.

The ‘Chaan-Daar’ project is being developed in areas comprising Yashwantnagar, Netajinagar, old Kirkee Gaothan area and has a population of around 6,000 with 1,025 houses that range from shanties to three-storeyed redeveloped apartments.

One can see traditional Maharashtrian elements of design like wooden balcony railings, rangoli patterns to bring about a level of comfort and confidence among the residents and encouraged their participation.

Artists namely Abhinav Kafare, Sujata Usalkar and Sumit Abnave, Ulhas Kagade, Harishchandra Wanjale and local residents were chosen by the curatorial team to work on this project.

Another lane starting from the main road leading inside the settlements, is accentuated with a couple of selfie points by artists like Abhinav Kafare, Maialen Bergara, Gaston Zabala from Bilbao, Spain. The idea of introducing selfie points was to encourage participation and involvement of local residents. A concept of wall of fame is being executed by artist Harishchandra Wanjale along with children of this community.

Vishwajeet Kadam, said, “Chaan-Daar project will create a model of successful community engagement that can be followed across different cities in India.”

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 15:47 IST