Art students from BHU are on a mission to convert filthy places into art works
Swati Chandra | May 18, 2015 | New Delhi
Nature and its elements have taken the place where there was once filth and heaps of garbage.
Initiating the concept of public art in the holy town of Varanasi, visual arts students from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) led by their professor Suresh K Nair have painted beautiful wall murals on shabby walls across the temple town.
“Public art is permanent and accessible to everyone. People who pass by will see it. It’s a direct mode of conversation between artists and the people. We are using this to create awareness towards environment and cleanliness,” says Nair.
“We have named it the ‘Earth project’. Unlike conventional murals depicting mythological tales and legends, these under the ‘Earth Project’ have a symbolic resemblance to nature and its elements.”
The group started from a private school adjacent to the university campus. A portion of the school ground was muddy and had become a garbage dump. The school administration got in touch with Nair and his team, and they decided to transform the area.
The artists decided to erect a wall and paint murals representing five elements of nature. Symbols like fish, birds, human body and mirror to make it visually appealing and add a sense of playfulness. The green coloured 20 ft x 40 ft wall mural is the first ecology-based work in the country.
The idea behind this was to impart basic awareness and knowledge about nature and increase sensibility towards it among the school students. From then onwards, the team is working towards identifying and transforming filthy serpentine lanes and roads in the old city areas.
“We are trying to involve locals into this work. If they will participate, they will have a sense of ownership and it will be easier to convince others as well,” Nair informed. Communities, organisations, residents of several colonies have in fact identified their own places and approached the team to prepare wall murals.
Apart from painting, the team is making sure that the area remains clean and keeping dust bins and billboards to maintain the place and art works.
These artist’s have not confined their works to Varanasi only. The team has made a similar wall mural at a government primary school premises in Puducherry. Another mural depicting the story of partition has been erected near Wagah Border.
Television news these days has a loose relationship with truth, says senior journalist, columnist and author Vir Sanghvi, adding that it is not telling the truth and polarising opinions. In a live webcast with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now, during the Visionary Talk series held by
Dust and Smoke: Air Pollution and Colonial Urbanism: India, c. 1860-1940 By Awadhendra Sharan Orient BlackSwan, xxiv+320 pages, Rs 795 Air pollu
India has been witnessing a sluggish demand growth for power amidst COVID-19. It has affected both thermal as well as renewable energy (RE) sector. While thermal sector (coal) plant load factor (PLF) is coming down continuously amidst no new generation building up, renewable energy held its ground through
Maharashtra Veej Grahak Sanghatana, a state-level coordination committee of industrial associations and power consumers, has approached the state government for urgent intervention on key concerns after Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission on December 9 published the draft of the MERC (Electricity
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has launched the largest tunnel boring machine (TBM) for the Mumbai Coastal Road project at Priyadarshini Park, in Malabar Hill area of South Mumbai. Called Mavala, the TBM having the largest diameter and the first of its size to be used in the cou
Antony Waste Handling Cell (AWHC) has been offering its services in handling municipal solid waste (MSW) across India for the past 19 years. When AWHC made its initial public offer (IPO) during December 21-23, it was subscribed 15 times. Why the sudden interest in this IPO? Did the market rightly and exped