To en­cour­age bud­ding artists, BMC to pro­vide open spa­ces as gal­leries

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Geeta De­sai geeta. de­sai@ dnain­dia. net

To pro­mote art and cul­ture, the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( BMC) will al­low the open art gal­leries, art cor­ners in the open spa­ces of the city so that the bud­ding artists, who can­not af­ford ex­pen­sive spa­ces, can avail tem­po­rary per­mis­sions for their shows.

Se­nior civic of­fi­cials said that the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion ac­knowl­edges the fact that the city has a strong bond with art and cul­ture and as civic ad­min­is­tra­tion they have to en­cour­age it. Re­vised Draft De­vel­op­ment Plan has given spe­cial im­por­tance to art and cul­ture in the city. Ram­nath Jha, of­fi­cer ap­pointed for the re­vi­sion of de­vel­op­ment plan, had said that civic au­thor­ity does not want art and cul­ture to cramp up in the city’s mu­se­ums and art gal­leries in the years to come. “Art and cul­ture should be in­cluded as com­mu­nity force and should be a part of the city like hall­mark of Euro­pean cities,” Jha added.

Open space on the sides of roads, chowks, gar­dens or other such open spa­ces which would not af­fect traf­fic move­ment would be spe­cially made avail­able for art, the­atre, mu­sic, cin­ema or other such per­form­ing arts, where artists can ex­press them­selves. “One such ex­per­i­ment has been done on a foot­path near Je­hangir Art Gallery in A ward. Sim­i­larly in Tul­si­das Ki­lac­hand Gar­den near Gir­gaum Chow­patty in D ward the bud­ding singers get an op­por­tu­nity to prac­tice their skills by stag­ing shows. Th­ese ex­per­i­ments are time tested and has been suc­cess­ful from quite some time,” said a civic of­fi­cial.

Now, sim­i­lar ex­per­i­ments will be repli­cated in dif­fer­ent ar­eas as per the re­quire­ments and pos­si­bil­i­ties. Th­ese pro­vi­sions will be made in DP ac­cord­ingly. “How­ever, ar­eas cho­sen will be close to ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes or any Her­itage Struc­tures. This pro­ject will give not only give en­cour­age­ment to bud­ding artists, but will ac­tu­ally help them to pro­vide a for­mal plat­form for prac­tis­ing their art forms,” said a se­nior civic of­fi­cial.

Pic for rep­re­sen­ta­tional pur­pose only

The re­vised Draft DP has given spe­cial im­por­tance to art and cul­ture in the city

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