The walls of NTPC un­der­pass in Noida have a tale to tell of Kal­pavrik­sha in Pat­a­chi­tra

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - MY CITY - Henna Rakheja

As a Del­hi­ite, if you take pride in your city’s street art, then you might want to ven­ture fur­ther be­cause now Noida’s walls are go­ing to look cre­ative, too. Of late, if you got a chance to cross the 640-me­tre Na­tional Ther­mal Power Cor­po­ra­tion (NTPC) un­der­pass, then you must have spot­ted a dash of colour on its usu­ally bland walls. Well, that’s be­cause now Noida is get­ting a taste of pub­lic art; and the first in this line is this un­der­pass lo­cated at the cross­ing of sec­tors 25A, 24, 33A and 22.

Vil­lagers cel­e­brat­ing, sol­diers rid­ing ele­phants, peo­ple pray­ing to Lord Gane­sha are some of the im­ages that have come up on the walls here. Con­tours of Kal­pavrik­sha (wish-ful­fill­ing tree) have also been formed. All this work is by two artists — Ku­nal Jain and Lax­man Singh Bisht — who are ex­e­cut­ing this project, which is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Noida au­thor­i­ties and a pri­vate mu­seum of art in Delhi.

Ra­jeev Tyagi, GM of the Noida au­thor­ity, says that the idea be­hind in­tro­duc­ing art to Noida’s walls was sim­ple: “Peo­ple from pan In­dia are here, and we wanted to ac­cus­tom them to the rich her­itage of In­dian art. Also, main­te­nance was be­com­ing high, so we thought let’s do some­thing cre­ative.” He adds, “Since the artists started work­ing on this project, and even be­fore the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the ren­o­vated un­der­pass, peo­ple stopped over to click self­ies with the art­work in the back­drop.”

The artists — alumni of Jamia Mil­lia Is­lamia univer­sity — feel elated to be part of this project. Artist Ku­nal Jain, 29, from Delhi, says, “It took us around 22 days to com­plete this art­work.” Lax­man Singh Bisht, 28, a res­i­dent of Farid­abad, who took care of the de­sign lay­out, says, “On site, there were around 10-12 artists daily, who worked from 5.30am to 8.30pm, and even late night.”

The artist duo has ear­lier cre­ated pub­lic art in other parts of the Cap­i­tal in­clud­ing Nehru Park and a fly­over near Delhi Gate. Ac­cord­ing to sources, there are a to­tal of 22 projects on sim­i­lar lines that will be taken up to redo Noida’s walls, in­clud­ing some of the metro sta­tions in this NCR. But, the au­thor­i­ties aren’t dis­clos­ing the de­tails.

Sol­diers rid­ing ele­phants and peo­ple pray­ing to Lord Gane­sha are some of the art­works seen on the un­der­pass lo­cated at the cross­ing of sec­tors 25A, 24, 33A and 22

Artists Ku­nal Jain and Lax­man Singh Bisht took around 22 days to com­plete the Pat­a­chi­tra art­works on walls

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