LARGER THAN LIFE

India Today - - LEISURE - —Ni­lan­jan Das

Born in So­la­pur in 1984, the mu­ral­ist Nilesh Kha­rade ran away from home— to paint other people’s walls. Next month, he’ll be cre­at­ing pub­lic art at the Bay Area Mu­ral fes­ti­val in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia.

Nilesh says he prefers to en­gage with ‘so­cial is­sues’. Like the larger-than-life mu­ral he cre­ated of a folk mu­si­cian beg­ging for his liveli­hood in Jaipur, and at the same spot where the man ac­tu­ally plays his mu­sic. End re­sult—the mu­ral made it im­pos­si­ble for the gov­ern­ment to ig­nore him. His Mumbai por­trait of Dadasa­heb Phalke—which mea­sures more than 120 feet—is re­port­edly Asia’s largest mu­ral. And in Bi­har, he painted the full 230x25 feet fa­cade of the Dhana­pur rail­way sta­tion with a trib­ute to the an­cient In­dian math­e­ma­ti­cian Aryab­hatta, prompt­ing a string of re­quests by the local vil­lagers to re­name the sta­tion in the ge­nius’s hon­our.

BANDEEP SINGH

t 3 3. Nilesh with his art work

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2. Graf­fiti of birds at a Delhi Metro sta­tion

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