Fading cleanliness awareness murals in Mluru revived by Ramakrishna mission
Mangaluru: Curious about the fun painted walls found around you in Mangaluru town? They are the work of a growing tribe of artists who combine messages and pleasure. White cube has not passed but there are those who want to go beyond, whose canvas does not fit within the confines of a gallery. In Mangaluru, that clique of young and restless who claimed the streets and walls of the city and literally painted the city red. Look around and you’ll find it in most places on the walls of dilapidated buildings, under flyovers, colleges, and even on the walls of a college and police station. It mesmerized the city’s street art like never before.
A wall is a wall, whether plain, peeling or broken. But it is much more when painted with flowers, people’s culture and tradition, environmental awareness, citizens’ way of life, animals and mystical beings. This is called Street Art. Graffiti has also gone far beyond the single dimension of the wall and we can find paintings in other urban elements, turning angles and playing with perspectives creating dramatic effects and original dynamic scenes. It’s Street Art. The main purpose of Mural is to avoid littering, urinating, sticking movies and advertising posters on the walls, and also to beautify the city. The project also aimed to promote tourism. Curious to see fun painted walls around you in Mangaluru town?
(Ref: RKM-Swachh M’luru’ artists raise awareness through murals
WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE IN 2017..
WALL PAINTINGS HOW THEY LOOK LIKE IN 2021…
And one of those dilapidated walls that has been given a makeover with amazing murals is the 1350ft long compound wall running from Wenlock Government Hospital to the City Clock Tower. A team of 30 artists and volunteers from Aaditatva Arts- Mangaluru and Mahalas Arts School- Mangaluru, under the leadership of Shailesh Kotian and Vikram Shetty, have in the past painted on a few walls in the city. Many citizens appreciated and complimented these artists’ great artwork on the public walls, which aims to raise awareness of various issues had given a new look to this compound wall that stretches from the Hampankatta Circle to the Tower of the clock. Artists have given this wall an extreme makeover with paintings showing Kambala (Buffalo Race), Kudla culture and tradition, city coastline, Venkataramana temple car festival, etc., as well as messages to raise awareness about the cleanliness of Mangaluru. These artists breathed new life into neglected and dilapidated walls.
It was the Ramakrishna Swachh Mangaluru Abhiyan Mission that raised public awareness through painted murals on the 1350ft wall stretching from Wenlock Hospital to the Clock Tower-Mangalore as part of the 200th Swachh Mangaluru campaign. Bollywood actor Nana Patekar, along with Swamiji Nikeleshwarananda of Ramakrishna Math – Baroda and other eminent personalities were inaugurated on February 12, 2017.
After 5 long years, this wall art has been revived by the Swacch Mangaluru Foundation under the guidance of Ramakrishna Math Mangaluru. This will be the launch activity of the foundation. A total of 5350 m². feet of artwork from Wenlock Hospital to Clock Tower – Mangaluru. 30 artists from Mangaluru work on the artwork featuring social awareness, education, health, Tulu culture, Clean – Green Kudla, agriculture, local landmarks, monuments and others.
Sprucing up the walls along busy roads is the best way to express the seriousness of the people of Mangaluru in keeping the city clean. It’s also a way to support art and artists
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