Karnataka's folk art forms to adorn the walls in Bangalore

Bangalore walls will soon sport a colourful and vibrant look. BBMP is trying revive folk art and had hired professionals to beautify the roads in the city. Art works will depict scenes of rural life and nature, in the distinct Warli style.

Karnataka's folk art forms to adorn the walls in Bangalore Photograph: GoogleKarnataka's folk art forms to adorn the walls in Bangalore Photograph: Google

In an initiative to add colour and
make the walls in Bangalore look vibrant, BBMP has embarked on the idea of painting city walls with colourful motifs and designs. As a part of this exercise, select walls along some main roads will be painted with pictures of murals, folk art, and designs inspired from the nature. This move will make the mundane walls get a character of its own and also will be pleasing to the eyes of motorists and commuters traveling on the road.

The first phase of the exercise will see dozens of artist from the city who will make roadside walls their canvas. The beautification exercise will have different themes. Public places such as compound walls and outer space of wall of private houses will be painted after taking their consent.  Also the whole stretch of West of Chord Road is being adorned with folk art. The minimalistic rust, white and yellow ochre of the painting work in progress along a small stretch of the West of Chord Road-Magadi Road underpass, towards Rajajinagar, immediately stands out.

The 20-foot-tall works depict scenes of rural life and nature, in the distinct Warli style as well as that of Karnataka's folk art forms. Commissioned by the Bangalore Development Authority that has constructed the underpass, BDA Public Relations Officer K. Puttaswamy says the wall-paintings are a continuation of the work started by Commissioner Bharat Lal Meena when he was in the BBMP. The project was sanctioned to promote "heritage paintings", with special emphasis on making the paintings "visually and aesthetically pleasing", he adds.

According to him, this project was sanctioned at Rs. 9 a sq. ft with an estimated 3,000 sq. ft of wall to cover. Only this time, the wall painting has been executed and supervised by a professional artist, who was chosen following a tender process over a month ago.C. Ramesh, fine arts professional from Bangalore trained in visual communication, has made these walls his canvas. He says he hopes to make the public road, ‘a kind of gallery for folk art’. He further added, “Art usually becomes part of private collections and is inaccessible. At least the public can see our culture. It is education cum art,”

A team of around 10 is involved in the project, many of them trained in the fine arts, other painters hired at a weekly rate. While acknowledging that most people would zip past with barely more than a glance, Ramesh believes that rather than being a distraction, the use of white paint and simple colours would come as a "visual relief" to motorists. Surrounded by Namma Metro barricades and dug up roads, these paintings may be the only visual relief for the few commuters venturing here for now.

Source: The Hindu
Tags: bbmp, culture, folk art to adorn walls in bangalore, warli art, murals, fine arts professional


deepali potdar Dec 22nd, 2010 12:12 PM

as a warli artist i would also like to be a part of this wall painting.

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