Over eight tribal villagers from Dahanu will be travelling to Santa Cruz station every day this week. Reason? To paint the traditional Warli art at the station. Similarly, more people will be visiting various stations to put on display their creative skills while beautifying stations.
The ‘Hamara Station, Hamari Shaan’ initiative will transform 36 railway stations in a week. The project is started by NGOs, Mumbai First and Making A Difference (MAD) Foundation, along with Western and Central Railways.
Speaking about the initiative at Santa Cruz, Viren Shah, a resident, said: “We are thankful to the Roshni Foundation for getting the tribal artists to draw Warli paintings near the booking office. Commuters will be able to see paintings related to tribal art, nearby famous spots like Juhu, Kalina University, military camp, yoga centre and the famous Mario Miranda artwork.”
Fifteen stations between CST and Thane on the Central line and 21 on the Western line – from Churchgate to Dahisar – will be beautified during this initiative, which will highlight the history of every station.
Selfie points at every station will be an attraction for commuters. Besides selfie points, every station will have theme-based paintings.
Talking about the painting which will be displayed in Andheri, Amit Narsana, team leader, said: “Andheri is one of the most crowded stations and the selfie point there will say ‘Andheri never sleeps’. We have a map wall which will not only spot the famous places in the area but also help commuters locate bus and auto-rickshaw spots. On the platform, artists will write safety messages for commuters. One of the bridges will be a walk-way to keep the art and music tradition alive.”
Volunteers in Vile Parle have given a tagline for the artwork – Vile Parle, Jee le Parle. Talking about the artwork, Avinash Mishra, said: “We are focusing our theme on music, education and art. It will create awareness among commuters about traditional music and art.”
Shishir Joshi Chief Executive Officer, Mumbai First, one of the organisers, said: “This has all the makings of the world’s most massive Public Private People Partnership initiative and which has truly unified Mumbai, creating a sense of ownership.
“In a way, I hope this will pave the way for a behavioral change for the better too. We are grateful to the railways and have expressed our solidarity by having station superintendents inaugurate the work at all stations.”