Doon walls get new look with work by over 200 artists

  • | Wednesday | 6th December, 2023

Dehradun: Under the Smart City initiative, several artists have been commissioned to paint the walls of Dehradun with scenes depicting natural landscapes, cultural traditions, monuments and folk art. These artists from states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh will bring a unique perspective to the cityscape.Prasad Achari, 48, a native of Pune, is one such painter who has been doing wall paintingssince he was 12 years old.I started by painting movie posters in Mumbai. Then I started commercial wall painting and gradually shifted to theme-based ones, Achari said.Indias achievements in space and engineering are showcased on a 600-metre stretch from Survey Chowk to Curzon Road. The Eastern Canal Road walls highlight the significance of primary education, which, Shefali Juyal, nodal officer, Smart City project says, is part of the child-friendly city project and work has been done in two phases since this January to make the city more attractive.A stroll on Cross Road brings alive the rich folk culture of Garhwal and Kumaon, vividly depicting various facets —attire, dances, and local festivals. The Char Dham shrines, local deities, and festivals also find space on walls.Embracing the regions heritage, Aipan art, in which only two colours (white and maroon) are used, graces a significant part of the road wall to the overhead tank.A majority of the work has been executed by the Municipal Development and Dehradun Authority across 12 city stretches. Twelve contractors from across the country were roped in, each engaging more than 200 artists. The theme for the art has varied from location to location, said Sudhir Gupta, spokesperson, MDDA.Addressing concerns about the artworks longevity, Achari said, We used high-quality HD paint which lasts for at least three years, even with adverse weather conditions. The colour used in wall painting costs Rs 7,000 for a 20-litre bucket.(With nputs from Tanmayee Tyagi)We also published the following articles recentlyBJPs MLA-elect inspects meat shops in Walled CityBJPs Balmukund Acharya, the newly elected MLA of Hawa Mahal assembly seat, inspected meat shops in the Walled City of Jaipur, questioning the sale of meat in the open. He checked licenses and addressed complaints of waste dumping. Acharya also visited Subhash Chowk, Ramganj Bazaar, Old Amer Road, and other areas, urging municipal officials to enforce license regulations. Videos of his actions went viral, with Acharya highlighting the need to maintain cleanliness and prevent encroachment. However, human rights organization PUCL criticized him, stating that his actions were unconstitutional and threatened peoples food practices.Schools in posh locality have no boundary wall, rooms, washroomsLudhianas Government Primary School and Government High School in Sarabha Nagar lack boundary walls, classrooms, infrastructure, and sanitation facilities. The primary school accommodates 800 students in 9 classrooms, using a storeroom as a makeshift classroom. The students sit on carpets or study in corridors. There is a scarcity of rooms, especially for kindergarten students. The high school, with 371 students, also suffers from the absence of a boundary wall. The encroachment issue hampers the construction of the boundary walls.DreamFolks partners with Russias Grey WallDreamFolks, an airport and travel services aggregator, collaborates with Grey Wall, an airport and lounge service aggregator in Russia. The partnership aims to enhance the travel experience for passengers across borders. DreamFolks clients can access Grey Walls ecosystem of lounges and services in Russia, providing a frictionless experience. Grey Wall benefits from DreamFolks client network, increasing footfall at their lounges. This collaboration sets new industry benchmarks for customer-centric travel experiences in India and Russia.

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