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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The 'originals Creativity' at a Metro station near you soon

Creativity is on track, so to say, at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. The capital's urban train operator will, in the first effort of its kind, curate and showcase original works by Indian artists at several Delhi Metro stations.

The project, which is part of the Phase III of the Delhi Metro expansion, has drawn a tremendous response, according to DMRC spokesman Anuj Dayal.

"Delhi Metro came out with an advertisement in April this year, asking artists to send in original artwork to be put up at nine metro stations," said Dayal.

The original artwork will be artwork will be reproduced digitally on glass before being put up for exhibition at the stations. In response to the advertisement, 50 artists submitted 654 pieces of artwork. A committee consisting of experts from the Delhi College of Art and Lalit Kala Academy and senior DMRC officials sifted through the submissions, and narrowed down the selection to 365 images, made by 36 artists.

Nine stations on Line 7 -the Phase III corridor running from Mukundpur to Shiv Vihar -will have on display between 26 and 37 images each of the chosen oeuvre.

The stations selected are Netaji Subhash Place, Shalimar Bagh, Naraina, Sarojini Nagar, INA, South Extension, Vinobapuri, Ashram and Hazrat Nizamuddin.

Besides these 365 pieces, Delhi Metro will also put up for public show paintings by its inhouse artists.

The pieces created by Del hi Metro's talent ed staff will be exhibited at be exhibited at the Lajpat Na gar and Bhika ji Cama Place metro stations, said Dayal.

Interestingly though, Line 7 will not be the first corridor in the Delhi Metro network to high light the artistic side of life. DMRC has already done its bit to promote art and culture through other mediums at its existing stations.

For instance, it has showcased different types of textiles in some stations, like the one at INA, where installations on the textile traditions of the country have been created. In other stations, like Mandi House or ITO, the history of the surrounding area has been put up, augmented by photo panels.

The DMRC spokesperson said that projects of this sort were attempts to include the rich cultural traditions of the country in the rail network through various types of installation. In a similar vein, Delhi Metro had earlier asked students and artists to paint murals on pillars and walls of the stations.

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