Life-size murals changes perception of Chennai’s resettlement colony

Life-size murals changes perception of Chennai's resettlement colony



Chennai: Art has changed the entire look of the residence of 2004 tsunami survivors who live in Kannagi nagar, a resettlement colony, here. The walls have the designs of public, faces and expressions of the people, abstract art and especially, elements of marine life.

Delhi-based NGO had made it their project and painted the walls of the resettlement colony with life-size murals last year. The new colors and designs have given the streets a full makeover which now attracts the pair of eyes of every passerby. 

Not only the colors have changed the look of these walls but it has also contributed to change the perception about this area. 

In Kannagi Nagar on the outskirts of Tamil Nadu’s capital, dictates the day-to-day life of the people who survived tsunami and settled here. 

St+art India Foundation in collaboration with district officials worked on the project involving those of the community which resides here.

“We are part of an NGO based in Delhi. We work in promoting art in public spaces. Art has been confined to only private galleries and only niche people can afford it. We are trying to get art out of these convention gallery spaces and giving it back to the public,” said Ahemad, Assistant Project Manager of the St+art India Foundation. 

“It was known for its negative image earlier. Now when we search for Kannagi Nagar online, its all about art and all the positive things that happen here. Art is making change,” Ahemad said.

Emphasising that the project was not only aimed at painting facades, he said, “It’s not just about giving a makeover to the building but we also involve the people of the community here, give them skill-based workshops so that they also get exposure to art.”

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An artist from Mumbai, who was involved in the project, reiterated that art should find spaces in public areas as well.

“It took us 15 days to paint. We have to start with sketching and then a lot of time is spent on painting. Art should not remain within four walls. It should reach the common people. There is a need for this,” Mahesh Kamble.

(With inputs from ANI)

first published:March 13, 2022, 7:31 p.m.



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