Modern life in a metropolitan is often characterised by a constant rush and inevitable daily routine. Monotony sets in as the black, white and grey hues of our concrete jungle do little to uplift our spirits. Perhaps that is why more and more public art, street art and murals are slowly creeping up across Mumbai city, and in fact the entire country. The facades of peeling plaster are rejuvenated by a splash of colour, brightening up not just the neighbourhood but also creating a collective public experience of the art. Passersby get a few seconds of respite from the daily blues, perhaps bonding with strangers over the shared experience – just a few of the incredible aspects of democratising art, taking it out of the museums and into the streets for all to see.
Bandra has grown to become synonymous with street art as beautiful murals have taken over walls across the neighbourhoods. The latest addition to the collection is on Waroda Road, at the Haiku JAM office building.
The wall art stands emblematic of Haiku JAM’s own creativity and work’s mission. Theirs is a creative app that allows users to collaborate and create unique poems with people from around the world. In the same vein, Bade Moochwale, a Pune-based collective, captured their ethos in vibrant shades of yellow, orange and white featuring short poems in Hindi and English.
“The artwork includes and has been wholly inspired by poems created in the HaikuJAM app, and will now spread our community’s beautiful thoughts onto the streets and beyond,” they wrote on Facebook. You can check out the beautiful artwork at 36 Waroda Rd, Bandra West, and watch its creation on YouTube, posted by Abhinav Kafare, founder of Bade Moochwale.
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