Saturday, May 9, 2009

Bhubaneswar Wall Paintings - Tales of Orissa

Bhubaneswar is more beautiful now with many of its walls beautifully painted. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken up this activity since almost a year now. Some of the paintings are master pieces of art. The paintings have been weather coated and would last 5-7 years.

This has been a mutually beneficial program for both the BMC as well as the painters it hires. Qualified artists who were not able to arrange even 30 rupees a day for livelihood are now getting a steady source of income from the BMC. This has also served as a showcase of their talent and orders from other sources have also started to trickle in.

The face of Bhubaneswar has taken a new form in recent times under the able guidance of Ms. Aparajita Sarangi, the present BMC Commissioner. Roads are cleaner, vending and no-vending zones have been clearly demarcated. Road side vendors have been provided neat permanent shops in vending zones. Traffic has been better regulated and numerous directions put up in most roads. I sincerely hope for the continuation of the good work; there is a lot more to be done, and this is a very good beginning.

I had taken quite a few pictures of the wall paintings during my recent visit to Bhubaneswar. I intend to categorize them and present them in the next few posts as a narration of the culture of Orissa. This is not yet an exhaustive showcase of all wall paintings of Bhubaneswar. In case you have some pictures that I have missed, and wish to contribute them here, you are most welcome.

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