In the week of 15th – 19th May 2017, the Jaya He GVK New Museum at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport presented a treat for travellers. Every day of the week, there was an artist creating a piece of art inspired by the museum and the city of Mumbai.
For those how don’t know about the airport, here’s a fact for you: it is undoubtedly beautiful from the outside.
But there are so many things to appreciate inside that it’s very possible to miss them on your way to your next flight.
Something that a lot of people miss is the Jaya He GVK New Museum. In an earlier article, we talked about how vast the museum inside the airport is and how beautiful and interactive the exhibits are. With its mix of old and new artefacts, it proved to be a great source of inspiration for the artists that came. Speaking about the artists, let’s talk a little about them and their work.
Saumya Shukla, our second artist is a student at NIFT, Mumbai. She’s into Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography. Below, you’ll see what she made and you can check out her Facebook page here or catch her work on Instagram here.
Shubham Kesur is a student in L. S. Raheja School of Arts, Bandra. Defining himself as an upcoming artist, his advice to everyone is ‘Go out and paint. You will know yourself better.’
Kanak Nanda is an artist and designer living in Mumbai. She works as a freelance graphic designer and a full-time artist creating original and commissioned artworks and murals. You can check her out on Facebook and Behance.
Anant Nanvare is an artist on IndieFolio Proxy. He creates Art in Spaces. He is a graduate of Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art. He is skilled in making installations and using unconventional materials to make his art.
The time and effort that the artists put into their live art was part of the airport’s celebrations for International Museum Day on May 18th, an annual event organised by the International Council of Museums. The day before International Museum Day saw the Mumbai Instagrammers come by and take a tour of the museum.
In addition to the art created, the airport also announced a new service inaugurated by Maharashtra Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal.
Travellers can now say hello to the ‘Jaya He Museum Safari’, a tour of the museum to enlighten passengers about India’s rich cultural heritage. Next time you are planning a trip that will take you through T2, CSIA, plan it near May 18. You could be pleasantly surprised with art and music or something new next year.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration without music. Musicians in the airport added a new layer of charm to the inauguration of the service by treating the transiting crowds to traditional music from Kutch.
The Jaya He GVK New Museum makes going early for your flight worth the time you spend in it. And there’s a case study to back that up, Alice Higgins (name changed) had to endure her fight being delayed for 3 hours. Normally, that would mean 3 hours of boredom but the museum provided her with a great way to pass her time. When she had to leave, it was with an enlightened mind and a newfound respect for Indian culture and art. We know about this experience because she wrote to the CSIA staff and told them about what happened.
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