Contemporary Metro Stations

India Today Media Institute

Written by- Akriti Anand

Apart from historical monuments in Delhi, which have been a major attraction for the citizens as well as tourists for many years, the metro stations in the capital has now become another eye catching section for the people. DMRC, in collaboration with an artist from Rome, Agostino Iacurci, initiated the idea of promoting art and culture on the walls of metro stations. This promotion in the form of graffiti, museums, display of handicrafts and many other forms is now to be seen at every two out of three metro stations in the capital state. The decision of utilizing the space and commuter’s time while travelling has proved to be a successful strategy, aimed at educating people and at the same time entertaining the passer bys.

The station at Green Park has turned out to be a collection of photographs, line drawings and small installations depicting the area, its monuments and crafts. The exhibition there depicts the life of Hauz Khas and Shahpurjat precincts. At the same time, the INA metro station presents murals and paintings shortlisted by the Ministry of textiles and crafted by National Award-winning craftsmen and painters. Furthermore, the metro museum at Patel Chowk never fails to influence the passengers to halt and give a quick glance to it. In addition to such creativity, the display of shawl map of Shrinagar made entirely out of terracotta stars is a unique aspect added to the station at Race Course. Moreover, Barakhamba station exhibits the history of 12 pillar building through its graffiti and paintings. Influenced by the street art, Govind Puri showcases the bold street art on the walls to give a nice treat to the eyes of the commuters. Apart from art and culture, the Vishwavidyalay station which inhabits a book store run by Sahitya Academy has become an attraction for many students as well as teachers. Such innovative efforts to make the art and culture of different states get acknowledged on a larger platform, has helped immensely in the promotion of the traditions for the education as well as for the entertainment purpose.

 

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Picture Credits- Hindustan Times

 

About the Author- Akriti Anand is a trainee journalist at India Today Media Institute.

Published by- Shubhrika Bahadur Satyawakta


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