Thirty-five walls across the city of Navi Mumbai will depict the prominent literature of Marathi poets in the form of calligraphy.
To promote Marathi literature and encourage residents to take up reading, the city administration has some segments of Marathi Abhangs (devotional poetry) inscribed on city walls. Students from art schools like JJ School of Arts and Thane School of Arts were enlisted for calligraphy.
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has undertaken extensive beautification work which includes murals among other things. The idea of inscribing poems on the walls is another initiative to add to the aesthetic appeal of the city.
“We use artists and calligraphers to represent the literary work in an attractive way. Outstanding works of literature have been identified and artists have been invited to portray the beauty of these works of art in the form of calligraphy,” said City Engineer Sanjay Desai.
The walls along Palm Beach Road, the city’s prominent chowks, popular picnic spots like Vashi’s mini seaside and Wonder Park in Nerul are the areas identified for writing Abhangs. Currently, the students have displayed their talent on 10 walls and in the next 15 days, the work on the remaining 25 walls will be completed.
Some of the poems to be inscribed on the walls include abhangs written by renowned poets like Kusumagraj, Govindagraj, Suresh Bhat, Vinda Karandikar and Sant Dnyaneshwar. The NMMC recently commissioned renowned calligrapher Achyut Palav to inscribe the poem glorifying the Marathi language by Sant Dnyaneshwar Aisi Akshare Rasikhe on the walls of the NMMC headquarters.
“It is one of the many beautiful writings of Sant Dnyaneshwar that depict the beauty and intensity of the Marathi language. Such paintings should arouse curiosity and inspire residents to learn more about the artwork” , said an official involved in the work.
Residents enjoyed the activity. “It is a good initiative to promote Marathi literature. After seeing the calligraphy of the Sant Dnyaneshwar poem, I went to Google what the poem meant. Even the manner in which the subject is presented through calligraphy is commendable in itself,” said Shrija Das, 38, a resident of Nerul.