MS Maqtha in Hyderabad is indeed an art lovers’ haven.
The ‘Maqtha Art Festival’ has transformed the streets into an art gallery in the past few years. Now, the street walls are full of colorful murals.
And, when the art festival time came in for the third time, this year, it made things even better. This initiative by St + Art India brought 3 foreign artists this year. One of them, Rouge traveled through the city and studied the people for 1 week before starting her work.
She said ” “The surrounding of this place demanded the use of certain colors. Hence, I used them and tried making it very aesthetic by displaying the drapes of saris being piled up. For me, this creation is figurative that is based on reality and represents the daily life while focusing on issues like gender inequality.”
In fact, her work was a mural painting of colorful saris. Moreover, Rouge depicted the colors that women in that locality wear through her work. She used bright reds, yellows, and earthy browns to illustrate this.
“It is a narrative; it is a story about how to represent a body without having the body presence. I wanted to be attentive and also respectful of the community here.”
Another artist, Ness Lee, from Canada depicted nature in her mural painting.
Also, she believes that street art and mural paintings have a lot to do with the community’s feelings and expectations.
Manolo Mesa from Spain made a mural with shades of blue and indeed it’s like fantasy!!
It’s interesting and kind of overwhelming to think of how artistic murals have transformed a city which once had no identity.
In fact, now, people navigate different corners of the city by using colors of the murals. For instance, there’s the ‘Green Gully’, ‘Yellow Gully’, ‘Pink Gully’, and ‘Blue Chowk’. And, these are all parts of a city!
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Source credits: The Hindu, telanganatoday.com, www.newindianexpress.com