HERD Foundation commemorated the very inspirational Mural Artwork created at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport at Nagpur, dedicating it to the three little girls who are the face of the thematic visual depiction on girl-child and women empowerment. The mural completed in record 13 days is the brainchild of Dr Suchika Gupta Deshmukh, MD, HERD Foundation.
The ground breaking event held on Saturday, February 18 at arrivals lounge of the airport stands out as an innovative project undertaken inside the airport terminal, a first of its kind! The swift ceremony bore semblance to a flashmob presentation in the tightly-secured precinct. For both invitees and hosts it was an incredible experience that had everyone enjoying the artistic interlude.
HERD Foundation invited keen art lovers of Nagpur to be part of the inauguration, bringing forth bureaucrats, corporate leaders, women leaders, educationists, doctors, entrepreneurs, media people and well known city dignitaries to enjoy the mural. Dr Suchika Deshmukh spelled out the background of how the project came to its successful completion.
Invited speakers shared their thoughts and opinions about the mural artwork. The faces of the girls painted were 3 of 150 children who actually drew their aspirations on paper that were later replicated by artists on the wall. The original children’s drawings were on display at the function. The skill of key artist Augustina Droze, Fulbright Scholar from USA whose specialty is painting photographically, was instrumental in creating larger than life faces of Payal, Sonali and Kashish – portraying Contemplation, Hope and Conviction.
The design elements of the mural included children’s drawings and girls braids as repetitive features with blank spaces providing art-relief highlighting the creativity. The thematic representation in line with HERD Foundation’s vision is close to Dr Suchika’s heart. Knowing full well that not all girls and women get a privileged platform in life, she had to draw attention to the majority of women in need of empowerment.
Gender bias is prevalent and deeply embedded in all cultures, economies, political and social institutions. Even today women and girls face unacceptable levels of discrimination that apart from being wrong, also prevent them from playing their full part in society. The airport appeared to be a perfect place to project the theme to be used as a telling backdrop. The passionate contributions by volunteer artists who worked tirelessly made it possible to complete the artwork in 13 days!
Never perhaps in the history of airports in India has such an event taken place, to the best of our knowledge. HERD Foundation encourages passengers and visitors to stop a while and enter the innocent minds that conceived the blueprint of this enormous artwork conveying important messages in an engaging manner. HERD Foundation is proud to produce India’s First Community Art Mural at an Airport that surely adds to the stature of the airport and the city.