A new series of ceramic tile paintings on Chhattiscara-Srinagar’s Baghpat wall has been ranked number 1 in India, making it one of the highest-ranked tiles on the city’s most popular tourist site, Baghpati.
The mural was made with the help of a group of students from the Chhattistan Art Institute and the National Institute of Arts (NIA), the two institutions which built the wall, in collaboration with the Baghpur Municipal Corporation.
The students, who studied at NIA, were the first to take part in the project.
The team, which includes two students and two artists, has created a mural that has been sitting for about six months, as the mural was on display for about 10 years, said Baghpupta Mayor Gopal Bagchi.
“The students from NIA who helped me with this project, are really talented.
They know how to paint, and how to put their skills to good use,” said Bagchi, adding that they are also well-versed in the history of Baghpeti, which is located on the banks of the Yamuna river.
The students are also responsible for creating the three bronze sculptures, the first of which was painted in the late 1990s.
The first statue was commissioned by the then chief minister Raman Singh.
“I am proud to say that our new sculpture is the most expensive of the three, at a whopping Rs. 6.9 crore,” Bagchi said.
“The bronze sculpture was commissioned to commemorate the ‘Chhatisgarhi Durga Day’, the Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Durga Devi,” said NIA’s Head of Archaeology and Museums, Sankaran Thakur.
The second bronze statue was painted by an NIA artist, and is also located at the Bighpati city council office.
The third sculpture, which was commissioned last year by the city council, was painted last year.
“We had to buy the entire piece for Rs 5 crore.
But the team has now finished the bronze statue and will now have the final say on what it will be painted with,” Bagcha said.
According to Bagchi and his team, the city has spent Rs 5,000 crore to create the bronze statues and the bronze sculptures of the Durga statues.
“They were built at a cost of Rs 1 crore each, which makes them one of only two bronze sculptures in the country, which were not commissioned by any government department.
We have been able to save them from the clutches of the government, which can only be a good thing,” said Bghpupta mayor Bagchi