MUMBAI, (GNI): As part of its public art initiative, RPG Art Foundation in partnership with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) today unveiled an 11 feet-tall sculpture of ‘Fishermen’ in Mahim, a central suburb of Mumbai.
Conceptualised by globally-acclaimed Kolkata-based sculptor Debanjan Roy, the sculpture is a tribute to one of Mumbai’s original inhabitants, the Koli fishing community. This 1500-kg work of art made with fibre glass and iron was inaugurated by veteran Indian actor Mr Rishi Kapoor and Mr Anant Goenka, Managing Director, CEAT Ltd and Management Board Member, RPG Enterprises.
The Koli community has thrived in their traditional Koliwada homes that embrace the sea. Their love for the sea is reflected in their dress, dance forms, settlements and cuisine. With their distinctive zest and vibrancy, they helped develop the city’s harbour and coastline when it was a cluster of seven islands.
“We want to create works that would be iconic and represent Mumbai in different ways. Debanjan’s Fishermen is a tribute to every member of this aboriginal fishing community stands for its zest and colour they bring into the lives of every Mumbaikar. I would wholeheartedly like to thank MCGM for supporting us and giving us the necessary permissions for making Mumbai more beautiful. An initiative of this mammoth proportion can only be accomplished with the unflinching support of the civic body,” said Harsh Goenka, Chairman, RPG Art Foundation.
About his work, eminent artist Debanjan Roy, said, “The crimson of the sculpture is my tribute to their joyous, indefatigable spirit the koli community brings to our lives.”
The artwork, which was brought in from Madhyamgram, a neighbourhood in Kolkata, West Bengal, is the results if 140 days of hard work put in by 17 people including artists, casters, painters and labourers.
In 2014 distinguished industrialist and art aficionado Mr Harsh Goenka entrusted RPG Art Foundation to come up with a plan to beautify public spaces in Mumbai. After much deliberation with stakeholders involving the civic authorities and the artist community at large, the idea of city beautification through public art was signed off.
About RPG Art Foundation: The RPG Art Foundation supports, encourages and promotes Indian art in various forms and has organised several art exhibitions for talented artists at prestigious venues such as the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. Every year since 1991, the foundation has hosted RPG Art Camp—an annual event, where artists from across the country come together to create inspiring works of art and interact with each other at Marve Beach, Mumbai. RPG Art Foundation embarked on an ambitious plan to beautify prominent traffic intersections of Mumbai city with contemporary art installations in 2014. For this the RPG Art Foundation has roped in some of India’s well-known as well as upcoming artists. There are plans to expand this project to arrive at a fascinating RPG ART CORRIDOR. ENDS