Week long workshops, tours and performances starting May 15
Mumbai, May, 2017: To commemorate the vast diversities of India’s cultural industries, GVK MIAL’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, the metropolitan’s integrated terminal that hosts India’s largest public art program – Jaya He, will organize a weeklong passenger engagement activities at the iconic Terminal 2, starting May 15th, to mark the World International Museum Day. This is for the first time that such a unique initiative will be taken by any international airport within its premises.
Organized annually on May 18 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), this initiative is a collective effort by museum communities across the globe to raise awareness about the significant role that museums have played in the shaping and development of societies.
Drawing inspiration from this year’s theme of “Museums and contested Histories: Saying the unspeakable in Museums”, MIAL has planned a host of exquisite activities for travelers which will include workshops, tours, and folk/traditional musical performances. Through this initiative, the airport aims to apprise passengers about India’s unheard legacies, narratives, historical background and facilitate cultural exchanges amongst travelers transiting through the city.
In addition to this, with the objective of fostering an interest in India’s multicultural legacy through artistic expression, well-known artists and architects from the city will engage with students to enlighten them about the fusion of art and architecture in the context of India’s rich culture and history. The Jaya He Museum previously conducted an educational outreach programme by hosting 200 school students, in the 12-14 year age group, from across the city.
During the week, the airport has also arranged a ‘museum safari’ for travelers and passengers, reiterating the airport’s commitment in this direction. The program entails a brief 15-minute tour of the various artifacts and installations across four levels at the airport. This initiative will give travelers a chance to get a glimpse of the country’s rich cultural heritage, by giving them an opportunity to view over 7000 artworks, created by 100s artists and artisans from across India. Travelers will also get an opportunity to indulge in some lip smacking regional delicacies from Kerala and Kashmir at select locations, offered free of cost while they get a visual treat of the exquisite artworks.
Under the patronage of the Jaya He art initiative, The Jaya He Museum Store at T2 will provide a platform to Indian artist, craft persons and designers to showcase their creativity and proficiency. On this occasion, the store is bringing to the forefront award winning artists to exhibit their work. These include renowned names Trilok Soni, Rabindra Behera, Dr. Ismail Khatri, Kalyan Joshi, Kapil Jangid, Kamini Kaushal, D.Vaikuntam, Sukhnandi Vyam & Rajesh Vangad who have been conferred with National/State Award for Pichwai, Pattachitra, Ajrakh printing, Phad painting, Sandal wood carving, Madhubani on Papermache , Cherial scroll painting, wood carving and Warli respectively, to name a few.
The Jaya He Museum was conceptualized as an extension of the uniquely Indian aesthetic of the Terminal 2, where modern technologies fuse seamlessly with traditional knowledge. The many-layered narrative is a multi-disciplinary exhibition of the various facets of Indian arts and crafts, showcasing the techniques of artisans from different regions of the country. The various artifacts and installations were curated with the view to distil and interpret the spirit of India, offering visitors a quintessential reception to Mumbai, and India at large.
In 2016, more than 35,000 museums in close to 145 countries participated in ICOM’s International Museum Day.
About GVK MIAL
GVK Mumbai International Airport Pvt. Ltd (MIAL) is a Public Private Partnership joint venture between a GVK-led consortium and the Airports Authority of India (AAI). GVK MIAL was awarded the mandate for operating and modernizing Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (CSIA). Through this transformational initiative, GVK MIAL aims to make CSIA one of the world’s best airports, which consistently delights customers besides being the pride of Mumbai. The new integrated Terminal 2 at CSIA enhances the airport’s capacity to service 40 million passengers and one million tons of cargo annually.