Slumdog art amid Delhi’s poor
A series of massive murals have transformed Raghubir Nagar into a rainbow of colors
A montage of murals, created by the Delhi Street Art group, in Raghubir Nagar.
Photo: AFP / Sajjad Hussain
A street artist collective has transformed a New Delhi slum into a rainbow of colors. Massive murals have become a magnet for art lovers and selfie-snappers to a rundown area in the Indian capital.
Raghubir Nagar, like other slums in the megacity of 20 million, is home to those on the margins of society, families living cheek-by-jowl in ramshackle structures often lacking basic amenities.
But in less than a month, 15 to 20 volunteers refashioned the craggy facades of nearly a hundred structures into a riot of hues with huge murals depicting nature, religion and daily life.
“The aim was to bring some positive change and confidence in the locals, who were usually forgotten by society,” Yogesh Saini, the founder of Delhi Art Street, said.
The initiative was kickstarted by a local parliamentarian, who wanted to beautify and transform the area better known for its dirt and foul smell than art.
“We are feeling good about the change it has brought to our locality. We are seeing a lot of people coming to the settlement to take pictures,” Santosh, one local resident, said. “For the first time … we also feel equals in society.”