A unique wall painting competition was organised as part of the Kankaria carnival that highlights the horrendous Delhi gangrape case. Walls of the city carried messages by fine arts students and artists on women’s empowerment and stopping abuse of girls and women.
“Live art in the city became the right platform to express feelings on the cause which in a way helped in increasing awareness among onlookers,” said Asit Vora, mayor of the city.
Both sides of the Parimal underpass were covered with paintings depicting the thoughts and feelings of artists coloured with their individual imagination. Ankita Darji, painted a girl with unkempt hair showing fear on her face. When asked about the painting she said, “This is my voice against the Delhi gangrape. This is a great opportunity for artists to express what they feel.”
Not only were girls and women venting their anguish on this sensitive issue, many men too were seen painting for the cause. For instance, Shaoo Panchal painted a girl covered in blood with a slogan – ‘Women Safety’.
The well-known Warli paintings of Gujarat were one of the themes given to the artists for the wall paintings. Students blended the messages of ‘save women’ and ‘stop rape’ into the basic Warli paintings with female figures. Abstract paintings on women’s empowerment were also created.