By Our Reporter
Shillong, May 17, 2018
The people of Shillong will soon witness a larger than life mural of Bollywood Superstar Mithun Chakraborty at the District Transport Office (DTO) building at Lower Lachumiere.
This mural of the beloved iconic Disco Dancer of Bollywood is being painted by well known artist from Mumbai, Ranjit Dahiya who is also the founder of the ‘Bollywood Art Project’ s, which aimed at mapping the cinematic history of Bollywood over the last century.
Dahiya is here in the city to take part in the Shillong Street Art Festival which was launched during the ‘Women’s Day” celebration on March 8 last.
The festival is the initiative of an artist from Assam, Sanjib Roy who is also known as Yantr. Roy who is now based in Delhi with the support of the group of local talented artist named Cant Stop Art and Craft has organised this festival with the objective to put Shillong on the global art scene.
While talking to media persons today at the Shillong Press Club, Dahiya said that as per the information given to him, Mithun Chakraborty is the most popular Bollywood Superstar in this part of the country due to his songs and dance.
“I decided to paint the mural of the Bollywood Superstar in this festival since my genre is Bollywood,” Dahiya said adding that the mural of Mithun Chakraborty will refresh the minds of those people who have closely followed the work of this the dance icon of Bollywood.
The local artist Oliver Lyndem said that he had suggested the name of Mithun Chakraborty to Dahiya since he remembers that his songs and dance were very popular during the 80’s.
“I do not think there is any other Bollywood Superstar whose is as popular as Mithun Chakraborty. We all remember people would love to dance to the numbers from his movies during the New Year’s party or any event,” he said.
Talking about the festival, Lyndem said that this kind of street art festival is being held across the globe.
“We wanted to showcase and promote our talent by organising the festival. We would also like to encourage other local talented youth to take part in this festival,” the local artist said.
When asked if they are receiving any financial support, he said that as of now, they are generating funds on their own.
“We are planning to make the second edition of the festival even bigger. We are also aiming to conduct a workshop in the future festival to train the local youth who are interested in fine arts,” Lyndem said.
When asked if they have approach the Government for financial support, he said that they had met the officials from the Arts and Culture department who have assured to support them in their future endeavours.
He however said that they have to take permissions for painting of the mural in the Government buildings.
Meanwhile, Roy said that this festival is a platform for the aspiring local artist to showcase their talent and also learn from the season artists who have travelled across the country to share their vision.
It may be mentioned that artists have so far finished painting a total number of 14 murals in and around Shillong city.
The murals which were painted as part of the festival signify women empowerment through education, flora and fauna, traditional and modern day Khasi populace and signature style biochemical art.