GUWAHATI, May 7: Start India Foundation in association with Asian Paints unveiled the ‘Wall of Harmony’ to commemorate 50 years of Arunachal Pradesh’s statehood. The ‘Wall of Harmony’, a 24000 sq. ft. landmark public art project at the Secretariat boundary wall in Itanagar concluded the month-long celebrations of the state’s golden jubilee year.
A project spearheaded by the government of Arunachal Pradesh, the ‘Wall of Harmony’ celebrates the pride of Arunachal Pradesh and its people in contemporary fashion. The mural narrates the story of the state with a focus on its unique features, standout milestones, and its remarkable flora & fauna. The spotlight also shines on its residents who might belong to different tribes but continue living in harmony, celebrating their collective crafts, iconography & monuments.
Sayan Mukherjee, a muralist, character designer, lifestyle, and story illustrator from Kolkata worked on the conceptual sketch. Munir Bukhari from Rajkot and Trivendra Prasad from New Delhi were the other senior artists involved in this ambitious project. Dr. Ashan Riddi, HoD, department of History, Rajiv Gandhi University ensured credible and authentic information on the historic elements relevant to Arunachal Pradesh.
Local artists and people were also involved in this project to motivate the local talent and create a platform for them to interact with experienced artists from other parts of the country. Eight artists including Kompi Riba, Jompi Ete, Ligang August, Tomar Tomsai Nayam, Kigam Ori, Tatu Mara, Ogin Nayam, and Marba Kamki from Arunachal Pradesh joined as assistant artists in this project.
Amit Syngle, CEO & MD of Asian Paints Ltd. said, “The Wall of Harmony embodies the energy and essence of Arunachal Pradesh and is beautifully brought to life via this iconic mural. Arunachal Pradesh has a unique history & hosts an incredible heritage which we celebrate via this detailed mural, bringing to life the state’s native nuances. It is an extraordinary piece of art, both in terms of its colossal scale and a delightful visual experience. We want the Wall of Harmony to be an innovative avenue of how people engage and connect with the journey of Arunachal Pradesh.”
Vikas Nagrare, director – Special Projects from St+art India Foundation added, “While various celebrations and programs were organised to commemorate the 50 Years of Arunachal Pradesh with a lot of fanfare, the Wall of Harmony will continue celebrating the spirit of Arunachal for years to come. It will develop a sense of pride, belonging, and respect among the people for their rich heritage. The Wall of Harmony becomes the open art gallery reflecting different shades of Arunachal Pradesh for the tourists visiting Itanagar. While St+art aims to take art into public spaces and make them democratic, the Wall of Harmony project adds a new dimension to documenting the socio-political journey, along with integral elements of Arunachal Pradesh. We are doing something like this for the first time in the country and we are happy to develop this largest panoramic mural in the North East.”