The Howrah Rail Museum gets a facelift with a mural depicting people from different livelihoods

The Riveria Building in front of the Regional Rail Museum at Howrah Railway Station has an eye-catching mural by a renowned Kerala artist. The mural shows images of people arriving or leaving the station, on a gray flat concrete surface. The people depicted in the mural are from different backgrounds – farmers, tribes, women, fishermen, children and people with disabilities.

The artist, Blaise Joseph, was educated at MS University in Vadodara and has a deep interest and commitment to arts education projects. For this painting, Joseph was assisted by his team from Kolkata and other places.

Howrah Railway Station has been an integral part and transit hub for people traveling from North or East India to South India and vice versa. A concrete surface on which they are positioned symbolizes the rapid progress of infrastructure. These people have to leave their land and home to earn a living and they also contribute to the development of the country through their hard work.

All were depicted carrying mementos of their home and landscape, which were visualized through the baggage and objects featured in each portrait. These memories are muted in the whiteness marking the details in the lines as they appear to be dreams.

The mural was curated by ST+ART India Foundation, New Delhi and Asian Paints as part of the “Donate a Wall” concept. The beautiful mural on the walls of the Riviera has aroused huge interest among tourists visiting Howrah Railway Station and the National Rail Museum and has become a selfie point for passers-by and art lovers.

A senior Eastern Railway official said: “The Riviera Building mural near Howrah Station is attracting huge interest among tourists and art lovers. We also plan to design a new concept of Howrah Rail Museum.

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