In Pics: Hyderabad’s Maqtha District’s Beautiful Art On The Walls

Roshni Ramesan
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Blue Chowk, Green Gully, Yellow Gully & Pink Gully – these are the names of the streets in MS Maqtha, Hyderabad’s art district.

What was formerly an overlooked part of the city of Hyderabad has now turned into a lively art district, thanks to St+art India Foundation, a non-profit organization running with the help of several artists, both Indian and foreign.

The pigeon is watching you
The pigeon is watching you

Walls and buildings in the Maqtha are adorned with art, the locality having been transformed by The Urban Art Festival, which was begun by St+art India Foundation to bring artists to the locality in Khairatabad, Hyderabad.

From local artists to international ones, artists have found the art district to be a dynamic place to explore experimental art, while making sure that the locals are comfortable with the art.

Green Gully
Green Gully

Keeping Locals Involved

The artists were careful to keep the transformation process collaborative, taking their stories and wishes into consideration when creating the murals. While many local inhabitants were hesitant at first, with an interactive approach and several workshops, the artists were able to convince the locals to trust them.

Artists constantly interact with the locals to keep their choices in mind.

“They offered us food, chai and of course, their walls! And it has been a truly participative effort in which murals have been created by the artists thanks to their interaction with the inhabitants. Also, the kids of each gully we painted have been constantly with us. We discovered great young talents who painted with some of the artists,” said Giulia Ambrogi of St+Art Foundation.

Art is created keeping the locality and its culture in mind. “The art on the wall has to make them happy. Some communities even want animals to be painted. In Maqtha, religion is a way of life and we have to check what they are comfortable with and proceed,” said artist Ness Lee, who worked on an art project in the district in 2019.

Asian Paints, Krishnakriti Foundation, Govt of Telangana, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Bonjour India and more came together to bring the art district to life.

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Distinct Colours For Streets

Yellow Chowk
Yellow Chowk

In addition to the murals on the building and the walls, the streets of Maqtha are colour coded – Blue Chowk, Green Gully, Yellow Gully & Pink Gully. Artists can choose to create art in these colours in various areas.

The art district naturally then became a hotspot for tourists with even foreign tourists coming to the art district to marvel at the sights.

This is the third art district in India after Delhi’s Lodhi art district and Mahim art district in Mumbai.

By naturally weaving the city’s culture into the art in neighbourhoods, public art districts like Maqtha encourage people to be more involved with art, practice better hygiene & sanitation to keep the aesthetic place pleasing to the eye and of course increase tourism.

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Sources: The Hindu, Atlas Obscura, The New Indian Express

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