Mumbai is home to several murals that tell a tale about the rich cultural heritage of this city and much more.
The practice of mural painting is an ancient art form, evidence of which lies in the oldest cave paintings found in Maros (Sulawesi), Indonesia. The trickle-down effect of artistic penchants of humans has resulted in streets of popular cities being dotted with colourful wall art. Popularly dubbed as the Art Capital of India, Mumbai is home to several murals that tell a tale about the rich cultural heritage of this city and much more! Furthering the artistic inclinations of Mumbaikars, here is a list of 5 of our favourite murals that catalogue human emotions in the best manner possible, from across the city!
Creating a memoir of Bollywood, set in paint on stone, the Bollywood Art Project resulted in more than 10 wall arts of the Hindi cinema industry giants being brought to life by artist Ranjit Dahiya. One among these beauties is the Anarkali Mural, which has immortalised the Mughal-e-Azam and its iconic cast for generations to come.
Location: Chapel Road
On The Rise
Revolutionising the way wall art is practised, this art installation has been made by The Corona Quilt Project team out of recycled fabric. Wrapped around the building with over 5000 narratives to tell, this unorthodox mural draws a parallel from the metamorphosis and resurrection of a butterfly.
Location: Worli Sea Face
Art For All by St+art
Painted by a German stencil artist for St+art back in 2014, this is one of Tona's signature works that adorn the streets of Mumbai. The majority of the wall murals by this artist, both large and small pieces, depict happy tales and drama of children, which can uplift your mood in a matter of seconds!
Bounded Not Bound
This blue art on the walls of Dharavi is courtesy of the Fearless Collective by Shilo Shiv Suleman, which came into being after the Nirbhaya case of Delhi. This iconic mural takes tarpaulin as a metaphor for depicting boundaries and mental space that women need and it also aims at celebrating the bond of sisterhood.
Ocean of Hands
This mysterious ocean of hands is one helluva Instagrammy background that you can spot in Kala Ghoda- the official art district of Mumbai, for it houses several art galleries and museums. While the creators, Sameer Kulavoor and Bombay Duck Studio, did not give it an official name, this mural is loved by Mumbaikars for its display of myriad themes, such as folk art and tetrapod, among others.
Location: Kala Ghoda
Mumbai has a lot more astonishing artworks to offer and although making a comprehensive list is not possible, we hope that this short tour has piqued your mind to experience these explosions of various colours in person. Meanwhile, you too should try to begin a project of decorating your room with some wall art, 'whole-artedly'!