The new Parliament building in Delhi can steal the spotlight from many other cultural centres across India
With nearly 5,000 pieces of art — paintings, decorative art, wall panels, stone sculptures and metal objects to be showcased across a gargantuan building, it is part of the Central Vista Project, which also includes a joint Central Secretariat, revamp of the Rajpath.
Being developed by Tata Projects Ltd, the building is almost complete except some pending finishing work.The astonishing architecture with extensive use of wooden structure and traditional motifs comprises spacious halls, well equipped library, committee rooms and all avant garde amenities.
Traditional artists express joy in creating wall panels for the new Parliament building. Notably, Phad painting is unfolded triumphantly like a roll by the team of artist Kalyan Joshi.
Based on the theme of democracy, The scroll painting is made using “natural pigment dyes” like indigo blue, hartal (yellow), and the colour black from kajal.
Apart from phad painting adorning the walls, The building has three galleries showcasing the craft of pottery (clay) and textiles from all states.
Kalyan, who has previously worked with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, was commissioned to create the painting for the new Parliament building.
Sharing details about the magnificent creation, artist Kalyan Joshi who led a team of 15 artists from Rajasthan’s Bhilwara to complete the 75 x 9 feet artwork depicting folk deities Pabuji (a local hero figure) and Devnarayan (a reincarnation of Vishnu) within a span of three-and-a-half months.
While the painting has been made on the floor due to its long size, it will eventually adorn the walls of the G20 Headquarters in New Delhi. “It will not be used as a carpet,” asserts Kalyan.