Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Stunning Photo Collage Art: Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Mumbai.

A lil sunshine - Art at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A
A rainbow of colors!

Location: Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Mumbai.
Terminal: 1A.
On-bound: Sanganer Airport, Jaipur.
Flight: Air India.
Check-in status: Self check-in completed.

Now what? Grab one of those benches. And, sleep?
Or, stare at your fellow passengers? Read a book?
Surf your smartphone?

All these things are okay and honestly, I have been all over them at some point in my yatras but this time, I decided to indulge in something better (and artistic and creative and fascinating) while eagerly waiting for hopping onto my flight.

A collage in Art at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A
A captivating art collage @ Mumbai Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A
Across the self check-in kiosk, walking past scurrying people, is a small patch of wall that infuses life in the city it calls home. Riot of colors splashed across in a creative chaos of exuberance and vivacity – the patch celebrates the city of Mumbai by putting together an artistic picture collage illuminating its dynamic forms in several different ways. Filmi posters, everyday scenes, vintage photos, pretty sketches and prominent landscapes – it’s all there for you to figure, each piece reminding you of that something that is very intrinsically woven in the character of the city and its people.

IN PHOTOS: Incredible piece of Artwork @ Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Mumbai:

Been past the wall several times, but today - I paused to look closer. I heard the wall inviting me in. Inviting me to stop, admire, contemplate, and be alive and present at that very moment, in a rather original way.

How could I resist?

How could I resist meeting the hardworking people, admiring the iconic landscape and revisiting some of the older memories that have made and continue to make this city so mesmerizingly amazing that it is – and then NOT sharing it here? Speaking  no more, let's scroll right away!

A woman, despite being busy in the midst of washing clothes, warmly calling out to us?

A cheerful tai - Art at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A

An anxious flower-seller, perhaps just starting his day -

Art collage at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A

The roadside shoe-cobbler -

Art collage at Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A, Mumbai

Dreamy eyes; a flight to freedom -

Birds - Art collage painting at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A

A proud salute to the ‘Janta hawaldar’ of the street -

A Mumbai hawaldar - Art at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A

The alluring beauty of that which was once 'old' - now, gold!

Filmi poster - Painting at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A

Different moods of the Mumbai's lifeline, the local train - in hues of sepia -

Local train - A vintage photo at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A

Mumbai floods - Art collage at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A

Gazing at the city landmarks and admiring their rich history, brilliant architecture -

Rajabhai Tower - Art at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A

An amazing sketch of a rainy day -

A rainy day - Sketch at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A

This kaleidoscope of colors splashed all across, in art abstract -

Art at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A

Art abstract at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A

The Bindaas banner ad of the popular and high-spirited, RJ Malishka -

Art at the Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A

...How could I resist…

Saying hello to our beautiful 'Tai' in her caught-unawares posture?!!

An image in art collage at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Domestic Airport, Terminal 1A

Many more such scenes abound in the mural which I have left for you to explore the next time you get a chance. So, the next time, you are waiting to board your flight, you know what to do! ;)

Also watch out for paintings and other artistic works as you move ahead from the self check-in area towards the security check area and beyond - there are more art works and paintings spread all across the different floors of the terminal done by various eminent artists like Brinda Miller - they are all very beautiful.

TRAVELER TIPS / FAQWhat are the services can I find at the domestic terminal, Mumbai?

- ATM outside arrivals & departure.
- Airtel -net surfing unit post security.
- Reserved lounge in departure and arrivals.
- Lost and found/left luggage facility in arrival.
- Information desk in arrival and departure.
- Inter - terminal coach service at arrivals for international transfer.
- Fids-international and domestic flights.

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Which picture from the above collection best describes the city of Mumbai for you? Why?

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  1. Absolutely Stunning art..:-) Love them all.

  2. Truly incredible! Amazing collage on the day to day activities... Well observed and brought out elegantly through ur lens. Impressive Arti

  3. Wonderful photo collage , Thanks a lot for sharing Arti.

  4. all photos depicted city life of mumbai,but to single out,i will go for local trains THE life line of mumbaikar

  5. I have heard a lot about Mumbai but never been there. These pictures show many sides of locals' life. My brother is working on term paper about Indian culture with essay writing service Best Essay, I am sure he will like these pictures too.

  6. So, you are off again into the wild blue yonder, Arti? I, too, like to look at the art work in airports to pass the time. My favorite that you've shown is the washer woman.

  7. It is really stunning! I can't actually believe how talented some people are!

  8. I love this type of artwork. Simply stunning work and so creative, there is so much to take in looking at such masterpieces.

  9. Hey hi there! Nicely captured the lovely paintings! I pass by them so many times but have always been in a rush and have never been able to observe them carefully..Thanks for making me realise what I'm missing :-)
    And being a true blue Mumbaikar (who's been away from home for long) I shall never be able to pinpoint one and say this one's the most relevant, each one them is so significant in its own way :-)

  10. Thanks so much @EVERYONE for stopping by, I am very happy to have shared this art piece with all of you - thanks you for your kind appreciations, they really mean the world to me :-)

  11. Hi Arti: This is a wonderful collection, but I have never noticed it, in Mumbai airport, may be was always in a hurry to catch a flight. Loved specially the train pics, they look so surreal...

  12. Great collection ! thanks for sharing.

  13. Wonderful collections.Thanks a lot for sharing.All of them are lovely.


    Sriram & Krithiga

  14. Nice. Mumbai airport has always been a rush for me and I have never really looked at these. Now will make an attempt. Thanks for sharing.

    Ami @

  15. Such an amazing piece of art dear Arti! I find it highly inspiring, as i'm teaching a collage art course right now. Hope your week starts in happy colors and sending you hugs!


  16. Good place, Nice pictures and narration. Enjoyed. Still East is pending in my list

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  17. For me it has to be the local train , the lifeline of Mumbai city ..

    Perspective and wisdom are always gained in hindsight.

  18. A labor of love surely!So nice of you to show the details of some pieces--just what i wanted to see!

  19. Cool! Interesting post and pictures!

  20. Wonderful art collage indeed! I wonder how I missed it ...will definitely look out for these next time... :-)
    Thanks for sharing, dear...

  21. Wow! that is quite a gallery, by itself.
    Thank you for showing these images to us, Arti. Great find! :)

  22. Wonderful Collage! Loved each one of them! I got to know about it from one of the lectures of Indrapramit Roy's which happened last month here in Kochi. He also displayed slides of some amazing works by various artists' along with his.
    Thanks for these lovely images Arti. :)

  23. What beautiful artwork! I'm embarrassed to say, I haven't ever observed these. Thanks for sharing Arti. Next time, I'll make an effort.
    Have a wonderful day!

  24. This is something I missed. Is it still there?

    1. Yes! It's there. I hope you see it the next time you visit this part of the airport.


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