Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) is all set to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day and, as part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ event, starting 12th August to 15th August 2022, the airport is welcoming all passengers to celebrate ‘Azadi ke Rang’ with activities and engagement programs. Passengers travelling through the airport during the celebration week would get to experience and enjoy different forms of Indian art. CSMIA collaborated with Shark Tank fame – Rare Planet, a young start-up that sells hand-curated items made by Indian artisans, to celebrate this occasion with all its passengers and personnel.
Rare Planet aims to create a financial independence for karigars (artisans) in India and make them truly ‘Atma Nirbhar’, with nearly 10,000 karigars under its wing. Artisans will paint the ancient ‘Patachitra’ Art – which originates from the eastern Indian states of Odisha, West Bengal and even parts of Bangladesh on different mediums such as Kulhads (Clay cups), Wooden Trays, Kettles & Canvas’. These are 6th Generation artisans who have continued preserving this art form. Passengers’ participating in the event can carry those paintings as a souvenir and also buy various other amazing hand painted products made by these talented artisans. Moreover, there will also be professional musicians who will perform the classical ‘Patua’ music which is a cultural tradition of ‘Bengal Patachitra’. Passengers will get to experience these artforms at both Terminal 1 & 2 from 7 am to 12 pm & from 4.30 pm to 9.30 pm on all four days.