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Students beautify city ahead of Pune Biennale
Rujuta Parekh | Friday, 21 November 2014 AT 08:52 PM IST
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Shivajinagar: Several students from three colleges of the city gathered to beautify the walls in the city as a part of the Pune Biennale's public outreach activity on Friday.
Students from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Bharti Vidyapeeth College of Fine Arts and Vishwakarma Creative I College painted a stretch of 100 feet of College of Engineering Pune's hostel wall.
The aim to kick off the Pune Biennale with street art was to contribute to the Prime Minister's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. "We wanted to beautify the city. We wanted the students and the people to have a different view of public spaces," said Rucha Kulkarni, coordinator of the activity.
The theme for Pune Biennale which starts on February 6 next year is "Heritage-Yours and Mine."
"We want to move away a little from the strict idea of heritage. We asked the students to interact with others on their idea of heritage and come up with an idea accordingly. This activity is also to spread awareness about the final event. We have asked people to send ideas that will be incorporated. We want people to participate," said Raju Sutar, Artistic Director of Pune Biennale.
The students started by cleaning the walls on Friday morning and commenced painting around noon. The colourful walls and the crowd of painters attracted several curious spectators. Children from a school run by the Municipal Corporation also joined in. The participants will also paint several other walls in the city till the Biennale starts in February 2015.
Others events have also been lined up for the next two days. "A lecture by eminent artist and curator Bose Krishnamachari has been organised on Saturday at the New Art Gallery on Ghole Road. The students will be treated to a workshop and lecture by famous curator Johny ML on Art in Public Domain on Sunday," Sutar said.

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