Diwali came early literally on the streets of Karol Bagh when North Delhi Municipal Corporation organised one of its kind Ajmal Khan Road Street Art Festival in the city on Monday. The event which was planned for creating awareness on pedestrian street environment saw students from different colleges and schools painting the pedestrianised Ajmal Khan Street in colourful geometrical patterns and themes like road safety, green environment and supporting the LGBTQI community.
Ajmal Khan Road gets a colourful makeover
On Monday morning, the Ajmal Khan Road in Karol Bagh was buzzing with students from different colleges and schools who had reached the market around 6am to start the beautification of the 1.3-km road with their artworks. From painting the road, to their school uniforms, students from schools nearby had a fun-filled day taking part in the street art festival. Josephina Emmanuel, coordinator of the Eco Club from Faith Academy Senior Secondary School, shared, “Our students had a great time making the roads of this market beautiful. They wrote messages like, ‘Say No To Crackers’ and ‘Say No To Plastic’ because they want that all those who would come to this market now should not only look at these colourful road but also learn the message of saving the planet through their artwork.”
While students enjoyed painting the stretch, it was also an unusual sight to witness for shopkeepers, pedestrians and residents who live close to the market. “This is the first time that I am getting to witness more than 500 students painting a road with such beautiful artworks. We should actually thank them for beautifying this road,” said Sushil Chauhan , a shopkeeper from the market.
Road safety, social media and messages for LGBTQI: Themes that students chose
While the students were asked to paint colourful abstract geometric patterns but there were some that decided to write slogans and give a message with their artwork. Students of Janki Devi Memorial College wrote messages of saving the planet, while students from SGND Khalsa College who were divided in various teams chose themes like road safety, social media and supporting the LGBTQI community. “Our students have worked on different themes. This is the first time that students are getting to paint the road and it would enhance the look of this stretch. This is something that other markets in Delhi can also follow,” shared RK Sharma, Convener, NSS, SGND Khalsa College.