A giant mural of Satyajit Ray adorning the wall of a Metro Railway building in the Charu Market area of south Kolkata was unveiled on Monday.
Chennai-based artist A-Kill painted the mural. St+art India Foundation, in collaboration with Asian Paints, is behind the project, called “Donate a Wall”.
“Every year, we select a state and three walls, each in a city, to paint. But in Kolkata, we chose two walls,” said Vikas Nagrare, director of special projects for the Delhi-based foundation.
The first wall, that of a CESC building in Patuli, had a mural based on artisans of Kumartuli.
The third wall will be in Howrah, he said.
The “Ray Wall” is a stone’s throw from the Rabindra Sarobar Metro station.
Mayor Firhad Hakim, Rajya Sabha MP Jawhar Sircar and filmmaker and Ray’s son Sandip Ray were present at the unveiling.
Fire near Metro shed
A fire broke out near the car shed of the East-West Metro Railway near City Centre on Monday afternoon.
The fire broke out in one of the hutments and then spread in the area along the boundary wall of the car shed. Two fire engines brought the fire under control within half an hour.
No one was injured in the incident, a fire department official said.
New escalator at Metro station
A new escalator, from the platform to the mezzanine floor, was unveiled at Central Metro station on Monday. A commuter inaugurated the escalator, a Metro official said.