Seen The Artwork At New And Upcoming Airports In India? This Art Curator Is Behind It!

From Ayodhya to Port Blair, experience travel like never before!

by Mallika Khurana
Seen The Artwork At New And Upcoming Airports In India? This Art Curator Is Behind It!

Meet Dr. Masooma Rizvi, the artistic luminary reshaping India’s airports into vibrant cultural masterpieces. Imagine walking through an airport where every corner tells a story. Dr. Rizvi’s visionary curation has turned mundane terminals into immersive galleries that not only beautify but educate and inspire, offering travellers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of India’s heritage.

Cultural Narratives At Indian Airports

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Dr. Masooma Rizvi is a transformative figure in India’s airport art scene, seamlessly blending cultural heritage with contemporary expression. Her visionary approach has turned mundane airport spaces into vibrant cultural hubs that showcase the diverse tapestry of India.

She is not just an art curator but a renowned figure in the global art community, and she has been celebrated for her work in prestigious venues like the New Parliament Building and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Her expertise spans across international borders, including notable projects in Chinese temples. Her current endeavour focuses on partnering with the Airport Authority of India to revolutionise the artistic landscape of Indian airports.

Under Dr. Rizvi’s guidance, airports like Trichy, Kanpur, Chennai, Port Blair, and the iconic Ayodhya airport have been transformed into immersive cultural experiences. Each airport is also themed to reflect local culture, history, and landmarks without overwhelming visitors with a history lesson.

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Dr. Masooma Rizvi’s Transformative Touch On Indian Airports

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The Maharishi Valmiki International Airport in Ayodhya epitomises Dr. Rizvi’s dedication to cultural authenticity. Here, travellers encounter breathtaking murals depicting Lord Rama and other iconic figures, symbolising the spiritual essence of the city. Modern interpretations of ancient themes, such as a 180-foot-long Madhubani panel, enrich the airport’s ambiance with timeless tales.

In Port Blair, Dr. Rizvi has curated an airport that is a tribute to local creativity. Local artisans have contributed vibrant oil paintings, ceramic murals, and intricate woodcarvings that vividly capture the essence of Andaman and Nicobar Islands’ culture, showcasing their way of life and traditions.

Surat airport celebrates its heritage as a diamond and textile hub through Rogan paintings and traditional lattice work. Jabalpur airport features a monumental mural by Gond tribal artists, highlighting indigenous culture and transforming the airport into a cultural spectacle.

Beyond aesthetic enhancements, Dr. Rizvi’s initiatives also aim to elevate local artisans onto international stages. Her efforts have garnered widespread acclaim, earning her prestigious awards like the Deendayal Upadhyay Award of Excellence in Art and recognition as one of India’s Top 100 Women Achievers. 

Thanks to Dr. Masooma Rizvi’s vision and dedication, Indian airports are no longer just transit points but dynamic cultural showcases. 

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