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Creative Cabs: Showcasing Mumbai’s art and colours on Wheels

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By Manas Dwivedi

55db8b741d00002f00145bb0The city of dreams Mumbai fulfils millions of dreams daily; it gives hope to the one who is struggling to make his dream a reality. One such dream is now real – an aspiration of beautifying the transportation system of the city. Such idea is brought alive by Taxi Fabric, a foundation working exclusively towards uplifting artwork and promoting designing as a profession in India. They aim to provide exposure to local artists and improve passenger’s travel experience too.

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The busy roads of Mumbai are no longer seen as dull and drab. The usual black and yellow taxis have now turned into a colourful epitome of some brilliant masterpiece. The unique casing of taxis in Mumbai is now seen with some very beautiful interiors where every design is based on a broad theme showcasing “stories of Mumbai”.

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The idea is brained by a team of four entrepreneurial colleagues – Sanket Avlani, Girish Narayandass, Mahak Malik and Nathlie Gordon. Aiming to create a cultural drive, the team is constantly working with a group of local designers, photographers, craftsmen and volunteers. These people use their skill effectively and install creative designs on the seat covers and upholstery of the taxi. In a hunt to make a colourful network of cabs, Team Taxi Fabric keeps in mind the need for promoting various art forms. The project is funded through a global crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter.

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Taxi Fabric is looking to change the face and colour of as many cabs operating in the city of Bollywood. They have already transformed 8 of the 50,000 taxis running in Mumbai. The project has so far garnered some good words from the city’s residents. They say it helps them understand the art and also believe that art can really create a mesmerizing impact. Due to comparative decline in forms of design and drawing, this new ramification is like giving some good zest and zeal to the field of art.

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Although Mumbai cab drivers are known for customizing their taxis with different flashy articles but coming up with such a creative start up has given the city ‘new eyes’ to see the world around. It helps travellers in Mumbai to experience, feel and understand various emotions behind such popping caricatures.

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This astonishing ramification is a very careful and soothing step in changing the mood and vibes of the passengers. The art-piece over the fabric in the taxis also helps in making the city brighter and happier, where not just the artist, but the cabbie and the passenger love the new thread.

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PM Narendra Modi to Unveil National Film Museum in Mumbai

The complex includes a multipurpose hall for movie previews, social events, conferences or seminars and cultural gatherings, besides incorporating several features to make it green and eco-friendly

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PM to unveil national film museum in Mumbai. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday inaugurate the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) that has come up in a 19th century heritage bungalow and a modern building in the country’s film capital, an official said here on Thursday.

A galaxy of dignitaries like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, A.R. Rahman, David Dhawan, Rohit Shetty, Waheeda Rehman, Jeetendra Kapoor, Asha Parekh, Raveena Tandon, Pankaj Kapoor, Rakesh Mehra and others are expected to attend the opening ceremonies.

The NMIC will provide a glimpse into the Indian film history and help film students, film-makers, fans and critics to learn and understand cinema as a medium of artistic expression in the country and globally.

The museum has on display artefacts like vintage cameras, projectors, editing and recording equipment, costumes, photographs and other materials portraying the journey of Indian cinema since its dawn in 1913 with the first full-length feature film, “Raja Harishchandra” made by the legendary Dhundiraj Govind Phadke, known as Dadasaheb Phalke.

There are also film sets, props, film tapes, sound tracks, trailers, transparencies and a rich collection of film-related literature and memorabilia depicting Indian film history in a chronological order.

Designed by the National Council of Science Museums, it was first envisaged in 1997, and set up in the 19th century heritage bungalow Gulshan Mahal and in another adjacent modern five-storeyed building, spread across 12,000 sq. metres.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The museum comprises more than three dozen interactive galleries devoted to cinema and its journey from the silent era to talkies, black-and-white to colour, from the film rolls era to digital technology and a children’s activity gallery.

The NMIC project was undertaken by the state-owned Navratna public sector undertaking, NBCC (India) Ltd, and promises to be a delightful treat for historians, tourists and film buffs from all over the world thronging the country’s film headquarters.

NBCC Chairman-cum-Managing Director Anoop Kumar Mittal said the entire NMIC complex is a potential ‘film hub’ narrating the rich history of Indian cinema in the heart of south Mumbai.

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The unique design features include a unique front elevation designed with inclined structural glazing support by cable nets with spiders and a glass facade to provide a 3D view impression to the structure, said Mittal.

The complex includes a multipurpose hall for movie previews, social events, conferences or seminars and cultural gatherings, besides incorporating several features to make it green and eco-friendly. (IANS)