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Mural throws light on Coringa ecosystem

G.S. Subrahmanyam
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A tableau with three murals prepared by G.V. Ramana Murthy will be displayed at the CoP scheduled tobe held in Hyderabad from October 1 to 19

A mural depicting Coringa Mangrove in East Godavari district prepared by G.V. Ramana Murthy, to be displayed at the Conference of Parties to be held in Hyderabad from October 1. —Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM
A mural depicting Coringa Mangrove in East Godavari district prepared by G.V. Ramana Murthy, to be displayed at the Conference of Parties to be held in Hyderabad from October 1. —Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Mangroves in the estuary of the rivers – where the river meets the sea – are important because they absorb the force of cyclones and protect the inland habitations. Unfortunately mangroves are being cleared to make space for industrial development.

The Government of India, with the help of the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP), is taking steps to protect Coringa Mangrove forest in the estuary of Godavari. Coringa is one of the last major stretches of mangroves in the State.

Depicting the changed lifestyles of fisher-folk in Coringa along with an artistic rendition of the story of work done in the area, city-based sculptor G.V. Ramana Murthy is developing three life-like murals and a 3D model to explain the nuances of the Coringa Ecosystem. This tableau will be a part of the UNDP projects being put on display at the Conference of Parties on Conservation of Biodiversity scheduled to be held in Hyderabad from October 1 to 19.

UNDP-funded a project

The UNDP-funded a project on Mainstreaming of Coastal and Marine Biodiversity Conservation in the estuary of Godavari in East Godavari. The project also trained the fisher-folk to adopt some of the newer and eco-friendly technologies such as using a special oven for drying the fish rather than depending on sun and also some alternative livelihoods.

Ramana Murthy visited the Coringa and studied the life of the fisher-folk to understand it and present it in his murals. He is also creating life-like 3D models of the ecosystem, including fisher-folk at the market, the flora and fauna and the fishing boats that effectively narrate the change in ground realities.

Using fibreglass and plaster of Paris, he and his team of 15 Bengali artists have been working day and night to get the murals and the models ready. The murals are ready and are being given finishing touches and they hope to ship them to Hyderabad by Friday evening, he added.


  • The murals depict the changed lifestyles of fisher-folk in Coringa

  • Using fibreglass and plaster of Paris, Ramana Murthy and his team have been working day and night to get the murals and 3D models ready for the occasion


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