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Jaya He carnival at T2 celebrates imprints of Maharashtra

Cultural exchange: Visitors learn to make Kolhapuri footwear at one of the stalls set up at Terminal 2.

Cultural exchange: Visitors learn to make Kolhapuri footwear at one of the stalls set up at Terminal 2.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Airport terminal to host stalls on State’s food, art, dress, culture and heritage till July-end

If you happen to be at Terminal 2 of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport over the next month, don’t be surprised if it seems a little different from your earlier visits. As part of its annual Jaya He carnival, Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) has put up stalls and installations at the terminal, showcasing the culture of Maharashtra.

MIAL officials said the theme for this year is ‘Paoolkhuna – Imprints of Maharashtra’. Paoolkhuna is the Marathi word for footprints, and the carnival aims to showcase the cultural heritage and history of Indian art and craft. Designed in an interactive format, the carnival invites travellers to sample the food, art, dress, culture and heritage of the State and widen their experiences.

The artworks include India’s tallest 3D printed installation shaped like a banyan tree called “Jhada”, a one-piece monastery temple inspired by the Ajanta caves made from corrugated sheets, and a first-of-its-kind “human library”, which allows people from all over the State to narrate their stories instead of letting them read from books.

MIAL officials said the 87 installations have been placed across the airport so that not only departing passengers, but also the arrivals at the airport can catch a glimpse. The stalls include one where people can learn to make Kolhapuri footwear and another where they can learn to weave cane baskets from trained artisans from various parts of the State.

“I have been making cane baskets since I was five years old. I did not want to do another job because this art is handed down generation to generation in our family. I want to continue the tradition and can make one cane basket within 12 minutes,” Uzayat Khan (20), a basket weaver from Vidarbha, said.

The carnival also has live dance performances and storytelling sessions on the airport premises, showcasing the Maharashtrian culture.

“I tell small folk tales that have been passed on since generations in Maharashtra to keep the tradition alive. While reciting the stories, I use some Marathi words so that foreign citizens can learn some words too,” Dr. Sherline Pimenta, a performer at the carnival, said.

The attractions are open to passengers as well as airline staff.

“I have learnt a new craft of slipper-making today. This is a very creative and interesting way of keeping passengers occupied. I have not seen this in any other airport,” Anaitha M., an IndiGo crew member, said.

“In an urban life, we all live in a shared spaces, and we need to learn together, therefore we at GVK believe in collaborating, cocreating and coexisting. The Jaya He museum is an absolutely non-profitable centre, we only aim at providing travellers an enriching indulgence with Indian traditions and culture,” an MIAL official said.

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