PUNE: Beautifully painted walls in Pimpri-Chinchwad have become the talk of the town. The paintings are not only bringing a smile on the faces of the citizens but are also a wake-up call for them towards social responsibility.
39-year-old Ranjit Ingale’s creativity has created this buzz. Ingale, a government contractor, received a contract from Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to paint the walls. “While the team of painters were busy painting the wall, many onlookers stopped to appreciate their work. Few people also clicked selfies with them,” said Ingale. The entire stretch of the compound wall conveys the message of environment conservation.
Ingale, in his 11 concepts of illustrations, has also used ‘street art painting’ which is probably the first of its kind art concept used in PCMC areas. “It is probably the first time that a street art painting has been used for painting walls in Pune or rather the whole State. This kind of painting is mostly popular in foreign countries and I have adapted it here,” Ingale told Sakal Times.
Ingale, along with two teams led by Deepak Chandane and Yuvraj Jadhav, one group of about 20 artistes and another of about 16 artistes, painted the walls in different concepts which include waterfalls, waves, aquarium, forest, tree plantation, save animals and birds etc.
One of the sides of the wall has a strip of popular characters like Charlie Chaplin, Air India Maharaja and children’s favourite comic characters like Motu-Patlu, Doraemon, Shinchan, Chota Bheema, Chutki, etc, promoting tree plantation.
“We have used the comic characters to attract children who can get motivated by looking at these paintings to grow plants and save the environment,” said Ingale, who began painting the town a year ago.
Ingale has been a contractor in government offices for advertisement, prints, making videos and documentary-films based on social causes. “I feel this is my way of contributing to the society and using wall paintings as a mode of communication to raise awareness about the environment conservation,” he said.
Apart from the environment, the painter has also depicted sacrifices made by army soldiers and their bravery to protect the country.
The painter took an opportunity to pay tribute to the soldiers of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) against the backdrop of the recent flood situation in Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara districts. One of the paintings depicted a soldier being the bridge between two distant mountains while people walk on him to reach the other side.
“This is the compound wall of a military station. Therefore, we by default felt the need to acknowledge and pay tribute to our soldiers. Also recently, the NDRF team had bravely worked in relief work of flood-affected people,” said Ingale.
PCMC Environment Department’s Executive Engineer Sanjeev Kulkarni said that the department has taken up this initiative to create awareness about the environment considering it as the need of the hour.
AMAZING STREET ART
Ingale has painted a total of one lakh square feet (sq ft) wall spaces in Pimpri-Chinchwad area in the last six months. His recent work on 36,000 sq ft compound wall of Aundh Military Station, which also includes a western concept of ‘street art painting’, has been attracting many onlookers for selfies.