Mumbai, August 11, 2022: Keeping the patriotic spirit high, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) is all set to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day with much fervor. As part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, starting Aug 12 to 15, CSMIA welcomes all passengers to celebrate ‘Azadi ke Rang’ with meaningful activities and engagement programs to commemorate this auspicious day of our country.
Passengers travelling through the airport during the celebration week would get to experience and enjoy different forms of Indian art. CSMIA collaborated with Shark Tank fame – Rare Planet, a young start-up that sells hand-curated items made by Indian artisans, to celebrate this joyous occasion with all its passengers and personnel.
Rare Planet aims to create a financial independence for karigars (artisans) in India and make them truly ‘Atma Nirbhar’, which is the core message of this event at CSMIA. With nearly 10,000 karigars and its commitment to their welfare, the brand has now also become India’s Largest Airport Retailer in its Category–Arts & Souvenirs. This Independence Day activity is a testament to CSMIA’s efforts towards supporting Indian artisans & honoring arts & crafts, while being a Gateway to the world for cultural nuances besides being the pride of Mumbai.
Artisans will paint the ancient ‘Patachitra’ Art – which originates from the eastern Indian states of Odisha, West Bengal and even parts of Bangladesh on different mediums such as Kulhads (Clay cups), Wooden Trays, Kettles & Canvas’. These are 6th Generation artisans who have continued preserving this art form. Passengers’ participating in the event can carry those paintings as a souvenir and also buy various other amazing hand painted products made by these talented artisans. Moreover, there will also be professional musicians who will perform the classical ‘Patua’ music which is a cultural tradition of ‘Bengal Patachitra’. Passengers will get to experience these artforms at both Terminal 1 & 2 from 7 am to 12 pm & from 4.30 pm to 9.30 pm on all four days.
As an ode to the lesser-known martyrs who have contributed to today’s Independent India, CSMIA as part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, has hosted various events in the past, which includes – Warli Art painting workshop, employee webinars, social media campaigns and more. Thus, truly embodying the spirit of Gateway to Goodness, CSMIA welcomes passengers to observe this historic day with much excitement and pride.