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Feb 21, 2019



Pune : Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (PSCDCL) with its unique initiative – Pune SmART Week – has been attracting artistic talents across all age group. In one such novel event, Children’s Smart Pune Art Installation, Punekars witnessed an artistic visualization of its cityscape through children’s imagination. The inauguration was done by Sheetal Bapat- Founder and Director of Shyamchi Aai Foundation, Raqesh Vashisth – Actor, Model, Painter and Sculptor, and Mrs. Madhuri Sahasrabuddhe – Chairperson, Law Committee, PMC. Renowned writer of Chintoo Comic Strips Mr. Charuhas Pandit also paid a visit to grace the occasion. The exhibition that started yesterday until the 24th of February, showcases art work made by children on the theme of Smart Pune. This exhibition is a must-go-to event for all children and their families.

“Finally, Pune has its own much needed art festival. I am amazed at the kind of creativity and the activities this fest is carrying out. Pune has a culture of rich heritage and art, and Pune SmART Week definitely exceeds expectations of Punekars from an Art fest. Pune needs more such spaces of art and creativity”, said Sheetal Bapat. As she addressed the students of sixth and seventh standards, she said “Marks is just a ticket to go to the next standard. You definitely must study. But, don’t kill your passion for art just for the sake of good marks. Creativity, empathy towards self and others, and out-of-the-box thinking will actually take you further ahead in your career and in your life.”

Noted actor, model, painter and sculptor, Raqesh Vashisth, was awe-struck by the kind of art fest that Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (PSCDCL) has hosted through Pune SmART Week. “I am very happy to see art fest of this magnitude being celebrated for the first time in Pune. The kind of creativity, the finesse in executing it, and the intent behind it, everything is just amazing. I definitely wish to be a part of it, and I call out for people all around Pune to come and visit this unique celebration for art.”

Mrs. Madhuri Sahasrabuddhe, Corporator, PMC inspired the students to think out-of-the-box. She said, “Who makes these boxes? It’s us and the people around us create them, while we create for others, by criticizing uniqueness or something that is different and against convention. So when we say ‘think out-of-the-box’, we are actually saying that don’t let others kill your creativity. Take care of it, nurture it, and don’t criticize it.”

Later, the evening saw a playful intermingling of poetry and singing in a high-energy performance by Vaibhav Joshi, Sandeep Khare and Savani Shende Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir. Around same time, David Shulman, the expert in Indology, had a candid conversation with the audience at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Auditorium. Later, the same venue experienced the divinity in the voice of renowned Hindustani Classical Vocalist Pandit Pushkar Lele. Punekars also witnessed the creative plotting of portrait by artist Manjiri More in a live demo. NFAI showcased the all-time favorite classic film – Devdas, and Mulshi Pattern. And citizens at Sambhaji Park were busy enjoying Literature Fest, open mic, open theatre and demos by artists.

Talking about unique confluence of art and talent, Dr. Rajendra Jagtap, CEO, Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (PSCDCL), says, “Pune SmART Week is an initiative by PSCDCL to connect the citizens of Pune to strengthen social inclusion through public spaces and rekindle an energy connection through an array of programs.”

(for the 22nd) Today, people can look forward to the Children’s Smart Pune Art Installation, which was inaugurated yesterday at Raja Ravi Varma Art Gallery. The budding filmmakers and storytellers, can look forward to the craft of film making from the “Rajat Kamal” National Award winner Atanu Biswas at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Auditorium at 10:30 am. Learn the art of how to build a character and dramatically unveil it to elevate the overall impact of the film from the film maker who has had professional associations with Basu Chatterjee, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Joy Augustine, Shashi Ranjan, and others. In expert talks, go on a journey with a historian, a trekker and an author of 55 books, P K Ghanekar to Pune and its environs, with the scope for tourism at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Auditorium at 5 pm.

“I think this concept is an important step towards making Pune a truly Smart City. I urge the citizens of Pune to be a part of this fest by visiting a wide range of art performances that Pune SmART Week has organized for you”, says Mrs. Mukta Tilak, the Mayor of Pune.

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Last modified: Thursday February 28th, 2019

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