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View Mumbai transport as art

What: The Heritage Transport Museum of India, Gurgaon, might be of interest to the Mumbaikar, especially now, as works by TV Santosh and Hetal Shukla along with rare archival material are on display at the facility. A three-levelled state-of-the-art structure, the museum has an automobile gallery, a dedicated section on the railways, two wheelers, heavy mechanised transportation  and pre-mechanised transportation. Also, historical collections, maritime gallery, tribal art are worth a look. Santosh and Shukla’s artwork are displayed in the Contemporary Art section.

TV Santoshs artwork
TV Santosh’s artwork, Threshold into a Dream is tilted at 30 degrees to investigate the the Victoria Terminus as a symbol of the changing image of the city

Chevrolet is covered with dome mirrors
Titled, Multiplicity, the artwork is by Mumbai-based artist Hetal Shukla in 2012. As seen, a Chevrolet is covered with dome mirrors

Bombay Taxi
Titled, Bombay Taxi, the black-and-white photograph depicts public transport from 1910

How: Santosh’s artwork, premised on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus holds several interpretations. Canvassing its journey from a colonial symbol to the “heart of the city, carrying people within Mumbai and from the rest of the country” including the recent terrorist attack in 2008 as per the museum. The timers, thus could be, in Santosh’s opinion, counting down to a catastrophe or the next act of terrorism or the arrival and departure of trains. The other Mumbai-based artist, Hetal Shukla, who also impressed visitors at the Kala Ghoda two years ago, is known for the artwork, Ambey-se-Darr.    

Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway poster
Bombay Baroda and Central India Railway poster/ advertise-ment

An 1878 lithograph depicting street travel in Bombay. The technique involves the use of limestone, an oil-based pencil, crayons or ink.
An 1878 lithograph depicting street travel in Bombay. The technique involves the use of limestone, an oil-based pencil, crayons or ink.

Ford model
An advertisement of the finest mineral wax candles by Burmah Oil Co Ltd that features Bombay in the background with a Ford model in the foreground

Where: Till: August 30, 2015 (for TV Santosh’s artwork), other artworks are permanent, 10 am to 7 pm 
At: Bilaspur-Tarou Road (Major District Road 132),  off NH8, Bilaspur Chowk, Gurgaon. 
Call: 9991477002 
Log on to: www.heritagetransportmuseum.org
Email: tthakral@heritagetransportationtrust.org

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