Northeast Frontier Railways has asked Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee, Nuruddin Ahmed, to beautify the Guwahati Railway station with paintings, murals and dioramas depicting local culture and heritage. ‘One of the largest railway stations in the Northeast, more the 40,000 people pass through the station. Hence, the department has taken the initiative to display and promote the local culture and heritage through artwork in the station. The total cost of the project will be around Rs 30 lakh,’ according to Ahmed.
Ahmed said two dioramas showcasing the masks of Assam and Xattriya dance are nearing completion. The work has started and the target is to complete it before Durga Puja. He added that there will be 14 models showing handloom and textiles, wildlife, dance forms like Bihu , Jhumur and Bagrumba and traditional attire and musical instruments of the region, to give a new look to the railway station. There will also be murals depicting daily village life, fishing, farming and festivals of Assam as well as other northeastern states.
Ahmed shared he was also working on another project to create three-dimensional replicas of various monuments, wildlife and dance forms of the State at Dibrugarh airport creating replicas of Rang Ghar, Kareng Ghar, Maidam (burial ground of Ahom kings) and Tilinga Mandir.