There is no better way to introduce a visitor to a region’s people, history and culture than through visual art. That is why Visakhapatnam International Airport displayed incredible artwork of the rural landscape and slices of tradition and culture of the region inside the terminal to draw the attention of tourists coming from across the globe.
From the statues of Araku Valley’s popular Dhimsa dance to carvings of classical dance mudras, paintings that depict the pristine charm of the village life to artworks portraying Simhachalam and Kailasagiri, eye-catching murals highlighting the essence of the festivities to a bunch of abstract artworks, the terminal building comprises an array of artworks. Vizag is a treasure trove of ancient art, so it’s no surprise that at least some part of its international airport should serve as an ambassador of sorts of its artistic heritage.
Some of the artworks portray the livelihood of fishermen in Visakhapatnam as the 135-km long coastal area in the district provides livelihood to the community. Along with others, the essence of the Sankranti festival also took the art route as the walls of the terminal adorn the theme. In addition, a part of the artworks includes Hindustan Shipyard Limited located in the City of Destiny, the country’s biggest shipbuilding yard.
There are many instances where airports install items that are somehow representative of the destinations they actually serve. Taking a leaf out of that pattern, Visakhapatnam International Airport, displayed myriad artwork by fusing with traditional and contemporary elements. Speaking to Hello Vizag, Visakhapatnam Airport Director M Raja Kishore said Visakhapatnam airport is where national and international tourists frequent from various destinations. “The moment they step into the airport, the impressive art installations and paintings draw their attention. The art forms that dot the terminal building mirror the spirit of the district along with its tradition and culture.”
With an impressive collection, the artworks at the terminal provide a visual treat to the tourists and visitors. Passengers who are bound to wait for their flights find it a pleasant experience to utilise the time by browsing through the installations and paintings at the premises which showcases the traditional and cultural heritage of the Visakhapatnam.
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