“Misaal Mumbai” is an initiative by Artist and Social Worker Rouble Nagi. It started with Paint Dharavi in 2016 and now in numerous Areas in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra. Over 43000 houses have been painted and waterproofed by us till now. Rouble Nagi and her team painted these slums by including locals, volunteers and residents. We have trained some of the younger volunteers from art colleges in painting workshops and ended up employing locals and student volunteers to finish the project in less than a month. The result was an explosion of rainbow hues that would be visible from far away, stretching from one dwelling to the next in a wave of unexpected energy.
It is a quick way to create visual impact. Our projects will also employ people and give them a sense of ownership over the artworks they create in their own community while improving the condition of their houses. Street art opens a window for discussion and some positive news from places. Colourful surroundings will change the lives of the local community. The main goal is to give life to the slum and keep it clean and hygienic. Everything will be bright and colourful. Misaal Mumbai is not only about painting the walls we also have workshops on the importance of sanitation, hygiene and education for residents of the slums and villages. With Misaal Mumbai we merely want to create interventions, that hopefully ignite some other change.
In the end, we hope our Project “ MISAAL MUMBAI” will help others to set up projects of their own, be it Mumbai or anywhere else in India. Its the first slum painting initiative in India. We are currently painting more than 63 slums and villages in different parts of the country , starting with Mumbai some of them are Dhobi Ghat (Colaba), Ambedkar Nagar (Cuffe Parade) Machhimar Nagar (Colaba) and Kamathipura just to name a few.
I believe "until the interest of an artist shifts from the personal sensation to a sense of communal service, his work cannot grow. An artists work cannot take on real greatness until it bears the burden of people”.
About Rouble Nagi Art Foundation
Rouble Nagi Art Foundation is a Mumbai-based NGO, registered under Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950. We are currently running five programs focusing mainly on Women Empowerment, Education and children welfare. "Rounak" is a program which focuses on Education, and we are running art courses for Govt schools all across Maharashtra. Our latest initiative "Misaal Mumbai" is a slum area development, repairing and painting initiative. We have already painted more than
15000 houses in Slums such as Jaffer Baba Colony, Dhobi Ghat, Machimaar Nagar Cuffe Parade, Ambedkar Nagar Colaba just to name a few.