A placemaking project working with local artists supported by Bombay61 Studio and Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic. Bombay61 Studio, in collaboration with the Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic, has undertaken two placemaking activities at Versova Koliwada, transforming key public spaces including the Bhandari community well and the Mandvi Gully. The work incorporates an urban design project alongside street art initiatives with local artists. In support of the project and community. By working with local Koli artists including Sairaj Shigwan (from Mulund Koliwada), Nilesh Dhakle (from Versova Koliwada), and Rujvi Sankpal (from Lalbaug, Parel), the project seeks to actively include communities in design interventions.
Key transformations at the Bhandari Chawl and Mandvi Gully bring to light the symbolic and historical significance of these areas and aims to re-establish a positive relationship of the Koli community with their locality.
Bombay61 have similarly worked towards documenting Koli history and culture in Through the Eyes of the Kolis: A reflection on Mumbai’s past, present and future, a digital photo exhibition in collaboration with the Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic, and hosted by The Heritage Lab.