Mumbai hyperlocal: On Vile Parle’s memory lane, a wall of history

The beautification project was necessitated by men urinating on the walls in the area, say locals.

Written by SANKET JAIN | Mumbai | Published:May 13, 2016 2:13 am
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A walk down Vile Parle will enlighten you about the transformation of the locality, which used to house the first-ever Parle biscuit factory, depicted on the walls of the Happy Home Society in Vile Parle (East).

Covering the raw wall are art works highlighting the changes over the years: there is a painting of Old Vile Parle followed by one of the 100-year-old Parleshwar temple, from which the area gets its name. A representation of an aerial view of Vile Parle is also painted on a mural.

The beautification project was necessitated by men urinating on the walls in the area, say locals.

The murals were planned by local corporator Jyoti Alvani.

“Earlier, Parle was known for having small bungalows or villas, which is why it is called Vile Parle. Now, buildings have come up replacing small bungalows. Parle is also known as a cultural centre. So, I decided to depict Parle’s history with the changes that have happened over the years on the building walls in my ward,” said Alwani, who has used her corporator funds for the work.

One drawing is of the Mor (peacock) Bungalow, once situated where the Dinanath Mangeshkar Hall stands today. Old timers say the Mor bungalow was famous for having a statue of a peacock atop its dome. The owner was rumoured to have owned pet peacocks too.

Some of the other paintings illustrate the Old Tilak Mandir built in 1924 and new Tilak mandir with three storey structure, Sathaye Mahavidyalaya, New Parle Tilak School, Derasar Mahatma Gandhi Road.

The work is being executed by two artists. Having started a month ago, over 30 drawings have now been completed and the walls are almost complete.

Officials from the K East ward office said they hope to undertake more such initiatives under the Swachh Mumbai Abhiyaan.

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