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‘Power of social media’: Bengaluru ‘moonwalk’ video gets road fixed, netizens praise artist for idea

Earlier this week, Nanjundaswamy devised a special plan of moonwalking in the streets owing to the Chandrayaan 2 buzz and popular theatre actor Poornachandra Mysore, walked down the street in a silver spacesuit, tailor-made from a local costume artist.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 5, 2019 2:50:18 pm
bangalore pothole problem, bangalore artist moonwalk pothole roads, astronaut in bengaluru road, baadal Nanjundaswamy, india news, viral news, indian express Popular theatre actor Poornachandra Mysore, walked down the street in a silver spacesuit, and quickly the video highlighting the bad condition of the roaad went viral. (Source: Baadal Nanjundaswamy/ Facebook)

Authorities in Bengaluru swung into action after a video of an ‘astronaut’ moonwalking on crater-sized potholes took social media by storm. To draw the attention of the public and civic authorities, Karnataka’s famous visual artist, Baadal Nanjundaswamy, shot a video on a road with potholes, that featured the ‘moon walk’ by popular theatre actor Poornachandra Mysore’.

A day after the video went viral, Nanjundaswamy shared images and photos to show “work in progress” at the city’s Herohalli road, where he had shot the video.

“Thank you, people, for such an overwhelming response and support! [sic],” the artist tweeted sharing visuals from the site that showed undergoing repair works. “Quick and prompt response from @BBMP. Thank you very much @BBMPCOMM @BBMP_MAYOR and Mr. Prabhakar, CE RR Nagar who is overlooking on the ground currently,” he added.

People on the internet were delighted by the prompt action taken for his efforts and lauded him for the selfless act. Also, many others suggested him to carry out the same thing in various parts of the city to get the roads fixed as soon as possible. Not just Bengaluru, people from other cities too quipped to seek his assistance to drew attention of the civic authorities.

As the video clocked nearly 2 million views on Facebook and another 1.3 million on Twitter, with widely being circulated even on WhatsApp, authorities couldn’t ignore the issue. According to BBMP officials, the chief engineer in charge of the area was directed to fill up the potholes highlighted in the video by Tuesday afternoon. “The work was done under the supervision of RR Nagar chief engineer S Prabhakar and was completed within the deadline provided by BBMP. The potholes on Tunganagar main road have been filled now,” an official from the BBMP told Indianexpress.com.

Talking to indianexpress.com about the project earlier, Nanjundaswamy said he did not “anticipate the visuals will have such uncanny resemblance.” Asked if he expects a similar outcome this time around, Nanjundaswamy had said he was “hopeful”.

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