A modern art museum spreading throughout Terminal 2 of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport that exhibits the work of more than 100 artists is a must-visit place in Mumbai. GVK Jaya He Museum is a collection of several artifacts, art installations, and antique objects that delights the passengers coming in or going through T2 and other visitors who wish to see India’s rich art and craft heritage under one roof.
Timing: 12 am to 11:59 pm (All days)
Location: Terminal 2, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Entry Fees: Free
Born out of the vision of Mr. Sanjay Reddy in 2009, Vice-Chairman of GVK Power and Infrastructure Limited, the ‘Jaya He GVK New Museum’ at Terminal 2 of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja International Airport celebrates India at an airport that can compete with any global equivalent while also retaining a distinct sense of culture and identity. The GVK CSIA T2 was inaugurated in 2014 with a world-class design, architecture, and operational efficiency along with a wonderful distillation of Indian culture and its heritage which is displayed at India’s largest public art program titled ‘Jaya He’.
GVK Jaya He Museum, through corporate efforts and initiatives, has emerged as the landmark to safeguard an immense cultural resource from getting lost to the future generations and showcases a multi-story Art Wall illuminated by skylights with over 7000 pieces of artwork and artifacts from every region of India. The term ‘Jaya He’ is taken out from the National Anthem which summarizes the diversity and glory of incredible India and the GVK New Museum at T2 tries to capture and reposition the Arts and Crafts heritage of India in the public view. The museum showcases antique ritual artifacts, architectural features, paintings, sculptures, textiles, etc. from distinct sources displayed in more than a hundred art installations in its permanent exhibition and celebrates the fine art and artistry of the craftsman from all across the country.
The art installations are planned in a way that the passengers can get a peek at the beautiful exhibition while arriving or departing from T2 and can experience the diversity of Indian art and craft under a single roof. The 3.2km central curvilinear wall of T2 depicts India’s art and craft through 6 thematic compositions sprawled on different levels that are India Greets, India Global, India Elemental, India Silent Sentinels, India Moves, and India Seamless where each of them narrates a different story. The Departure Level of T2 explores a variety of different objects ranging from doorways, facades, antique boats, bullock carts, porches, temple chariots, lotuses, angels, ancestral figures, and celestial guardian figures to name a few. The Arrival corridor houses a series of custom-made artworks by folk, tribal, and modern artists who reside in Mumbai city. The Baggage carousels are lined by installations that rejoice in India’s textile tradition by some famous designers such as Manish Malhotra and Ritu Kumar.
The GVK Jaya He Museum presents India’s past, present, and future of art and craft in a nutshell and amazes the visitors and passengers with the grandeur and diversity of the exhibition. There is also a Jaya He store and exhibition space that allows the passengers to take away some elements of the Art Program with them as memorabilia.