you ever sat on the benches painted with different magical
colours? If not then visit Ravindra Bharathi and
enjoy yourself by sitting on the colourfully decorated
benches done by the students of the city. The 26 benches
which are brought from Switzerland are kept as part
of the Swiss Bench Art Exhibition which will
be open to the public till November 12.
Students from different colleges have painted on the
benches on a variety of themes. Ramayana, nature, space
flights, the Taj Mahal, woods, lambada women, great
mall of Hyderabad to aquariums - the themes are aplenty.
Each bench painted by a group of 10 students would be
auctioned at a function at Grand Kakatiya Sheraton
Hotel on November 12 at 6:30 pm in the presence
of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Tourism
Minister E. Peddi Reddy
and Ambassador of Switzerland in India Walter Gyger.
"Fifty per cent of the proceeds of the auction will
go to charitable institutions and the remaining 50 percent
on heritage development", Tourism Secretary Chandana
Khan said. "The bid base for the bench art would
be Rs 10,000. Several corporate houses had been invited
to participate in the bid" she added.
You might be wondering about this art of painting on
the benches. And why not? This type of art is something
new and is being done for the first time in Hyderabad.
But why these benches were brought to Hyderabad all
the way from Switzerland? "There had been a severe storm
in Zurich some time ago in which many trees were uprooted.
Locals then turned the wood into benches. The Switzerland
government decided to provide these benches for theme
a project to India, particularly Hyderabad", said
Chandana Khan explaining about the project.
About 260 students from twenty six schools participated
in the competition which was organised jointly by the
Tourism and Culture Department and government of Switzerland.
The three schools that would emerge winners will be
given a computer each and seven other best schools will
be given special prizes from the Swiss government. The
money thus raised through the proceedings would be equally
shared by the Cultural and Heritage fund and some charitable