October 2016


Public art is an art form which expresses community values, enhances  our environment, transforms the landscape, heighten our awareness, depicts life, celebrates history , question our assumptions and mainly elicits attention of the community . Placed in public sites, this art is there for everyone, a form of collective community expression. Public art is a reflection of how we see the world – the artist’s response to our time and place combined with our own sense of who we are. Its size can be huge or small. It can tower fifty feet high or call attention to the paving beneath your feet. Its shape can be abstract or realistic (or both), and it may be cast, carved, built, assembled, or painted. It can be site-specific or stand in contrast to its surroundings.

The well known examples of public art which are Hand bird statue at Narsimaraju square  the   ‘Applied DNA’ (Bangalore helix),On MG Road by Yussuf Arrakal. The Hand bird statute celebrates the spirit of freedom while the applied DNA Statue sponsored by M/s. Biocon is a stainless steel work on the double helix structure of the Human DNA. World wide some brilliant works are the Atomium   and Manneken Pis statute in Brussels, Trevi fountain in Italy.


Recently The Arcelor Mittal Orbit (often referred to as the Orbit Tower or simply just the Orbit) which is a 114.5-metre-tall (376 ft) sculpture and observation tower in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London. This work is done by an Indian artist Mr.Anish Kapoor. It is Britain’s largest piece of public art, and is intended to be a permanent lasting legacy of London’s hosting of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Para Olympic Games. Sited between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, it allows visitors to view the whole Olympic Park from two observation platforms.


We in Citrus Ventures are commissioning a public art sculpture by Mr.Sudesh Mahan at Belmont.




  1. Dussehra festival is an important hindu festival celebrated with religious fervour in all parts of the country. In Karnataka this festival is also know as  “nadu habba “i.e state festival .

The festival is celebrated for the first 10 days and 9 nights(waxing moon ) in the month of Ashwija/Ashwin

In South India ,  it starts with a doll festival which is known as Bombe Habba (in Kannada)/ Bommai Kolu (in Tamil) and Bomma Golu (in Telugu). On the first day of festival following Ganapathi pooja, dolls are displayed on a rack of shelves.The display  is predominantly based on  depictions from Purana’s, court life, royal procession, ratha yatra, weddings, everyday life etc. In the evenings, women and children within the neighbourhood invite each other to visit their homes to view the doll displays, they also exchange gifts and sweets. The 8th day is celebrated as Durga Astami. This is the day when Goddess Durga killed demon Mahisasura . It signifies triumph of good over evil. The 9th Day is celebrated as Maha Navami / Ayudha Pooja. On this day Arjuna (the Pandava) is supposed to have  retrieved  his  hidden weapons from the Shami/Banni tree performed Ayudha Pooja and used them to defeat  Kauravas  . The 10th day is celebrated as Vijaya Dashmi , On this day Lord Rama (the seventh avatar of Vishnu) killed Ravana, to rescue Sita. In north India this is celebrated by burning of effigies of Ravana. This day is considered as the most auspicious day. House warming, buying of vehicles, household articles, inaugurating new businesses are done on this day.

In Gujarat on all the nine nights of Navarathri Dandiya Raas a traditional folk dance is performed to celebrate the  lila (tales) of Lord Krishna and Radha at Vrindavan.

In East India this festival is celebrated as Durga Pooja with great devotion. Each day prayers are offered for all 9 forms of goddess Durga as mentioned below:

Day Form of  Goddess Durga worshipped
1 Shailaputri
2 Bharmacharini
3  Chandra Ghanta
4 Kushmanda
5 Skanda Mata
6 Katyayani
7 Kaal Ratri
8 Maha Gauri
9 Siddhidatri


We at Citrus Ventures want to wish all our customers and fellow countryman a Happy Dusssehra


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