Suparna was always drawn to art, and from a young age, she spent her time experimenting
with different mediums and surfaces. She was self-taught and didn't have any formal
training, but her natural talent was undeniable. She started her career right after school,
painting on clothes, walls, and even started a trend in the late 80's when she pioneered in
painting 'Garfield Shoes' for a popular Mumbai homegrown brand 'Mischief'.
Suparna's love for challenges led her to paint on a variety of surfaces such as fabric, glass, earthen wear, pots, fans, walls, phones and many more. She had always believed that there was no surface that she couldn't conquer, until she took up the 100 ft challenge of painting tin sheets for 'The Wall of Inclusivity In Expression' at Lollapalooza India.
Despite her professional success, Suparna faced many challenges as an artist without formal training. She has since learned that formal training opens a whole new world of opportunities and advises other artists to seek it out. Her portfolio boasts of iconic works such as the blue kurta for Ed Sheeran's 2017 India concert, murals on the walls of India's tennis star Leader Paes's office and Indo-western fusion attire in the BookASmile hamper for the band U2 during their 2019 concert in India.
As she wiped the paint smears from her fingers, Suparna smiled with pride, reflecting on her transformative experience at Lollapalooza India. She had the opportunity to work with other artists from the transgender community and her experience reinforced her strong belief in supporting acceptance, inclusivity, and the right for everyone to be who they are, without conforming to society's expectations.
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The Wall Of Inclusivity
The Wall Of Inclusivity in Expression
Welcome to The Wall Of Inclusivity in Expression
Standing before you lies this gigantic 100-foot wall created by a group of people who are
united in thought and artists by design . This wall is a labour of love and collaboration,
where each person has contributed their own unique style.
Keeping to its ethos of creating entertainment led experiences in Art & Music amongst other genres, BookASmile, a BookMyShow charity initiative collaborated with the Aravani Art Project, a collective of people from the transgender community and Mumbai based artist Suparna Singh Jashnani to bring to you “ The Wall of Inclusivity in Expression”
Together, they put brush to tin all week long to create this landscape that speaks to the spirit of this festival, our city and its people. The Wall of Inclusivity in Expression is a kaleidoscope depicting the quintessential life of Mumbaikars, the flavour of Lollapalooza and the essence of BookASmile.
You will find in these vibrant murals quirky illustrations of Mumbai’s iconic story like the Gateway of India at Apollo Bunder built during the 20th century and the most photographed landmark in the city or death defying local transport like Kaali-Peeli taxis and auto-rickshaws that weave in and out of our city streets with gay abandon, the phrase, packed-in-like- sardines takes on new definition when you experience travelling in our BEST buses and local trains, Mumbai Dabbawala who outshine any food delivery app , and of course the pulse of this city – it’s celebrations and street food like vada pav, cutting chai & nimbu soda. All the cacophony and chaos that is Aamchi Mumbai is reproduced on the canvas in front of you, interspersed with intricate patterns, symbols, thoughts and words. And this is just the beginning! You will find so many more portrayals of the many nuances of Mumbai on The WALL.
The Wall of Inclusivity in Expression stands as a broad reminder of the beauty of collaboration and the power of art and music that brings people together. It is an expression of significance, in embracing unity and celebrating diversity. It is a source of inspiration and hope, a beacon of the strength of the human spirit and the power of creativity.
Vada Pav - The Indian Burger
You can't go to Mumbai without trying Vada Pav, the city's most famous snack.
Legend has it that Vada Pav, Mumbai's iconic street food, was born in 1966 when
named Ashok Vaidya set up his stall outside Dadar station. The stall served fried
of spicy mashed potatoes mixed with chutney slathered over 'pavs'
At the time, vada pav was mainly eaten by mill workers around Parel during the old days as it was very economical, around ten paise in 1970!
Today, vada pavs are everywhere—and not just in Mumbai! You'll find them at street stalls throughout India, as well as at restaurants across the country.
But if you want to experience the real thing, head over to the Vada Pav stall right here at the festival and grab yourself one Or you could always take a selfie with the Vada Pav on the Wall Of Inclusivity in Expression!
Kaali Peeli Taxis - Black & Yellow Cabs
In the early 1911, horse-drawn carriages were the only option for people looking to
The arrival of the Fiat Padmini in 1970 in Mumbai as the Kaali-Peeli changed that. It is now used by many people as an affordable mode of transportation. After all, it can carry up to four passengers and one driver!
In recent years, many other cars have joined the fleet of Kali Peelis.
When you think of Mumbai, the first thing that probably comes to mind is its people, who are some of the most ambitious and hardworking anywhere in the world. And yet, it's also a city with a booming food delivery business
The first 'dabbawalla' in Mumbai started delivering tiffin boxes in 1890. Mahadeo Bhavaji Bachche, the founder of the business, started a tiffin delivery service to a British man on request. The Parsi and British communities living in Mumbai needed convenient delivery services, and he fulfilled that need. Today, over 5,000 dabbawallas are involved in the business. They use symbols, signs, and colours to help them deliver these tiffin’s to their destinations as efficiently as possible. They're so organized that business schools use them as a case study!
Auto-Rickshaws - Three Wheelers
The auto-rickshaw, a vehicle that revolutionized the way people travelled in India,
interestingly did not have an easy ride to our roads!
In 1948, it took the Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, a round of the Government House in an auto-rickshaw to be completely impressed. A formal application for permission to register and operate such vehicles as public conveyance was set into motion. The then home minister of Bombay province Morarji Desai agreed and the state transport department took a trial and granted permission, says the book.
The pioneer of the three-wheeler in India was Navalmal Firodia (also known as Naval), a Gandhian lawyer-turned-entrepreneur who also coined the term auto-rickshaw’ and gave people an affordable way to get around.
Nimbu Mirchi Totka - Talisman
The nimbu mirchi is the quintessential Indian remedy, and it works wonders. Not only
it ward off evil, but it also attracts good fortune.
This remedy is often found hanging from the doors of homes in India, especially newly constructed houses. New cars in India are driven over lemon as they are rolled out of showrooms.
Legend has it, the talisman nimbu mirchi totka (an esoteric or magical cure), consists of seven chilis (mirchi) and a lemon (nimbu) and is used as an offering to Alakshmi, the goddess of misfortune, who is the evil sister of Goddess Lakshmi.
Alakshmi is said to prefer sour, pungent and spicy flavours so the combination of the chili peppers and lemons is impossible for her to resist. Drawn to the citrus-y, peppery fragrance, Alakshmi feasts on the nimbu mirchi and stays outside the shop or house, keeping misfortune at bay.
This remedy is also known as Nazar Battu. It is changed every Friday night and a new one is tied on every Saturday morning. The old Nazar Battu is thrown away somewhere far from the house or office so that the evil cannot find the location of their home.
So if you're looking for something that will keep your house safe from misfortune while also attracting good luck, then look no further than your local Indian store! A bag of these spicy beauties should do just fine.
Cutting Chai - Tea Shots
When you're in Mumbai, you can't help but think of Chai—it's everywhere.
The quintessential 'cutting chai' literally translates to 'cut into
half', which means a small quantity of tea.
Typically, a half a cup of chai is called as ‘Cutting Chai’ and a full cup is called as ‘Double Cutting Chai’. People often drink it from special small sized glasses served by the local tea vendors at every Nukkad (street corner) to simply refresh their senses or enjoyed with khari biscuits, vada pav, dabeli or bun maska.
Mumbai is all about chai. It's not just a drink—it's a way of life.
The Mumbai local train network is a part of history. The trains were built by the British as part of the first railway network in Asia. The first train journey took place along a 34 km route in 1853 between Thane and Bori Bunder (now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, which has been named after India's great king Shivaji)
Mumbai's local rail network is one of the busiest commuter train systems in the world; with 7.5 million people using it to commute daily, it is no wonder that overcrowding here reaches epic proportions. In spite of this, the railways manage to ferry more people each day than a whole country like Switzerland or Bhutan can hold together.
These local trains are also a marketplace for selling wares , anything from edibles to wear-ables and are really affordable too! You will sometimes find the Indian version of the Von Trapp family moving from train to train , belting out tunes in the hope of receiving alms from commuters. A unique feature is that Men and Women travel in different compartments on the local train!
From women travellers returning home from office gossiping about their mothers-in- law whilst cleaning vegetables that they will rush home to cook for the evening meal to men who create makeshift card tables from their briefcases and engage in a quick hand of cards hoping to win a few rupees before their station arrives - there’s never a dull moment on Mumbai’s local train!
The railway tracks are ONLY silent only for about 90 minutes a day! Did you come to the festival in one of our local trains?
Mumbai’s Koli Community
The Koli fishing communities have been living and working along the coastal waters of
Mumbai's seven islands for over 500 years. The very name, ‘Mumbai’, is said to
derived from their goddess & patron deity, 'Mumbadevi'.
Every morning, the Kolis of Mumbai wake up and head out to sea that make up the city's coastline, in 100's of fishing boats which bring a daily fresh catch of 300-400 tonnes of fish every day.
THE HUMANS BEHIND THE WALL OF INCLUSIVITY IN EXPRESSION
BookASmile, a BookMyShow charity initiative collaborated with Mumbai based artist Suparna Singh Jashnani and the Aravani Art Project, to bring to you “ The WALL of Inclusivity in Expression”, a gigantic 100-foot wall created by a group of people who are united in thought and artists by design.
Aravani Art Project is a collective of people from the transgender community who advocate the idea of reclaiming spaces in this world by creating art in an attempt to encourage members of the LGBTQIA+ community to come out in public and feel safe , confident and belonged.
The WALL of Inclusivity In Expression, is a labour of love and collaboration, where each person has contributed their own unique style. It is an expression of hope and strength that has been created with the objective of bringing together all communities under one roof and celebrating diversity. It is also a platform for young artists to showcase their talent under one roof.
As we celebrate this unique culture and its rich heritage, we bring to you their stories
Who We Are & What We Do
BookMyShow's charity initiative, BookASmile, has been enriching the lives of the less fortunate across India through "Entertainment-led Experiences''. Since its inception, BookASmile has been committed to bringing joy and opportunities to underserved communities in India through the power of entertainment.
We have been able to bring Cinema, Sport, Dance, Theatre, Music & the Arts to those who might not otherwise have had the chance to experience these things. We also work to ensure that these organisations have access to resources and support, helping them make a greater impact in their communities. Apart from this, we extend our support to a number of animal welfare groups and are always the first to jump in and offer aid during natural disasters and calamities.
String For A Cause
A string artist weaves coloured string, wool, wire, or yarn between hammered nails to make
geometric patterns. Artists use thread and nails to create curved patterns that form various
We hope you’ve had a chance to interact & enjoy the BookASmile String Art Installation at the festival. If not, then do pop by because for every piece of yarn which has been strung, BookASmile will donate Rs 100 /- toward Music Education at Manzil Mystics, aligning you with a worthy cause.
INCLUSIVITY, ACCESSIBILITY & SUSTAINABILITY
Welcome to the Lollapalooza India Venue, where you can experience entertainment in an environmentally-friendly and sustainable way. As the producers and co-promoters of the festival, BookMyShow and their charity initiative BookASmile have taken several measures towards the #LollaForChange movement, setting an example for other music festivals in the country to follow. Join us in this movement and learn more about it here.
A Zero Garbage Festival is a revolutionary event that prioritizes the environment and sustainability. Beginning with the set-up in early January, the festival has implemented a 'zero waste to landfill' goal, successfully reducing and diverting over 90% of waste away from landfills. We take a strong stance against single-use plastics and non-recyclable materials, implementing measures to minimize their usage from production set-up and throughout the festival. Join us in our mission to make a positive impact on the environment and experience entertainment in a responsible way.
Foolproof Waste Management At our festival, we take waste management seriously. Our team of volunteers will guide attendees on the proper waste segregation process at key waste generation areas, including the Lolla Food Park. A dedicated waste sorting area will be set up at the rear of the venue, where waste will be sorted into more than 15 categories, including paper, plastic, cans, glass bottles, cardboard, food scraps, compostable plates, and e-waste. All biodegradable and recyclable waste will be transported to composting facilities or dry waste centres for further processing.
Zero Food Waste Food waste is a common problem at festivals, but we're taking steps to change that. Our 'Zero Food Waste' program ensures that all excess, edible foods will be collected and shared with local NGOs and low-income communities at the end of each day of the festival. Excess foods will be collected in special containers and food-grade bags, which will then be sent to food donation locations for further distribution to underprivileged beneficiaries.
Cups from Crop Waste We're committed to reducing the number of times people change their glasses while getting their drinks. That's why we're providing reusable cups made from crop waste that are environmentally-friendly. A limited discount on these quirky, designed cups will be available at all bars at the festival to encourage fans to use them.
Wat-er Super Idea
Eliminate Plastic Bottles We're working to remove as much plastic bottled water as possible by having water stations at most places in the festival for both working crew and consumers. These Water Stations will provide free water for all consumers carrying their own water bottle, while those who aren't carrying any bottles can purchase a reusable glass with a partial refund to the consumer upon return of the purchased glass.
Let's C about Carbon
Reducing the Carbon Footprint, Increasing our Conscious Footprint
Hop on any of the 100+ dedicated to the festival connecting all of Mumbai. Covering a total of 80 pick-up locations spread across Mumbai, each route mapped under the CityFlo partnership will have the capacity to transport 3,500 people to and from the venue.
Start your musical journey for the day as soon as you step off the train. Mahalaxmi Railway Station will feature acoustic guitarists performing cover songs of most popular artists at the festival and the icing on the cake is you get Lollapalooza goodies and a discount coupon on F&B at the festival upon showing their train ticket along with the festival pass. All this for being conscious with us!
Movement and transportation within the festival periphery for festival goers
and the crew will be enabled by electric vehicles including e-rickshaws, electric scooters and
We are determined to make a positive impact on the environment and encourage festival- goers to do the same. Join us and be a part of the change.
Music for All
Accessibility is a commitment to making music festivals inclusive and accessible for all attendees, regardless of their physical, visual, or hearing abilities. The festival organizers have implemented several measures such as a specially-equipped team to help and guide physically, visually, and hearing-impaired festival fans, a dedicated lane for wheelchair access, Sign Language Interpreters to interpret the music for headlining artists for hearing- impaired attendees and dedicated riser platforms for all attendees to enjoy the show. This is the first multi-genre music festival in India to make music accessible in this way.
.Music Without Boundaries: Inclusivity
Lollapalooza India is committed to creating an inclusive and safe space for all attendees, with a focus on the LGBTQIA+ community and sexual assault prevention. The festival organizers have partnered with organizations to ensure that the festival is a safe space for all individuals and will have Quick Response Teams on-ground to assist with psychological safety and inclusivity. The festival crew and staff are sensitized on important topics such as gender, pronouns, consent, and other aspects that are crucial when interacting with festival attendees. The festival also enables gender-neutral washrooms to eliminate distinctions and create an equal space for all attendees. This is Lollapalooza's commitment to "Music without boundaries: Inclusion"
Music Kay Musafir
The Festival is inclusive in every aspect, the line-up of performance not only includes leading
global artists but has announced a 30 min showcase of original songs by ‘Little Songwriters
of Enabling Leadership’ giving a platform to 40 young talented artists from ‘Music Kay
Musafir’ a music ensemble of young students who write songs about their communities &
aspirations. Through their original music, these student leaders wish to enable positive
change in the world around them. These students, studying in government schools across
Mumbai, are a part of Enabling Leadership's music program.
This festival is an opportunity for the entire community to come together to celebrate and share our love for music. With a mission of enabling social change through music by providing equal opportunities for all persons regardless of gender, age or class. It aims at promoting positive thinking and harmony through music, but also about bringing together people from different backgrounds and cultures for creating something bigger than themselves.
Patronizing our friendly
Lollapalooza has partnered with local restaurants in and around the Race Course to offer special dining packages for festival attendees. These packages can be pre-booked, allowing patrons to walk from the festival venue to nearby restaurants for exclusive multi-course meals. This partnership will ensure that festival attendees do not have to wait in long lines for food and will also enable better management of facilities for restaurant authorities. This way, not only festival attendees but also the local restaurants will be benefited.
Local Youth as Traffic Marshals
A festival at the scale of Lollapalooza draws mammoth crowds on foot as well as vehicular
traffic. In addition to our local Mumbai police who will be regulating the traffic, the festival
team has engaged 1200 to 1500 members from local youth communities to step in as Traffic
Marshals to man the traffic around the circular periphery of Haji Ali, NSCI Club & the
Mahalaxmi Race Course.
The Traffic Marshals who will bring in their expertise are also trained by Lollapalooza's security team on best practices for crowd control, safety and emergency response. They will also receive training on cultural awareness and sensitivity when interacting with members of other communities.
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