Known as the world’s largest open-air laundry, Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai where at any given time of the day, some 8,000 to 10,000 dhobis can be seen working from the original stalls that date back to British rule, now dons a colourful new look, thanks to artist-muralist and social activist Rouble Nagi.
As part of her Misaal Mumbai project, Rouble Nagi, teaming up with Milind Deora and Bhai Jagtap, has brought colour to the lives of the traditional washermen by colouring the Dhobi Ghat. Rouble has been working on Dharavi and Carter Road Slum painting and revamping project where besides just the paint, the slums are also refurbished, roofs were redone with waterproofing to ensure the roofs do not leak in the rain.
“The idea is to ensure a beautiful and colourful metro and at the same time, help the dwellers waterproof their homes. Seeing the look, a lot of them volunteer to join in and help us make their area colourful,” enthuses Rouble Nagi. “That is the least we can do for the dwellers of the world’s largest open laundry. As a Mumbaiite, it is a matter of pride for each of us that we house the dhobi ghats!”