Embassy of Israel in India unveils symbolic street-art mural to mark 30 years of India-Israel friendship

New Delhi, April 25thTo mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and India, the Embassy of Israel in India collaborated with Delhi Street Art to conceive and execute a wall art project. Today, the Ambassador of Israel to India H.E. Naor Gilon and Smt. Meenakashi Lekhi, Minister of State for Externֱal Affairs and Culture of India unveiled a remarkable mural at Connaught Place, which beautifully depicts and pays tribute to Indian-Jewish actresses who made a mark in the early years of Indian cinema.   

The mural is a tribute to the deep-rooted cultural relations between Israel and India. Through this artwork developed by Delhi Street Art, three prominent Indian-Jewish actresses who made a mark in the Indian cinematic history - Esther Victoria Abraham- Pramila, Sulochana - Ruby Myers and Nadira- Florence Ezekiel, are highlighted.

At the event, Ambassador Naor Gilon said, “Thank you Hon’ble minister Meenakashi Lekhi, thanks to NDMC and to Delhi Street Art, who helped us add more color to the colorful city of Delhi.

Today we are revealing this mural, reminding us of the work of three extraordinary actresses from the Jewish community in India, and in doing so we are also revealing another layer of the unique cultural connection between India and Israel. 

We hope that passersby in this corner will be inspired by these characters; women from a small community who have paved a path for other women to be bold and fearless, and left a mark on what is today, the largest film industry in the world, Bollywood.

This project is one of a series of events to mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel, but as you can see, the relations between our communities have been strong, long before .”

“This project represents the shared history and friendship between India and Israel. I congratulate the people of both nations as together we celebrate 75 years of India’s independence and 30 years of our diplomatic relations”, said Ms. Meenakashi Lekhi, Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture of India.

The mural was designed by Delhi Street Art's founder Yogesh Saini and his team of artists. It took them 7 days to prepare the art.

On the occasion, Mr Yogesh Saini founder of Delhi Street Art said, “We are delighted to be partnering with the Israel embassy in this endeavour. This mural is the fruition of several months of conceptualising, planning and designing. Both India and Israel have been blessed with empowered women in every professional field. We have chosen to represent some of these trendsetting women from the early days of Indian cinema who brought the best of both cultures to the silver screen.”