This initiative will enable local and global artists to showcase their talent by enlivening the culture of Karnataka

Bangalore International Airport Ltd. (BIAL) announced an open call inviting artists and art groups to submit proposals for a 20-meter-high monumental sculpture at the Forest Belt Area in the upcoming Terminal 2 (T2) of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB / BLR Airport). The Art Programme in T2 at BLR Airport will mirror two themes – Karnataka’s rich heritage and culture and Naurasa – the nine emotions highlighted in Bharata’s Natyashastra. The shortlisted proposal will be commissioned and displayed at the forest belt area that is located between the main terminal building and the boarding gates.

The proposals must be original and not a replica of previous work. It should be inspired by the rich art and cultural heritage of Karnataka or South India. The proposals will be reviewed by an independent advisory panel and BIAL stakeholders.

“This initiative is our endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience that captures the rich heritage and essence of Karnataka. Through this programme we intend to support and showcase the talent of the artists and make every journey a memorable one using art as a medium,” said a BIAL spokesperson.

The airport’s first open call for the art programme in 2020 was a massive success and received 300 entries. This second open call for a monumental sculpture is one-of-its-kind and offers a great opportunity for artists to showcase their talent.

All submissions must be emailed to by 23:59 hours on September 15, 2022. The winner will be announced by October 10, 2022.

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BIAL’s Art Programme will include permanent displays to enhance the aesthetics of T2 and create a meaningful experience for sharing stories about BLR Airport, Bengaluru’s culture and the very people who make it unique. The Art Programme aspires to create enriching moments at the Terminal and evoke a feeling of pride among the people of Karnataka. BIAL’s Art Programme is aimed at making a journey a memorable experience, through art.