#MyDilliStory was a Twitter based competition that invited people to share their stories, poems and quotes to celebrate Delhi. 40 of those tweets were selected by a jury and are now hand-painted on prominent public walls around the city by the city's signboard painters. Entries were in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi or English. With this project we attempted to bridge the virtual and physical divide and bring the magic of hand painted typographies back into the public spaces. - in partnership with Twitter India, Nerolac Paints, Delhi Government, Delhi Tourism and Hindustan Times.
By the end of the competition we had received over 8000 stories online. The “Delhi I love You” team did not want this competition to be restricted just to the online world and decided to personally meet people who are not online and still have interesting stories to share. In 3 weeks DILY visited more than 50 colleges, 20 language departments / institutes, numerous poetry and cultural clubs in the city. By the end of it we had over 1000 stories from students, artist, senior citizens and literary professionals. The Jury for #MyDilliStory met over three sessions and picked their favourite tweets from the large selection. The jury members selected in total 40 best stories about Delhi in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu languages.
The process of painting the winning tweets began on the 23rd of September 2015. The first wall was generously donated to DILY by the Saket City Hospital, followed by the Ambedkar University and several other govt and private partners. Rendered in the colourful fonts of juice stalls and Bollywood movie posters, artist Shabbu and others are rewriting the tweets on prominent public walls. Over the next few months we hope to complete all 40 murals. Check out this space for the latest updates on where we are painting next, it could be in your neighbourhood.