Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport IS The Destination

Posted by Jay in Travel on February 5th, 2018

Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport


Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai is the second busiest airport in India, after Delhi’s Indira Ghandi Airport. It was originally called Sahar International Airport before the name changed. It was named after Chhatrapati Shivaji, who was the first monarch of Raigad Fort.


Regardless of whether you are arriving in Mumbai, flying off somewhere else or picking up luggage from baggage, you’re sure to be dazzled by the sheer amount of fabulous art pieces you can see along the way. The Jaya He GVK New Museum was the brainchild of Sanjay Reddy, Vice Chairman of GVK. And it was curated by Rajeev Sethi, a famous Indian designer and art curator. The museum has over one thousand artefacts, some dating back to the 11th century. Jaya He features work from over one hundred artists from all over India. It is likely to be the largest public art initiative in the country.


“We have lost a sense of space, a sense of being. I feel no different at Shanghai airport from when I am at Dubai. I do not want the Mumbai airport to be so.”

Sanjay Reddy


I completely agree with the vision statement that Sanjay put out for the building of Jaya He. While I haven’t been to all the major airports in the world, I have been to quite a few. There is nothing that makes Heathrow completely stand out from Schipol. Yes, there are a few reminders here and there to let you know that you are in London or Amsterdam, but you’re not completely immersed in the locality. For the short time that I was able to enjoy the museum, I was taken on a visual expedition through Mumbai, and India as a whole. The old sat happily alongside the new, and told the story of the nation. And with a country that has the size and depth of India, that is no small feat.


“At its earliest conception, ‘Liminus 2’ was the name I gave the artwork program for the Mumbai International airport, Terminal 2, now known as Jaya He.”

Rajeev Sethi


Having seen what can be done when a major airport like Chhatrapati Shivaji, I want the other airports that I have been to, to follow suit! I was not expecting, nor prepared for the beauty and wonder that I experienced at this gorgeous airport. The interior of different parts of terminal 2 are a museum, housing parts of Indian heritage. From the paintings, sculptures, and tapestry found all around, you’re taken on a journey through India’s arts and crafts culture. I am only upset that I didn’t have more time to spend in the airport itself.


Have any of you been to Chhatrapati Shivaji airport? Or another airport that simply took your breath away and made you want to stay?

2 Responses

  1. Bola says:

    What a unique airport. Amazing artwork!

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