Have you heard of the ghost villages in the state of Uttarakhand?
Lack of employment resulting in excessive migration has pushed the rural regions of the state to the extent of having almost no inhabitants in its villages.
Out of 16,793 villages in Uttarakhand, a total of 1,053 villages have been emblazoned with the tag of ghost villages for not having a single person left to tell the tale.
Located in the Garhwal region of Tehri district in Uttarakhand, the 300-year-old village of Saur was declared a ghost village after only 12 families remained.
Much of the village rattles in a sad state of abandonment with old and dilapidated houses sans people.
A group of people decided to venture in a project that involved documenting the life lessons along with the folk tales from the ghost village of Saur and paint these time-tested anecdotes on the exterior of every house walls including the abandoned ones.
The Wise Wall Project is an initiative of Project FUEL in collaboration with RoundGlass. Spearheaded by Poornima Sukumar, a wall muralist, the art for the entire village was derived from the Gharwal school of painting, laced with Mughal miniature style influence.
Here’s a glimpse into the ghost village of Saur, now resplendent with yesteryear yarns interspersed with vivid hues and shades:
Interestingly, as part of the project, a new font was crafted by Niteesh Yadav, who is a typography artist. After studying the handwriting of the remaining 12 families, he created the font using which all the life lessons were painted on the walls.
Project FUEL, which was founded in 2009 by Deepak Ramola, aims at documenting the life of the people through the life lessons, and passing them on for every human to live their best, where FUEL stands for Forward the Understanding of Every Life lesson.
You can get in touch with the folks behind Project FUEL at firstname.lastname@example.org.