Sawai Madhopur Railway Station
One of the smallest railway stations in India, Sawai Madhopur is grabbing major attention not only locally but country wide. The reason behind the fame is the unique makeover that the railway station has acquired. With the consent of Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, a team of artists from Ranthambore School of Arts have painted station’s walls with the flora and fauna that the reserve (Ranthambore National Park) hosts. This in turn has resulted in nation-wide acclamation and applauds.
In less than three months, the team of artists lead by two master painters Gajanand Singh and Narayan Singh accomplished the task of painting the walls of the station from one end to the other. The paintings are that of darters, tree-pies, hyenas, bears, leopards, and, of course, tigers. The famed old Banyan Tree of Ranthambore National Park is also depicted in the paintings and in its artistic form; the tree has its roots spread wide over the roof and across walls. Myriad creatures like squirrels, peacocks, woodpeckers, kingfishers and bulbuls painted as if thriving on the branches of trees look extremely lifelike. The paintings also reflect the threats to the wildlife reserve by tree-cutting/tree-felling and other destructive activities by humans.