Mumbai, January 27th, 2024: As we celebrate 100 years of the Gateway of India, the Mumbai Festival 2024 shines a spotlight on the unsung heroes of the city through “Mumbai Walks.” The event, held at the iconic monument this evening, witnessed numerous Mumbaikars who embarked on a journey to rediscover the untold stories that shaped the very essence of Mumbai.
“Mumbai Walks” emerged as a heartfelt exploration of Mumbai’s past, shining a spotlight on the individuals whose perseverance, bravery, and selfless contributions have subtly moulded the city’s soul. Participants, diverse in backgrounds and ages, united to honour the unsung heroes who are the pride of Mumbai.
With a remarkable attendance, the event highlighted the deep connection Mumbaikars have with the culture and heritage essence of their city. The overwhelmingly positive response emphasized the shared gratitude and admiration for those who have contributed to Mumbai’s glorious past.
Felicitating the heartbeat of the city, the unsung heroes, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra, said, “Mumbai’s spirit never falters, never tires, and never fears. In this city, people arrive with dreams, and Mumbai unfailingly transforms those dreams into reality. The collective stride of every individual, exemplified by initiatives like Mumbai Walks by Mumbai Festival, makes the city more special. Together, through shared endeavours, we shape the essence of Mumbai, forging a unique identity. We, as a community, are the heartbeat of Mumbai.”
Adding an extra layer of significance, the event saw the active participation of prominent celebrities, including Rohit Shetty, Shilpa Shetty, Sidharth Malhotra, Amruta Fadnavisji, Pankaj Tripathi, Kapil Sharma, Kabir Bedi, Vivek Oberoi. Shri Girish Mahajan, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Rural Development & Panchayat Raj, Government of Maharashtra, Shri Deepak Kesarkar, Hon’ble Minister of School Education and Marathi Language, Hon’ble Guardian Minister, (Mumbai City), Government of Maharashtra, and Shri Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Hon’ble Minister of Skills, Employment, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Government of Maharashtra, also graced the occasion with their presence. These celebrities and dignitaries walked alongside our everyday heroes, signifying the harmony and diversity that defines Mumbai.
Mumbai Walks paid tribute to various unsung heroes, each receiving well-deserved recognition during the event. Among those honoured were Indian Army officers, Indian Navy officers, Mumbai Traffic Police officers, taxi drivers, auto rickshaw drivers, the Mumbai dabbawalas, locomotive pilots of the Indian Railways, doctors, nurses, and many more.
The night also saw mesmerizing performances by Avadhoot Gupte, Pankaj Tripathi, Amruta Fadnavisji, Ricky Kej, and other talented artists, showcasing their exceptional skills and leaving the audience captivated.
The Mumbai Walks experience was more than a simple stroll through the iconic streets; it was an expression of gratitude and tribute to the unsung heroes who make Mumbai the “Sapno ka Sheher”. The event captured the emotions, stories, and resilience that make Mumbai a unique city.