Inspired by internationally renowned Kashmiri artist Masoud Hussain, a group of students is painting murals on the walls of Srinagar to bring alive the region’s culture and splash colours on the local environment. For the first time in Kashmir, the otherwise shabby-looking walls are attracting onlookers because of these murals – and reviving the Valley’s rich culture and traditions that are fast fading amid the glitz of modern-day lifestyle. The Srinagar Municipal Corporation has started a pilot mural painting project in uptown Srinagar. The students say the public’s response has been positive. About reports that the murals are intended to erase the separatists’ graffiti that exists on Srinagar’s walls, the students say their work is “purely non-political”.