In a country like India, what would be the best way to make art reach its people or make the people come to the fascinating art that this country’s artists are capable of? By putting it out there on its streets, obviously! As people become more accepting of street art and wall graffiti, these cities in India are on the forefront when it comes to pioneering this movement that is set to transform them into a creative resort of sorts. By Shubhanjana Das
It isn’t like Mumbai lacks either the artists or the inspiration for them to make art on its sprawling walls, captivating enough to make people stop on their way to look. While most of the street art and wall graffiti work are concentrated on the walls of Bandra, it is also spread out sporadically throughout the city and can be found gracing a wall in places like Khotachiwadi, Peddar Road, Dharavi and of course, the renowned Dadasaheb Phalke mural on the MTNL building. It’s worth stepping out of your car and taking a walk around Bandra to spot these inspiring murals.
The capital city has also been on the forefront in leading the street art movement in the country. With a revamping of its quotidian streets, New Delhi is not only encouraging artists but also inviting new ones from around the world. Take a stroll anywhere around Lodhi Colony, Shankar Market, Govindpuri Metro station, Nehru Place or Narela to witness this makeover first hand.
The place which attracts one of the highest numbers of foreign as well as domestic tourists from all backgrounds, cultures, and ages is bound to have its walls boast of the diversity that Goa bears at all points of time. Take some time out from the beach hopping and bar crawling to explore the streets of Goa for it is here that the real Goan life thrives. The most frequented areas of Goa, Panjim, Morgaon, and Anjuna, have street art made by artists from all over the world on a vivid display.
Pondicherry’s buildings and streets that wind effortlessly into another have something more than just its exotic yet laid-back French Flair. With psychedelic artwork and cross-cultural paintings that a diverse population facilitates, Pondicherry is a visual treat for everyone who likes their walks slow and their art swanky. Most of these murals are painted by a rather famous artist named Tona.
An artist who goes by the name of ‘Guess Who’ has been spilling art, murals and graffiti on the walls of Fort Kochi as a response to its introduction to pop-culture. The otherwise dull walls have now been adorned by the faces of the Indian doppelgangers of Mr Bean, MJ, Bob Marley, Che Guevara, Messi, Monalisa, Joker, and James Bond, among others.
Surprised to find the city that is known for its culture, history, and literature on the list? Well, then you haven’t explored the streets of College Street, Sudder Street, Elgin Road, Beni Nandan Street, Hatkhola and Bidhan Nagar (among others). The exuberant pop street art culture comes alive in the murals on the walls, which are the voices of the city’s youth.