“Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules.” – Raymond Salvatore Harmon, in Bomb : A Manifesto of Art Terrorism. Delhi is a city of quirks and I love it from the bottom of my heart. There is something about this behemoth capital of India, despite the good, bad and ugly does not fail to leave an impression on the minds of its visitors. Most foreign travelers tag it as unscrupulous, shocking, and ruthlessly commercialized, but those who bother to delve deeper, discover hosts of charms that make them fall in love with Delhi. For me, Delhi is more than a city. It is a historical figure, a personality wizened with time yet ever retaining its lust for young fun. Flowering trees in the parks, old cramped lanes of Chandni Chowk, busy markets, wide-open spaces with heritage monuments, and layers of course-changing history mark Delhi for me, and I can never get enough of it. To this list of attractions, street art is the latest addition and all across Delhi, beautiful bold street art is springing up.
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Delhi street art is everywhere
Many old walls, buildings, and facades have got complete makeovers and the city has received a much-needed facelift. Bringing you these incredible murals and wall paintings straight from the dusty lanes of Delhi is a fellow featured travel blogger of the series. She is my personal favourite, not only because of her keen aesthetic sense but also for her freedom-loving fun spirit. Meet Ayandrali Dutta, a traveler, travel blogger, excellent cook, and food aficionado. She has a great sense of style and much of it is reflected in her blog Wanderlustcraving.com. And this is what Ayandrali has to say about street art in Delhi.
The best of Delhi street art
“As you walk past the Lodhi art district or the posh bylanes of Khan market or Connaught place the city sees a new charm – Street art. Most of the walls in these localities are adorned with some amazing street art with some theme or the other. Lodhi happened to be India’s first open art gallery, an initiative started by St+Art artist. Be it the Shekhawati Painting or the Calligrafitti by Niels Shoe Meulman this place is a storehouse for art lovers. One would be amazed to see the Dead Dahlias, Created by Amitabh Kumar, as this mural sees historical context depicting When the Pandava’s lost the first game of dice and went to exile. While the one at Khan market shows inter-dimensional experience by artist Okuda. While the one at Connaught place shows the woman is liberated, riding on the back of a bird soaring in the sky.” To check out more travel stories of Ayandrali, follow her blog Wanderlust craving.com or connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
NOTE – “Writings on the Walls” is an ongoing series in which I hope to collate awesome street art from around the world. If you wish to collaborate, please email me at email@example.com and we can take it from there.
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