“Blank walls are a shared canvas and we’re all artists.” – Carla H. Krueger

In this post of “Writings on the Wall”, we continue with our love for street art in Delhi. Being the capital of India, Delhi is visited by millions of tourists every year and a staggering number of foreign travelers make it their jumping off base. The first impression makes the last impression and in my eyes (as well from many friends‘ point of view), Delhi has a long way to go in getting popular among foreign travelers. It has a bad rap for being a scam capital and its hospitality industry‘s ruthless commercialism is well documented. All these and more dent Delhi‘s reputation badly and it is known far and wide in the international traveler circuit as the “hell hole of India”.

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 Being an Indian and that too, one in love with Delhi, this pains me a lot, but there is also a lot of truth behind this bad rap. In such cases, I look for various ways through which Delhi can once again present its inner sterling quality and the city is scattered with many heart warming jewels. Whether they are archaeological remains, busy lanes of Chandni Chowk, food festivals, lively markets and blooming parks, many facets of Delhi are simply magical. The latest addition to this is the street art in Delhi and the capital city‘s curated walls bring joy to residents and visitors alike.
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 Street art in Delhi: What does it signify?

Recently beautiful street art has started being sprayed in various parts of Delhi and the city‘s facades and walls are getting a major facelift. This has not only added to the fun quotient of the city but also represents Delhi youth, who are mostly progressive, smart thinking and open minded individuals. The interest of the municipal corporation in the street art in Delhi reflects a certain evolutionary youthfulness in the city‘s bureaucracy, all the while adding a friendly wow factor to its walls. India, in general, is an art loving nation and this passion is centuries old. Here art is celebrated in many themes, mediums, and ways and all of them bring much joy to the viewers and as well as the participants. In a nation which is nearly always riddled with controversies, the celebration of art is a universal love and the street art in Delhi is a proud new chapter in this legacy.

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Blogger explores the vibrant street art in Delhi in her own neighbourhood

“I believe Public Art has the power to turn ordinary spaces into something special for any community. One of the most impactful street art in Delhi appears in Lodhi Colony’s Lodhi Art District. Here beautiful art installations on the facades of government public housing buildings have not only engaged the local community but also people from all over the city. Local citizens, domestic and international tourists make a beeline to view this artwork and they are fast gaining popularity in the world of graffiti. As a resident of this neighborhood, it gives me immense joy and moments of pleasure to view them as I walk around doing my daily errands. There have been instances when I have stopped in the middle of a tiring day just to look at the street art in Delhi, and feel refreshed.”

 “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, BOMB: A Manifesto of Art Terrorism

A bit about the street art in Delhi (Lodhi Art District) – The street art here has been done by various artists from India & the world over, in an initiative by ST+Art foundation. The non-profit foundation seeks to engage the local community through art in public spaces. – Sushmita Sarkar, a free-spirited traveler, and blogger of My Unfinished Life. Sushmita juggles her roles as a wife, mother, and professional Infrastructure Consultant with stylish ease. We bonded over the tips on road trips with babies early this year and have swapped travel advice ever since. n her personal travel and lifestyle blog, she writes about travel, fashion, food, and reviews. This is one awesome multi-talented lady and very cool, stylish travel blogger as well. Connect with her on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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 svetlanabaghawan@yahoo.com and we can take it from there.