Know Your Street #3 | Lodhi Art District

Know Your Street #3 | Lodhi Art District

BY ANANT ART · JUNE 30, 2017

By Ria Sarkar

Block 6 | Inkbrushnme, Vishvaroopa

Pune-based street artist Harshvardhan Kadam who runs a studio by the name 'Inkbrushnme', created a masterpiece with his realization of Vishvaroopa - an all encompassing omni-form of Vishnu where the entire universe is said to reside within him. For Inkbrushnme, concepts of Indian mythology are a recurring theme in his work. Vishvaroopa marks the beginning of an 18 day battle of Mahabharata between Vishnu and Arjuna. Vishnu manifests in his universal form in an attempt to hypnotise Arjuna, the supreme warrior and shows him that all universal matter, animate and inanimate, matter and anti-matter is within him.

This breathtaking work shines golden when lit up by sunlight and settles into soothing tones of yellow when in shade. The various forms of Vishnu merge together in a beautiful cloudburst of heads spreading majestically from the central window towards the sides of the wall. For laymen, this piece is a wonderful way for them to connect to our rich mythology.

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Opposite Khanna Market | Rakesh Kumar Memrot, Fusion Art

A beautiful wall of summery leaves and colourful birds emerging from the majestic tusks of an elephant greets the locals coming to Khanna Market every day. Situated opposite a row of busy shops, Rakesh Kumar Memrot's mural 'Fusion Art' continues St+Art India's objective to further awareness in the Indigenous arts of India, dedicated to the Gond painting tradition. In recent years, Rakesh has been exploring folk art with a special focus on birds, trees and animals. The artwork deals with the issue of receding natural habitat for animals which is causing an adverse impact on the animals that reside in it.

The Gond tribal community is the largest indigenous community in India, located mainly in Madhya Pradesh and its surrounding states. Their unique form of figurative art narrates episodes and commonalities from their daily life. It is an artistic expression of their lifestyle mixing nature and mythology in a technique that is immediately recognisable as Gond. For Rakesh's piece there were a large group of volunteers who worked tirelessly around the clock to complete the painting within three weeks.

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Block 6 | Harsh Raman, Katha-Crazy Twins: Chiller Champa & Boom Bhaijaan

One of the most popular works of Lodhi Art District is Harsh Raman's 'Katha-Crazy Twins'. The vibrant Kathakali inspired characters quirkily titled Chiller Champa and Boom Bhaijaan is a real eye-catcher. By merging the bright colours of a dancer's attire and painted mask/face along with his own creative innovation, Harsh created two characters that have the potential to reach iconic status.

Kathakali is an ancient storytelling dance-form from Sothern India which is very expressive. Dancers use only gestures, facial expressions and movements in tune with music and beats to convey emotions and enact stories. In Harsh Raman's mural the two heads together represent the duality of human nature and its art thereof - attempting to bridge the gap between aged folk with their young ones belonging to the current generation.

Harsh Raman was helped by Deepak who lives in the community and had voluntarily been assisting several artists in the festival including Lek and Sowat, Gaia, Shilo and many more. Can you spot Harsh Raman's cleverly placed signature?

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Block 9 | Nevercrew, See through/See beyond

Here's another artist duo from Switzerland - Christian Rebecchi & Pablo Togni have been working together as Nevercrew since 1996. Their work is based on a layered and subtle reflection of the human condition, exploring global issues pertaining to mankind and nature that are relatable across every country, culture and community.

For their wall in Lodhi Art District, Nevercrew painted a polychromatic meteorite with an astronaut perched on top of the wall. According to them, the astronaut is a metaphor for an explorer; someone who can see things from a different perspective as a silent viewer of a larger picture.

With Society's unrelenting preoccupation with the expansion of power, the origin of things and their history are often neglected, thereby blurring the lines between past and present. The astronaut is their embodiment of that silent viewer who constantly perceives everything that is going on from a distance and in a glance. Sitting pretty atop his vantage point, in this community he serves as a friendly figure observing the daily life of the colony.

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