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Earlier this year, during our college’s technical festival  Nimbus, we witnessed some amazing artworks and wall paintings made by the Fine- Arts Club of our college. The above picture of myself standing in front of this Minion street art is my favorite. I was reading something about this art-form on the internet and I came across India’s first Street Art festival.

Street Art is becoming more popular day by day all over the world and for countries like India, it is something new and exciting. Even though there were artists who were making art and living their passion, the country was yet to witness a full fledged street art festival.

This year, back in January, Delhi became the first Indian city to host a Street Art Festival in the south Delhi neighborhood of Shahpur Jat. It hosted a collection of more than 60 artists international and local artists who painted the city walls and made them look like an art gallery.

While some local residents were excited about the artwork, others forbade artists from painting next to their homes. “One resident in Shahpur Jat told the artist that he could only paint the wall if it was a scene from the Mahabharata, a Hindu Epic,” Mr. Kureshi said.

Hendrik ECB Beikirch and ANPU take shots of their collaborative portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

It was the initiative of New Delhi-based typographer Hanif Kureshi. This six-week festival began on Jan. 18 and was organized in partnership with Goethe-Institute, the Italian and Polish cultural centers in Delhi.

Kureshi says, “After 2 months, we finished around 75 pieces around Delhi including the tallest one on the Delhi Police Headquarters.” The Headquarter building features the tallest portrait of Mahatma Ghandi anywhere which covers a 150’ x 38’ and is result of a collaboration between Indian painter Anpu Varkey and German street artist ECB.

Okuda. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)
Sé Cordeiro. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)
Harsh Raman. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)

It was the initiative of New Delhi-based typographer Hanif Kureshi. This six-week festival began on Jan. 18 and was organized in partnership with Goethe-Institute, the Italian and Polish cultural centers in Delhi.

Kureshi says, “After 2 months, we finished around 75 pieces around Delhi including the tallest one on the Delhi Police Headquarters.” The Headquarter building features the tallest portrait of Mahatma Ghandi anywhere which covers a 150’ x 38’ and is result of a collaboration between Indian painter Anpu Varkey and German street artist ECB.

Alias. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)
Andy Yeng and Tofu. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)
Sé Cordeiro. St.ART Delhi 2014 (photo © Akshat Nauriyal)
Enrico Fabian for The Wall Street Journal (Ms. Varkey and Mr. Beikirch stood on the rooftop of an adjoining building after completing their mural)

It is heartening to see that Street Art is stretching its arms towards the new locations in a big way. We expect theis to grow its roots in newer locations and add color to our lives.

Visit st-artdelhi.org for more artworks and information.

Take a look at more artwork from all over the country from graffitiinindia.com

Please note: All images are © BrooklynStreetArt.com

Source: huffingtonpost.com