A Non-Holi Technicolor Moment In Delhi

Max Bearak. Amitabh Kumar painting a wall in Shahpur Jat, one of South Delhi’s urban villages

Max Bearak. Amitabh Kumar painting a wall in Shahpur Jat, one of South Delhi’s urban villages

Normally we have thought of vivid color in conjunction with India’s amazing holy days, especially those called Holi. Thanks to India Ink for this story about the street art going up, up north in India’s capital city:

Street Art Festival Brings Color to the Walls of Delhi’s Urban Villages

By Max Bearak

NEW DELHI — While looking out from a balcony in one of Delhi’s many urban villages – former villages that were swallowed up by the ever-expanding capital — more often than not, one is confronted by a boring, gray wall – the bare side of another building.

For street artists, these walls, and these urban villages, offer an ideal combination of expansive canvases for their work and vibrant communities with whom they can share the joy and wonder of their art.

In January, under the auspices of the first organized street art festival in Delhi, known as St.Art, 60 artists from all over the world have convened here for exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, a “graffiti-jam” and, most important, the transformation of dozens of the city’s cement walls into works of art. In Shahpur Jat, an urban village in south Delhi, artists from the festival have painted or plan to paint at least eight walls.

Read the whole story here.

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