The City in Color with Street Art Festival

By Rikparna and Amrita

The beauty of life lies in different shades of the colors it carries. But when some creative and concerned citizen of a society takes the initiative to make their locality colorful it’s more than a feeling, you can experience, touch and feel the colors. A Street Art Festival is organised recently in South Kolkata’s Hindustan Park Area by Art Rickshaw, an organisation with a single motto to bring to the City of joy, a creative space that any artist freely can call his or her own

Street Art Festival is a day long street festival with lots of events like exhibition of artworks, sale of theme based merchandise, live art activities, art installation, food and drinks based on the ‘Unicorn’ theme.

The directors of Art Rickshaw and passionate art lovers of the city Aditya Rungta, Shailaja Rungta and their daughter Devanshi Rungta, have organized this street art festival. The main initiator is 21-year-old Mass Communication student Devanshi.

Speaking to News Sense Devanshi said she wanted to present a very colourful and unique event cum carnival to Kolkata people. Art Rickshaw wanted to display different type of art and craft, creativity and all its form to the visitors. Even the painting being painted were not of very usual kind, they are either painted on the doors and windows to show that a lot could be done in craft material as well. So, the main incentive was to promote art and creativity.

More than 200 people with pastel coloured paint started the event with the painting of 300ft long lane. This street painting was to give platform to common people who’re not involved in art but still can paint and enjoy, there was children, teenagers, youngsters, middle-aged and everyone.

The festival become more colourful with different artworks by Rajani Shroff, Kavita Bhuwalka, Garima Agarwal, Yashvi Chaudhuri, Shweta Jain, Vanshika Harlalka, Aastha Bagree, stalls like ‘Glue and Sew’, ‘a brand Yoga’, ‘Twirl’, ‘Young U’, ‘Mystique’. Not only art exhibition but there was ‘Do it yourself’ by Glue and Sew, Make your own Zine, different interactive sessions, street performances like curious little session for children, Zumba dance, live music, live graffiti, salsa etc.

When News Sense asked Devanshi, why they have chosen ‘Unicorn’ as the theme of the event, she said that to her unicorn was creative who’s magical and innovative which is beyond imagination. She said It’s an imagination creature so as the art similarly pushes man beyond imagination to create something unique and magical.

Last year too, Art Rickshaw has organised such a Art festival but that was inside the Art Rickshaw Studio, but this time with the association of Hindustan Park Durga Puja Committee, the event become more popular to the reach of everyone.