Jan 15, 2019
The streets of India’s biggest cities are becoming life-sized canvases for the country’s growing street-art movement kickstarted by a local creative foundation. As the project continues to evolve, we document just a few of the eye-catching works livening up the inner-city districts. By Rachna Sachasinh.
India’s urban landscape is getting a brush of much needed color. Launched in 2014, the St+art India Foundation initiates street-art interventions and neighborhood exhibitions with the goal of bridging social gaps and bringing communities together. St+art’s first project was in Delhi, splashing bright, thought-provoking murals along the city’s typically stark thoroughfares, like this road in the Lodhi Art District lined with a colorful flock by Mexican artist Senkoe (left) and a lotus-inspired tag by Japanese street artist Suiko (right). The project has grown to spotlight the alternative art scene in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Goa and beyond. “Our mission is to activate spaces not known for art and culture,” says Akshat Nauriyal, one of five co-founders of St+art. “We want to make art more democratic, bring it out of museums and take it directly to people.” Each district continues to evolve, with new murals added every few months. The areas are free and open to the public, or you can join hosted tours in New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. st-artindia.org; tours start from Rs 500; advanced bookings required, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.