The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2016 Handbook Vol. IV: The Artistry

Take one stroll around Kala Ghoda, and you’ll know it’s the artists’ works that speak the loudest. With the best of arts and crafts on full display, the creativity of these artists is set to blow your mind. Volume III of our series features the incredibly talented artists you can find at the festival.

Emile Zola once said, “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” Take one stroll around Kala Ghoda, and you’ll know it’s the artists’ works that speak the loudest. With the best of arts and crafts on full display, the creativity of these artists is set to blow your mind. Volume III of our series features the incredibly talented artists you can find at the festival.

Ullu

From afar, it’s only natural to assume Divya Chaturvedi’s creations are mere paintings. If you take a step closer, you’ll know it’s a masterpiece created from cut-out paper that has been stuck together to create the illusion. The talented 28-year-old also designs book covers — a hobby (she’d make them for her colleagues) that transitioned into a blooming business. She tries to not be repetitive, so buy her books and exclusivity is guaranteed. The books are hand-bound, hand-illustrated and absolutely gorgeous.

Collective Craft

Traditional temple mural art was nurtured for centuries and yet, it seems to be dying today. 38-year-old Sibanand from Bhubaneswar, though, is trying to resuscitate that very diminishing idea. Through Collective Craft, he promotes the work of skilled artisans, especially those who use the traditional methods of ‘Patachitra’. The brand uses the skill of these artisans to produce an incredible range of goods which include wood carved and stone carved trays, coasters, kitchenware, and even paintings. These can be found at stall no. 8

Jagruti Rukhana

There are talented artists, and then there are some who produce next-level, top-notch art with ease. One look at her paintings and it’s safe to say that Jagruti Rukhana falls in the latter category. The 51-year-old resident of Bombay has been inspired by artists all her life and has been painting (or in her words, learning) since the past 20 years. She loves colours — all of them, loves to experiment and play around, and produces stunning abstract and semi-abstract art.

Why not Autumn and Capra

Two sides of the same coin, Why not Autumn and Capra are run by the same company called Shefcoz. Based in Jaipur, the brands function under one stall, where co-founder Somya Tambi and designer Radhika Malhotra express their creativity through their wonderful products. These range from playing cards, books, and notebooks to customised apparel and stationery. The idea is to work with artisans and revive the Indian craft in a bid to make it contemporary. They even sell Khaki apparels that are hand-spun and handwoven.

Apaulogy

Mumbai is a known as the city that never stops. Its fast-paced life engulfs everything and everyone — and through his art, 58-year-old Paul Fernandes is trying to make us see just that. Having spent a considerable amount of time in the city for 40 years, Bangalore-based Paul reminisces about a time when the city wasn’t tumultuous but more peaceful and laid-back and tries to express the same nostalgia through his paintings. “It’s always been a hobby or passion more than my job,” says a cheerful Paul. “If I paint for 14-hours a day, I’m happy, and can go to bed in peace!” An extremely driven man, Paul says he has only one message to deliver through his paintings — keep it beautiful, keep the spirit of the city alive, but try not to lose yourself in the chaos. The artist’s wonderfully reimagined depictions of Mumbai can be found at the festival.

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You can view the complete Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2016 Handbook here.

Rameez Shaikh

Rameez Shaikh is a twenty-three year old writer. With a degree in journalism to his name, he's an aspiring author with an absolutely astounding admiration for alliteration. Leisure propels him to read, dance, pen fiction and gloat about himself in third person. On weekdays, he works as a features writer. On weekends, he's a Manchester United fan.

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