Tripping on Indian Creativity #14

This fortnightly edition of the 6 most creative finds in arts and crafts in India on the internet includes a beautiful Tanjore painting, life-sized cut-outs of the Chhota Bheem Family, a Christmas tree made from pasta, and more.

Roughly speaking, dictionary dot com defines creativity as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships or the like and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations using the power of imagination.

At Engrave, we worship this ability to create and recreate in India day in and day out and have decided to pay tribute to the artisans and craftspeople that practice this by undertaking a fortnightly/monthly pilgrimage to six of the most creative pieces in Indian arts and crafts on the internet and share our discoveries with you.

The idea of this trip is to introduce you to India’s best of what’s out there and inspire you to do the best you can to be more creative, for creativity is a quality the world can do with a lot more of. Welcome.


Most people consider creativity to be no more than a rare flash of inspiration. Here’s vivid and colourful proof from Pethanatchi Murugesan that it’s about commitment, discipline, and years of hard work too.


Sathee Joyarder shows you how creative you can get with humble polystyrene. The next time you see some of it lying around aimlessly, lay your hands on it and try turning it into something fun and cute like this.


This is evidence that you can do all kinds of unexpected things with pretty much anything in this world if you are willing to open your mind and think out of the box. For instance, check out what Devi Prabhu has done with pasta and Xmas. Yes, pasta!


Siporex is autoclaved aerated concrete. It doesn’t sound very beautiful, does it? Well, it most definitely can be in the right hands. Discover the fine art of 3D mural with Khanjan Shah and Siporex.


Dhanunjay Prasad can make glass come alive. Here’s a most singular example of his handiwork in 9 ft. by 9 ft. This is truly awe-inspiring stuff and will remind you of the art on glass you see in ancient cathedrals around the world.


Clearly, Pooja Jain is a dedicated home maker in more ways than one. Not only does she care for her home and make it a better place to live in, she has also handmade a beautiful and ornate doll house for her child to play with. Welcome.

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Update: We have compiled the entire series of blog posts on Tripping on Indian Creativity in one place. To read other editions of the series, click here.

Avinash Subramaniam

Avinash has been an advertising writer, fiction writer, poetry writer, freelance writer and serial wronger. Other roles he has been in include those of an editor, brand builder, and teacher. His interests include advertising, scrabble, body building, chess, cinema, making money, reading, internet culture, cricket, photography. To hear him air his thoughts, follow him on Twitter @armchairexpert.


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