Tripping on Indian Creativity #17

This fortnightly edition of the 6 most creative finds in arts and crafts includes a 3-D model of Mumbai that's actually a cake, paintings on tamarind seeds and more.

Roughly speaking, creativity can be defined 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 India’s ceaseless ability to create and recreate, and pay tribute to its artisans and craftspeople by undertaking a fortnightly/monthly pilgrimage to some of the most creative places in Indian arts and crafts on the internet and sharing these discoveries with you.

Put simply, 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.

1. FRUIT FOR THOUGHT

Monika Malwade shows us that creativity can be nurtured anywhere with things that you wouldn’t normally associate with art and in a way that’s far from expected. Be surprised.

Swans carved out of watermelon

Fruit art depicting dolphins playing

2. PAPER CUT ABOVE THE REST

Agnisha Gopa Ghosh takes us into a world of paper cuts and stimulates us to explore more with this delicate, delightful, and dextrous creation that’s spiritual and creative in equal parts.

Layered Papercut Memory Box

3. SEEDS OF ART

The skilled and sure-handed Shabbir Nimachwala shows us some of the stunning things you can do with imagination, dedication, and humble tamarind seeds.

Painting on Tamarind Seeds

4. INTRICATELY CROCHET

As it is, crochet is far from simple. Add to that the challenge of shaping crochet work into complex figures and you have a skill Marina Pareira has ever reason to be truly proud of.

Swans made from crochet

5. CAKE CITY

If you thought baking a cake was, well, a piece of cake, you probably haven’t seen this towering piece of awesomeness that wowed visitors at the latest edition of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.

Believe it or not this is a Cake of the future of Mumbai – 5 years hence.

6. THE ART OF ACRYLIC

For the love of painting, check out this utterly realistic beauty in Acrylic on Canvas by Hari Prasad.

Beauty – An acrylic painting by Hari Prasad

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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