Tripping on Indian Creativity #4

A fortnightly pilgrimage to 6 of the most creative places in Indian arts and crafts on the internet - from a train carved in a pencil to a cake in the form of a Paithani saree.

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 pilgrimage to six (6) of the most creative places 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. And on that note, welcome to this week’s six (6) most creative finds in arts and crafts in India on the internet.

1. Pencil Carving – Train

by Bhanu Art

What we are about to show you is a mind-blowing demonstration of the fact that the things you can do with a lead pencil are only restricted by your creativity and the way you look at a pencil. You’ll see what we mean when you take a real close look at the art of Bhanu does with his skilled hands to the humble pencil. So without further ado, let’s discover the art of carving on pencil by Bhanu.

2. Pen Drawings

by Anikartick Artist

You won’t believe your eyes when you look at what Anikarthick has done with a pen, an A3 sheet of paper, and a whole lot of hard work. If you think of creativity as nothing more than something inspirational that strikes you out of the blue, these incredibly detailed drawings prove that the role hard work plays in the creative process is sorely underestimated. Fact is, it’s only when you combine an idea with spades of diligence that the fruits of creativity turn out truly sweet.

3. Cake in the form of a Paithani Saree with beautiful kolhapuri Jewellery

by Tanvi Palshikar

Sometimes Whatsapp forwards can whet your appetite for all the right reasons. For instance, this one came to us from a lady in Kothrud (Maharashtra) who created this awesome Paithani sari and Kolhapuri jewellery in the form of a delicious cake! Yes, cake. You got to hand it to Tanvi Palshikar and her unique ability to transform virtually anything that can be seen into something so Cakilicious.

4. Leonardo DiCaprio Vector Art

by Prasad Bhat

The Oscars, many would agree, are the ultimate recognition of a certain kind of creativity at the movies. Leo (DiCaprio), many would say, is one of the most creative actors in Hollywood today. Fans of the movies, creativity, and Leo will enjoy this take on the many faces of one of Hollywood’s most talented and versatile actors. Let’s go for a take.

5. Princess Greeting Cards

by Manu Gupta

Most greeting cards nowadays are so common it’s hard to think of them as a creative way to wish people. That’s why Manu Gupta’s Princess Greeting Cards from the house of A Handful of Art is worth a good dekko. Not only are these cards cute and adorable, they’re also a class apart from the run-of-the-mill stuff that the art of the greeting card has been reduced to.

6. Trash Bin to Designer Lamp

by Tarun Upadhyay

The ability to take the ordinary and turn it into something, well, extraordinary is one of the things that makes the pursuit of creativity such a rewarding journey. Case in point, look at what Tarun Upadhyay has done with the lowly trash can and get inspired to do something out of the ordinary today. Bon Voyage.

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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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