In the recent times, street art has been a creative revolution that has widely caught the attention of the masses. And what’s the reason? Well, for starters the biggest attraction is the fact that they come to the people, and not vice-versa. Unlike a movie-theatre or an entertainment park, where we have to go to a place to watch a performance, street artists bring the message right to our doorstep. These messages range from high-minded social goals to sometimes just an amazing release of creativity that is out-of-the-box, in the literal sense.
These street artists have a beautiful way of actually reaching out to ordinary people for the following reasons:
They know the realities of the locals right at the grass-root levels.
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While they perform without any ‘created’ platform, they are very much in sync with what the audience wants to hear. For example, if the safety of women is the biggest issue in the area they bring it to the notice of the authorities through their art which is not just entertaining but is also deeply thought-provoking.
They voice out strong messages without any facades.
Certainly, their performances are strongly opinionated but they make it entertaining with their mesmerizing art. It could be a social message or sometimes even an advertisement, but the point they make is driven straight home. Bang on.
They have no barriers to limit their creativity.
They believe in freedom of speech and self-expression, hence they don’t really box themselves up into a 2×2 column, rather they dare to take the open stage (read: ‘gully’) and do the talking.
Are street-artists just about graffiti-walls?
Well, NO. Street art is not just about graffiti-artists but includes singers and dancers too. Like we’ve seen in the West, India too has a large pool of amazingly talented people who actually dare to come out in the open to showcase their creativity and inspire others.
Is it that easy?
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Well, displaying creative art in India hasn’t been the easiest thing to do.
Suede Gully: India’s largest street-art collaboration
This one’s been in the news recently for being one hell of a street-collaboration that is set to sweep the nation. It has been touted to be India’s largest street-art collaboration. 8 rappers, 36 dancers, 7 artists and countless creators are involved in this massive project. All of them hail from 4 different and unlikely corners of the country: Mumbai, Delhi, Madurai and Shillong. These artists are raw, real and born in the ‘gully’. While the artists believe in self-expression through their art forms, they are very much rooted in our Indian culture and heritage as well. And luckily for us, all these rich, vibrant and unique art forms are being brought together on a large scale, on a single platform, for the first time in India. Here’s a quick trailer of how it’s going to look like:
The best part is, a music video has been created and this has been called the largest street collaboration in India. It will be launched on November 5th.