I resumed the mural hunt after brunch.
The simple logo carries a powerful message. The central government initiated the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014 with the objective of a Clean India by 2019 and who else but Gandhi can be its inspiration. Apart from Ahimsa and Satyagraha, Gandhi was also a crusader for cleanliness and effective sanitation. His teachings and principles are more relevant in these times.
Now, what is over there? There are birds everywhere. For a moment I thought I was seeing a poster of the classic Hitchcock movie The Birds.
DALeast is well-known in the graffiti world. The Lodhi Colony mural was inspired by his travels in India: There’s a chaos but inside it, there is an order. Those birds are the same as us, moving around all the time; if they stop they will crash… I’m one of the birds.
Leaving the birds I walked into a tropical garden: birds, butterflies, flowers, and plants enliven the empty street.
The lady with the halo of flowers is the mother of the artist. A touching tribute!
The massive mural, inspired from the epic Mahabharat, depicts the omniform of Lord Krishna. Some of the human and animal forms look menacing!
Two women are talking, their faces etched with hope and strength:
The artist Shilo Shiv Suleman leads the Fearless Collective which addresses gender-based issues. This collaborative artwork with Sewing New Futures shows two women from the marginalized section of the society. The older woman says, “Despite my hardships, I am blistering gold; this fog can no longer hold me back,” “From your unfulfilled dreams, I will weave a new world,” says the young girl.
The next wall shows a blue elephant with tusks growing into branches. Brilliant work!
The vibrant artwork is a tribute to the Gond tribal art practiced by the Gonds- the largest tribal community of central India. They decorate their houses with colorful paintings of flora, fauna, scenes from mythology, and everyday lives.
I like the bright colors and the way the artist has integrated the birds; they look almost lifelike. Rakesh Kumar and his team of volunteers took three weeks to complete this stunning mural.
Two Kathakali dancers with their characteristic, colorful headgear are staring at you. Kathakali is the traditional dance form of Kerala; the artists in elaborate costumes convey stories through gestures and facial expressions.
The wacky twins have many fans in the locality; they are favored for photo shoots also(Source: Three school kids at Lodhi Colony). The lively murals would be a great help for those who struggle to remember street /block numbers. Block Kathakali, Crows, Elephant, Astronaut, Big Bird, Pink, etc sound cool and catchy.
From a distance, this wall looks the facade of a palace:
As you get near, the bright indigo blue lights up the entire wall.
The unique style of painting originated in the Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. The St+art India Foundation has provided the right platform for the traditional artists to exhibit indigenous art forms.
The adjacent block walls look drab. I picture the artists creating colorful murals and disappearing. Like the birds.
Wandering the streets couldn’t have been more graffitifying!