Kalaghoda Art Festival is the biggest event that marks the art calendar in India for more than one decade now. This year I visited the festival for the second time and decided to interview unique and beautiful artist participants of the festival.
Kalaghoda always has the most interesting art installations revolving around Black Horse and a theme. This year’s theme was Slow Down and the impact of environment on our life and vice versa. The Festival is on from 6 -11 Feb 2018.
Here are some of the glimpses of the art installations clicked by yours truly
Let’s meet the artists who are displaying their works at the Kalaghoda Art festival.
The artists participating in Kala Ghoda Art festival are different every year, as they are allowed to participate only once in three years.
Deep Kumar from Deep handicrafts has the collection of Mysore Kalam Paintings which is a lost art of India now since no karigars can make that work. So check out some unique old pieces in Deep Handicrafts collection.
Abriti Mukherjee a graduate from Shantiniketan School of Arts, Calcutta now runs her own venture names TARU Design Studio where she uses dead wood found in natural surroundings to make beautiful home décor pieces. All wood is treated with natural materials making it safe for food serving too.
Umar Handicrafts creates handmade iron bell, chimes, photo frames, candle stand, wrought iron, wooden furniture and antique looking handicrafts in Saharanpur. The artist has won State award for his handcrafted wooden vases
Rupali from The Design Forge is another Shantiniketan students who love to take lightweight copper home décor products with beautiful patina colors.
Rishikesh Potdar from Paper arts is award-winning paper artists who create paper cutting artworks in record-breaking times.
Meghana Joshi from unikraftz creates some beautiful felt books for children.
Krishnaprakash is traditional artists from Tamil Nadu who creates a beautiful line drawing with traditional motifs and designs.
Vishal is the master craftsmen who design silver, kundan, gemstones & Pearl jewellery in traditional Jaipur style under Vijay Laxmi Gems Arts brand.
These few potters are exhibiting their creations in potters studio market too.
Kunal Ukey from Nagpur, India had the tiniest pots on showcase along with some pot earrings.
Priyanka Joshi from Pune, had the most amazing clay work on display shinning in the beautiful dark and golden colours.
Silpi was potter from Assam showing some beautiful Assamese tradition.
We loved the owl plates by Tejasvi Chaphekar which were bright and very cute to ignore.
There are many workshops on traditional paintings, pottery, book reading and talks on architecture organised in the festival which makes everyone feel part of this grand event and take some memories with them for life.
Subodh Poddar was conducting live sculpting session and interacting with all the visitors in very lively chats.
If you are really an art lover like me, then you will also enjoy the five exhibitions at Jehangir Art Gallery right next to the festival. Also, there is beautiful artworks on the art ramp gallery outside the Jehangir gallery where you find some unique creations and on the spot paintings done by artists all day long.
Few tips to make the most of this Kalaghoda art festival
- Attend the festival early in the morning to meet the artists and enjoy the works in peace.
- Attend in the evening to see the installation with lights in. I couldn’t attend the event in the evening due to travel limitations.
- Carry some snacks and drinks as you will be reluctant to leave the fest for food breaks.
- Go with ample of free time to enjoy the works. It’s really vast inside.
- Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Fashion will get you in trouble here
Do share your thoughts and experience about Kalaghoda Art Festival this year or in the past in comments below. We would love to learn more.
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