5 Best Street Art In Guwahati
It all started from New York City's graffiti boom, with its infancy in the 1960s, maturation in the '70s, and peaking with the spray-painted full-car subway train murals of the '80s, centred in the Bronx. And now street art can be seen in most of the popular cities all around the world.
Just like the other countries India too has seen a beautiful emergence of street art in the recent years. The walls have been transformed into beautiful canvases that display various artists' creativity and dreams. The streets of Bandra in Mumbai, Bangalore, Kochi, Goa, Kolkata look like a splash of colour rising in the midst of a regular pandemonium. And slowly Guwahati is joining this circle too.
Earlier, the only thing you could see on the walls of Guwahati were "Congress Jindabaad", "BJP Jindabaad" or "AGP Jindabaad", basically promotional words for political parties. But now the scenario is seeming to change. The Guwahati street walls are now the canvas for the local artists to convey their messages.
Street art used to be a controversial subject, as it was generally done in the context of revolution or protest or to rant against government/political leaders. Street art also lies in vandalism, for spraying over public places without permission. But now street art is more about spreading positivity and messages or city beautification. Now the government itself is taking various initiatives to paint the street walls through the municipality corporations by employing local artists, as we all are likely to understand the importance of street art.
Street art glorifies freedom and diversity. When we say art it automatically leads to freedom. Freedom to express, to imagine, to raise questions and to jump into a conclusion. Most importantly it is a diverse form of expression for people from all over the world. There are street artists in nearly every country in the world who are influenced and inspired by a multitude of cultures and styles. Street art leads to a colourful surrounding which again leads to a happier life. Artworks in the street can cheer people up. These artworks make their day and they commute more, and adds character to what would otherwise just be grey and boring walls. Art reminds people to feel alive. It’s there to beautify a space. It wakes people up, inspires and motivates them. And sometimes it can make people think.
My written words can be seen and felt with bare eyes if you have ever visited Guwahati. So here I am presenting you the Top 5 artworks done in the streets of Guwahati by its local artists.
1. The ISL Fever
This particular artwork was done during the 2017 season of Indian Super League under the Khanapara flyover, as an expression of praise and admiration for Football in the region. This artwork was done by a well-known local artist, Nilim Mahanta, who has created a positive impression on street art and aesthetic culture. Mahanta has been doing street art not just in Guwahati, but all over Assam. This artwork was one of the best street art so far through my appraisal. The artwork has an essence of positivity as it indicates unity and fun and was one of the most huge graffiti done over public property in Guwahati.
2. Are we trapped!!!
Here's another artwork by Nilim Mahanta under the flyover near Lakhtokia, where a half human figure holding the poles of a prison or cage can be seen. Which probably indicates captivity as the artist wrote "Are we trapped!!!" as a caption for this artwork in his Instagram profile. This artwork does not employ much colour, however it carries a strong message. There can be a lot of interpretation of this particular artwork, be it an emotional trap, a materialistic trap or a political trap, depending on the interpreter
3. "Manuh puk, manuh puk, aru nu lage kiman tuk"
"Manuh puk, manuh puk, aru nu lage kiman tuk" is another street artwork done by Nilim Mahanta in a bus stop of Christian Basti. This artwork is an abstraction of some human figures using just two colours - black and red, along with a poetic line in Assamese "Manuh puk, manuh puk, aru nu lage kiman tuk" (Insect human, insect human, how much more do you want). This artwork seems to be a straight import of materialistic philosophy of the society which is protesting against ideology.
4. The Dino Runner
This is Nilim Mahanta's another very interesting artwork in the street walls of Handique Girls' College Hostel near Dighalipukhuri. This artwork is nothing else but the icons from Google Chrome's offline dinosaur game, also known as T-Rex game or Dino Runner. Here the artist might have simply portrayed the offline game or conveyed a message in the context of the society being overly internet oriented that they have stopped valuing the significance of being offline.
5. Project "inkZEN"
This artwork is done by two artists Amalendu Kaushik and Chiranjit Bhowmick of Guwahati who made their debut Street Art Project named " inkZEN ". They strike their creativity behind the Kamrup Academy Wall, MC Road, Guwahati Club. Inkzen mainly focuses on urban themed artworks. Being urbanic fashioned this artwork comes out as colourful and in a surreal perspective featuring a boy reading a book and an octopus.