Street art is one of the most hybrid forms of artistic expression in our modern world because its purpose is to draw upon what the viewers know and manipulate the physicality of the subject to make their point. It has such a strong impact sometimes, and hence is illegal or just prohibited. 

There is a different kind of street art such as Graffiti, Murals, Poster art, 3D art, Sticker Street Art, and Sidewalk Chalk art. 

The famous places in India which are famous for street art are: 

1. Fort Kochi, Cochin

The first word even the internet says is ‘Kochi comes alive through Art streets’. So, that’s how the impact of art is, it makes a place go alive, Providing an unexpected visual treat, huge and colorful street murals are getting ready in the run-up to the festival and ceremonies. The first one was the Biennial first edition. 

Eight young graffiti artists from across the world are researching and creating street art in public spaces all over the neighborhoods of Fort Kochi and Mattancherry. Massive wall paintings have been part of the Foundation’s efforts since the Biennial first edition in 2012, but this is the first time they have formally invited graffiti artists for the assignment.

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2. French Colony, Pondicherry

Pondicherry is the smallest french community, and there are french people still living there. The city has a long and interesting history of trade and war. There is a strong French influence in the city, especially in the old quarters, with Rues and Boulevards lined with Mediterranean style houses and bakeries. It is full of blue and yellow art murals with cool abstract, and doodles that relate to the place. 

Pondicherry is very much a city with a dual personality: crossing from East to West of the central canal reveals two cities with very different characters.

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3. Gokarna

There are enigmatic art streets in Gokarna, which have always focused on sending a message making the people aware. The yellow and golden street art takes into account the complementary sunsets, and blue hues of the sky while creating a halo for the golden hour. 

Describing the art while creating them with a purpose is a strong suit that could be adapted by the country, it may sound a vitriolic idea to some, as it exploits the public property but only to make it look better.

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4. Kolkata

Kolkata has always been known for its rich heritage, the good old dishes, the chaos in the streets yet so astounding to a person who wants to capture the culture in India. With this, It is also becoming a place where graffiti is becoming popular. Some of the very famous streets for the same are Park Street, Loudon Street, and St. Lawrence High School. 

Enriching the streets with vibrant colors, abstract paintings, or messages has given a reason to visit these places and get pictures clicked. 

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5. Panjim

Goa has always been known to be a hub of trending art culture. There are wonderful streets that can grab your attention just by looking at how vibrant they are. These walls also carry wonderful messages, which are either funny or educational. The streets of Old Goa have been painted on with the same and is appreciated as a tourist spot. 

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6. Bangalore

Murals, Graffiti are just not some painting but an expression of the most vocal message, appreciation for art, and spreading messages. People have always found solutions to problems, and in the dull streets, it coruscates the space and attracts better footfall. It can also turn to Residual urban design. 

Recently, they made a graffito related to the coronavirus, using Thanos, masks, and Hand sanitizer and that is the clever thinking to be done in the same place.

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7. Chennai 

Chennai took to the streets the #conquertheconcrete. Were they trying to conquer brutalism or just experimenting with something fun, quirky, and adding a name on the list for the best street art in India. Who knows about the motive but the end product, so artists in Chennai as well as artists from Germany came together to paint the town and anywhere you go in nammaChennai, you get to see the beauty of this work.

Then they invite other artists to come and join them on Sundays to add color and art to these walls. They cover bus stops, pavements, public places and everybody and anybody is welcome to join in.

8. Thrissur, Kerala

Kerala street art is filled with the famous art dance, Kathakali, where it portrays the culture of Kerala. They collaborate with all Indian Artists, and during the fest, everyone maps the art together on buildings, walls, and abandoned places. 

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9. New Delhi

We all have heard of the Lodhi Gardens, near them that is the Lodhi street which has street art, which changes the vibe of the place. Going from a government colony, Lodhi Street has one of the most impressive arts in the city which students really like to visit. It has more of the artist’s call to it without my serious messages but with umbrellas, sports, and birds and it turns up the vibe of the space. Not only Lodhi Street but cafes, Highways too have street art in Delhi which is created by students and appreciated by everyone. 

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10. Bandra, Mumbai

Mumbai is one of the iconic artistic places in India. With the hustle, it carries enthusiasm, vibe, and funk to be called the perfect city for living in your 20s while you’re running behind your dreams but also need to calm yourself once in a while. 

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Apart from the rich preserved heritage, it also has museums where the city’s pulsating art scene is at display but rather it is home to some of the city’s finest artwork– raw, relevant and most accessible – present on its very own streets. With the blue of sky and sea, there lies this combination of many colors which adds to the charm of Mumbai. 

Author

Ayushi is an architect and an enthusiastic reader and writer. She aspires to step a foot into the world of connecting architecture with writing, initiating with small steps. As said, there is no correct way to follow the dreams, she believes in the process and hustle throughout the journey.

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