Art always attracts eyeballs and you would not have come across a person till date who doesn't understand the beauty of an art piece. And, if you have, then it's time to ask them for being a part of a premeditated journey covering the major art and cultural centers (cities) across the country - Cartist Yatra 2017-18. One of its own kind of exhibition which started from Jaipur to explore and amalgamate the multicultural and diversified social space of Pan India.
The best part about Cartist is that apart from being an exquisite exhibition, you don't have to drive to the venue because the festivities come rolling down to your city. The caravan after making its show at Ahmedabad reached Mumbai on November 17. After 3 days of event there, it then moved to Pune. The Yatra will now move towards Southern India but before we get an update from further destinations, let me take you through all that happened in Mumbai and Pune.
After departing from Ahmedabad, the on-the-wheels exhibition which is entirely based on automobiles and focuses on taking the art forms beyond conventional art forms and techniques made its pitstop at Mumbai for a total of 3 days.
The event in Mumbai which was ignited on November 17, was inaugurated at Veer Mata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan where more than 125 people participated in the automobile art theme exhibition, and thousands of visitors were there to praise.
Out of the 125 artists, there were 25 students from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai. All the participants created artworks in their distinct genre of depiction on automobile art theme with much enthusiasm.
There's more excitement to Cartist when I tell you that two Mercedes cars were also allotted to promote local art forms. It was an effort to create exquisite works of art on rolling murals depicting both the cities (Mumbai and Pune). The pictured car was also painted live along with other art based themes that also have some social meaning to them.
Thousands of visitors who came to praise the exhibition at Veer Mata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan witnessed an exhibition showcasing a whole variety of modern art pieces including two must-see 1:1 scale handmade frames of Jaguar E-Type and a Volkswagen Beetle.
The automobile exhibition has been traveling to different cities with a couple of shipping containers accompanied by 15 artists. The next city the caravan moves to is Pune. Before that, let's see what a vintage car restorer for the royal families has to say about it.
"Mumbai is truly a city of dreams. We started this journey with a dream to fulfill a lot of dreams perceived by young talent of the country. We are engaging the students and artists in the art events and workshops to give them a platform where they can explore, learn and get in touch with the art fraternity through a practical approach. With us, they are going beyond the boundaries of conventional art forms and techniques." - Himanshu Jangid, a vintage car restorer for the royal families
Cartist Yatra 2017-18 had planned a 4 days camp at Pune with more than 100 artists participating. Also, history was created this time in Indian automobile and art history.
Remember the start of the story when you saw an image of a brand new Mercedes? Well, it has now taken the pictured form, and the Jaipur based artist Shrikant Ranga did all that.
This was the first time in the Indian automobile and art history when a brand new Mercedes E-type 220 was artified in the vicinity of Pune city. Shrikant used colorful graphical designs to revamp the car artistically and creatively.
To add on to the spirit of this art event, Cartist painted an ambassador car- a car representing the legacy of the Indian automobile history. Along with this, Herald - one of the vintage car is given an artistic look.
In addition to this, airbrush artists painted three motorbikes which were later showcased in the art exhibition along with all the painted cars, artworks, and the automobile art collection of Cartist. The initiative got supported by local artists and some of the prominent artists who joined hands with Cartist yatra including Kadam Shrikant, Dinkar Jadhav, Ajay Deshpande, and Ram Kharatmat.
It seemed like the people of Pune loved the idea to that extent where they drove their cars to the exhibition and got them painted.
While the Yatra's now on the move towards Southern India, while it had the base set in Pune, it was in the premises of Pune's agriculture college.
On the last day of the event, 20 artists were selected who will be invited to Jaipur for Cartist automobile art festival 2018 in February to give a national platform to the artists and amalgamate the cross-cultural art forms and support cosmopolitan culture.
Before we leave the memories of Pune here and tell you about Hyderabad in our next story, here's what Himanshu has to say about Pune: "We are thrilled with the response Pune has given us. This city has a lot to show regarding art capabilities. Watching this love for automobile art, we will soon be painting another two cars, one is Morris, and the other one is a vintage car from the Mercedes collection. We are thankful for the support Pune has given to Cartist yatra."
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