TIRTHANKAR DAS, SAMMYA BRATA & DEEPBRATA DUTTA | 12 DECEMBER, 2019
In Pictures: Grafitti Changes the Face of Kolkata
“We must encourage our young budding artists”
KOLKATA: Normally we associate graffiti artists with cities like New York, Paris and London but here in Kolkata there seems to be a new genre of graffiti artists who have taken the responsibility to cover the city’s dull moss-laden walls.
A graffito is so much more than a set of colours thrown together. It is a form of art, an expression that means different things to different people.
Recently the Kolkata Port Trust and Kolkata Municipal Corporation with some young budding street artists have taken the responsibility of colouring the Ganga Ghats of Kolkata along with street walls.
Goutam Chakraborty, security adviser and heritage coordinator of the Kolkata Port Trust said, “We must encourage our young budding artists and should help them in this form of art.”
“We have coloured Bagbazar Ghat, Annapurna Ghat, Kumortuli Ghat, Motilal Sil Ghat and in the future, we will colour more ghats of the city.”
Streets like Sudder Street, Elgin Road, North Kolkata, Beni Nandan Street, Kankurgachi, Park Street, Khidderpore are some places where we can find various graffitis. Even the open electricity boards have been coloured.
The walls of Eden Gardens were coloured for the historic day-night pink-ball test between Bangladesh and India. More than 45 students of the Indian Art College and Government Art College joined hands to hand to colour the stadium.
Many youngsters visit these artworks and take pictures in front of the graffiti.
Photos: Tirthankar Das, Sammya Brata, Deepbrata Dutta