The second edition of the Kolkata Street Arts Festival (KSAF) 2019 is scheduled to take place on January 6th, Sunday, 2019 at Hindustan Park Road, Kolkata.
The festival aims to celebrate and revive the rich culture and heritage of Bengal but to provide the much - needed and well - deserved platform to all artists, veterans as well as budding, to showcase their talents and creative.
Scenes from Kolkata Street Art Festival 2017. Image courtsey : Avanish Trivedi
Self-taught artist Avanish Trivedi is one of the artist showcasing his works at the festival. Avanish has been a regular at exhibitions – from being an attendee to putting up solo exhibitions since 2010, at prominent places in Kolkata.
While during childhood, Avanish kept practicing various visual art forms out of his interest, there existed a long gap of nearly a decade when he could not pursue his interest owing to a financial setback that his family experienced. It was when he joined TCS way back in 2007 that one of his colleagues egged him to pursue his talent and explore avenues to evolve his embryonic skill. This became his turning point that set the brush-stroke rolling as Avanish took to his arty journey in a well-structured and dedicated manner. Thus Avanish joined Birla Academy of Art and Culture in Kolkata and met his mentor Jiban Biswas, who shaped, nurtured and sculpted Avanish to what he is today! And Avanish indeed ascribes his success to Jivan.
The overwhelming impression of a close chance meeting with MF Hussain is a memory that Avanish cherishes. It was during one of his visits to an art gallery in Kolkata with his aunt, wherein he met MF Hussain – a modern Indian painter of international acclaim, and a founding member of The Progressive Artists Group of Bombay. And Hussain’s words of wisdom yet enthuses Avanish to keep igniting the spark in him! Avanish avers “MF Hussain spoke about how it is not all about drawing but expressing oneself and one’s thoughts through picture forms”.
“Art lives for eternity and through the art, the artist”, says Avanish Trivedi.
"How do you choose what gets in and what doesn't?" I begin. This, to me, is the biggest question. He started with a lot of conversations of how people – both artists and others - help him redefine and renew his creative instincts and that gives him new ideas and ways to look at work even within the sphere of art!
Kolkata Painting.. Calcutta Taxi By Avanish Trivedi
Once the capital of British-ruled India, Kolkata has long been a breeding ground for intellectual, political, and artistic movements and it is one of the largest Indian cities, which continues to develop as a center of Indian culture, with many independent art galleries and this has proved to be a boon for Avanish as he makes a mark in this field with each of his milestones. Well, it’s indeed an achievement par excellence for him despite his long break and lack of practice that now seems undetectable!