Instagram Kolkata Instameet 5

Instagram Kolkata Instameet (1)

It was the second Instameet conducted Calcutta Instagrammers that I was attending on a dull grey March morning. The date was 6th of March 2016 and nearly six months back I had participated in my first Instameet. Things were quite different this time, unlike the first meet, this time, there were quite a few known faces and more than that there were many friends who I had acquired from the last Instameet.

This walk was organised on behalf of Turtle by Calcutta Instagrammers team and the theme for the day was “Graffiti” or you can say street art. The start point was Indian Museum and from there we will move to New Market and Sudder Street area which is slowly becoming a graffiti hub in this city.

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Graffiti Wall Lane of Kolkata

Graffiti Wall Lane of KolkataGraffiti Wall Lane of Kolkata

Normally we associate Graffiti Artist with cities like New York, Paris, London etc. but here in Kolkata there seems be a new genre of graffiti artists who have taken the burden to cover the dark moss laden walls with colourful motifs. Walls here in Kolkata are usually used to graffiti’s of political parties, most of them are just political slogans or just an open canvas to slug on the opponent. Occasionally however there are some clever comic relief which again is more of a political satire. These were more prominent during the 80’s and 90’s and one of them that is still edged in my mind was a political cartoon about Fodder Scam where a cow’s head was replaced by the head of one of the accused politician and depicted him chewing on bags of money intelligently like fodder for the bovine.

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