Creative Artists in the Streets of India

With more than a billion people with a background of 5000 years, India is the home of several skilled artists doing their jobs on the streets to make ends meet. These street artists aren’t the typical Western teenager pledging anarchy with a spray can, however- they are skillful artists whose artisanship echoes the past efforts of family members from generations ago. With the modern frenetic buzz of our life, we skirt by them, barely registering their presence before we are off again, swept away by the confused traffic of modern India. What we don’t notice is their stunning end products, rich tales of a quieter, less grandiose India, painted with the hues of ancient heritage and nativity.

This time during my visit to India I captured some of these artists busy in their work. Observe these artists and revel in the intricate details of their work. Next time you see these artists scattered on Indian roads, stop, and appreciate the sharply crafted tales of an all together forgotten India.


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  1. Nice to see these photos. Some of these traditional artists are slowly vanishing in India due to poverty and not getting any appreciation from the general public. People must appreciate these artists and encourage them so that India’s cultural heritage can be preserved for our future generation.

  2. Pam Brown says:

    Good photos, did you take all these photos in Indian streets? I am specifically asking about the sculptures?

    Do they have proper places to do these complex stone carving work?

  3. These are the real artisans (but rarely noticed)
    Can imagine how much those stone sculptors have to toil to get one murthi ready. (with the stone particles flying around)

  4. Swati Jaiswal says:

    sculpting and craft is really hard work, but not appreciated much in India, most of the traditional artists will vanish in some time due to poverty and lack of recognition and respect.

  5. Resham Virk says:

    These creative artists on the streets carve out beautiful products with all their skills and hard work. And there are plethora of such artists in street and corner of India. Proud of them that they take pride in their work and are still continuing with their hard work and creativity despite of so much of hardships.

  6. Bharadwaj Thiru says:

    Great pictures and story to bring forth the hidden talent in India. These are perhaps appreciated outside of India more than they are in India.

    Another kind of “artist” that I would like to add to this are the jugglers, the snake charmers, the tight rope walkers, etc. While these are perhaps not very prevalent in the large cities, these were the kind of entertainment I grew up with!

    I remember a couple of “artists” that I am not sure exist today. One such artist was a man on a bicycle who would literally “live” on his bicycle for seven days in full view of the public. He would balance himself on the bike and have his bath and food while riding the bike (thankfully, never saw him change his clothes!). In the evenings he would have a large audience of watchers and he would perform tricks like juggling etc. This was his way of earning money while entertaining us!

  7. Shrishti says:

    It is sad that hard work of these artists is not well appreciated in India and they live their life in poverty.

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