Himanshu Junaid, the founder of Cartist Yatra initiative, is a Jaipur based vintage car collector who travels across India to create awareness of art through the medium of the automobile since 2015. He and his teammates have been going to various cities of India with painted cars, to encourage the local artists of the vicinity and contribute art with a unique perspective.
The Event Centre of Riverfront is the venue for the Ahmedabad Stop of the nation wide Yatra. The Cartist Yatra has brought along with beautiful metal sculptures of cars apart from uniquely painted automobiles. The Gujarat Vintage & Classic Car Club has contributed 9 of its flashy vintage four-wheelers as a part of the display, and it is making the car fanatics of Ahmedabad drool over constantly.
More than 120 prodigy artists, from various institutions, have registered to contribute in the event, which was inaugurated on November 10, 2017, by veteran sculptor Dhruva Mistry and virtuoso photographer Parmanand Dalwadi and is open for people for viewing till November 12, 2017. The exhibition also hosts an art camp where materials will be provided to painters to think uniquely about car and art together. In Junaid’s words, “Since Ahmedabad is the World Heritage City, I wanted to generate awareness amongst citizens about art without boundaries and thus decided to make the visual art move with vehicular heritage across India. The initiative is a part of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat movement, and this year we have travelled more than 9100 kilometres to 12 different cities in past 121 days. ”
Cartist has been promoting various forms of art through multiple platforms few of which includes art camps, art+car exhibitions, musical and cultural displays, and also literary gatherings. The entire yatra will have 10 stops and will culminate in Jaipur with the ‘Cartist Automobile Art Festival’ between 22-24 February 2018. 200 of the best artists works will be selected from the thousands that will be done during this 3 month journey across India, for display at the Annual festival.
Here is the itinerary of the Cartist Yatra
Leave Jaipur — 4 November
Halt at Ahmadabad, Sabarmati River Front — 9-12 November
Mumbai, at Kala Ghoda — 16-19 November
Pune, Agriculture College — 23-26 November
Hyderabad, City College — 30 November-3 December
Bengaluru, Palace Ground — 7-10 December
Kochi, Darbar Hall — 14-17 December
Chennai, Wesley Ground — 28-31 December
Kolkata — 4-7 January 2018
Chandigarh — 18-21 January
New Delhi, Auto Expo — 4-14 February
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