The festival of colours, Holi, is a celebration that brings families, friends and communities together. On this day, people in India put their clean clothes aside, cover their cars and furniture, and leave their valuables in safekeeping to venture out into streets without any inhibitions. They enjoy the day with the simple pleasures of colour, music, dance and traditional sweets like gujia. It’s a day of freedom, laughter and love.
Finally, at 6.30pm, we were greeted by the sight of the finished spectacle. “We love colour” written on the ground next to the wall which said “We love Dilli” in the same Devanagari script and style. This piece was an extension of the mural on the wall, created by Hanif Kureshi himself, in collaboration with artists Lek and Sowat, for the Lodhi art district as part of the St+art Delhi 2016 festival. A temporary piece, created especially for Holi, it draws upon the colours and energy of the work on the wall, which in itself is a reflection of the spirit of this festive season in India.
Artwork on the wall:
Fred Visualek and Sowat + Hanif Kureshi
Artwork on the road:
Central Public Works Department
The Lodhi Colony community
Watch the film:
'We Love Colour - A Rangoli for Holi'