Shillong Street Art Fest-2018 is currently underway in the rock capital of the country. The artwork under the direction of renowned artist from Mumbai, Ranjit Dahiya, have inspired the local artists, and as part of the festival an appeal has been made to set up an institute of fine arts in Meghalaya.
Dahiya is a part of the Bollywood Art Project (BAP) and is accompanied by his colleague, Sanjib Roy from Assam.
An ongoing task in the fest is to complete the portrait of veteran Bollywood actor, Mithun Chakraborty at a government building in Shillong as Mithun is a very popular actor among the locals.
Talking about talent in art, Dahiya urged the youth to showcase their talent in fine art, and called upon the State Government to set up fine arts institute to help the youth become professional artists.
Local artist, Oliver Wendell Lyndem of the ‘Can’t Stop Art and Craft,’ a group formed by him and other artist friends, shared that he along with his friends have learnt a lot from Dahiya, especially styles and various techniques of painting including how to use shoe polish brush in painting. According to Lyndem, as many as 15 local youths benefited from the street art festival and have managed to learn painting skills by assisting the artists.