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Art, music and dance meet at the Kolkata Arts Lane festival

The one-day festival felt like “a day in your story”



From different parts of the city, artists, musicians, bakers, designers, performers and others gathered at Hindusthan Park for Kolkata Arts Lane Festival, in association with t2, on January 12. Decked up in paintings, paper cut-outs, art installations and banners, the one-day festival felt like “a day in your story”. Other than exciting decor, the lane was lined up with stalls that showcased fashion and lifestyle products, and let’s not forget the scrumptious food and live stalls set up by city favourites like Marbella’s, Chai Break, The Yellow Straw and others. An album from the event.
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From different parts of the city, artists, musicians, bakers, designers, performers and others gathered at Hindusthan Park for Kolkata Arts Lane Festival, in association with t2, on January 12. Decked up in paintings, paper cut-outs, art installations and banners, the one-day festival felt like “a day in your story”. Other than exciting decor, the lane was lined up with stalls that showcased fashion and lifestyle products, and let’s not forget the scrumptious food and live stalls set up by city favourites like Marbella’s, Chai Break, The Yellow Straw and others. An album from the event.
Pabitra Das
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Khadija Mallick’s journey started four years ago with a cake made with a cake mix. “After getting great feedback I turned to YouTube as my guide and while doing my Bachelors in 2015, Sweet Escape was born. With my mother being the strongest pillar of support, we wanted to make our presence felt. We started taking up stalls at various youth-based festivals and flea markets. Our main aim was to make dessert fun, portable and easy to eat and cupcakes became our canvas of art. In 2017 I booked my seat for a nine-month Advanced Diploma Course at Academy of Pastry Arts, Bangalore, and then took a three-month internship with The Westin. Sweet Escape is now coming back into the groove and at the Kolkata Arts Lane Festival, I sold three-fourth of my sweet treats,” said Khadija.
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Khadija Mallick’s journey started four years ago with a cake made with a cake mix. “After getting great feedback I turned to YouTube as my guide and while doing my Bachelors in 2015, Sweet Escape was born. With my mother being the strongest pillar of support, we wanted to make our presence felt. We started taking up stalls at various youth-based festivals and flea markets. Our main aim was to make dessert fun, portable and easy to eat and cupcakes became our canvas of art. In 2017 I booked my seat for a nine-month Advanced Diploma Course at Academy of Pastry Arts, Bangalore, and then took a three-month internship with The Westin. Sweet Escape is now coming back into the groove and at the Kolkata Arts Lane Festival, I sold three-fourth of my sweet treats,” said Khadija.
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We loved Srijeeta Bagh’s vibrant scarf stall. “I was selling my scarves under my brand Brisas. All the scarves are handmade, handcrafted and hand embroidered. The whole idea was handmade and sustainability using only natural fibres. I also sold a lot of sustainable silk mats which were made from recycled silk waste. They are only sold in Japan but it’s the first time I sold them in India,” said Srijeeta.
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We loved Srijeeta Bagh’s vibrant scarf stall. “I was selling my scarves under my brand Brisas. All the scarves are handmade, handcrafted and hand embroidered. The whole idea was handmade and sustainability using only natural fibres. I also sold a lot of sustainable silk mats which were made from recycled silk waste. They are only sold in Japan but it’s the first time I sold them in India,” said Srijeeta.
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Devika Himatsingka put up her stall called Artysanal. “During my recent visits to Rajasthan, I spent a lot of time interacting with local artisans, including weavers, potters and paper-makers. These conversations helped me really understand not only how much art and culture exists in that part of the country but also how inaccessible it is to the majority of people in Calcutta. Artysanal seeks to bridge that gap by bringing a greater variety of quality handicrafts to Calcutta at an affordable price — from the source directly to the consumer’s space,” said Devika.
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Devika Himatsingka put up her stall called Artysanal. “During my recent visits to Rajasthan, I spent a lot of time interacting with local artisans, including weavers, potters and paper-makers. These conversations helped me really understand not only how much art and culture exists in that part of the country but also how inaccessible it is to the majority of people in Calcutta. Artysanal seeks to bridge that gap by bringing a greater variety of quality handicrafts to Calcutta at an affordable price — from the source directly to the consumer’s space,” said Devika.
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Some performances kept the audience entertained. While local bands performed Bolly hits, dancers like Jenny Chowdhury from The Calcutta Waack Pack set the stage ablaze.
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Some performances kept the audience entertained. While local bands performed Bolly hits, dancers like Jenny Chowdhury from The Calcutta Waack Pack set the stage ablaze.
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One of the activities that had a long queue was the Kolkata Gully. This was a 40 feet installation made to capture the story of the city, throughout different eras.
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One of the activities that had a long queue was the Kolkata Gully. This was a 40 feet installation made to capture the story of the city, throughout different eras.
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Rashmi Manot (centre) and her friends took a selfie in front of the ‘t2 and you’ board. The motive behind this one? Readers had to tie a string around pegs that captures their story. Some of the pegs said shopping, gadgets, websites, tweets and models.
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Rashmi Manot (centre) and her friends took a selfie in front of the ‘t2 and you’ board. The motive behind this one? Readers had to tie a string around pegs that captures their story. Some of the pegs said shopping, gadgets, websites, tweets and models.
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Not only did you have to scout through art, you could make yours too. A section was set up for kids and adults to do pottery and painting.
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Not only did you have to scout through art, you could make yours too. A section was set up for kids and adults to do pottery and painting.
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The Art Fervour section was quite cool. The stall had random objects stuck to a wall like a banana, a vase and others and if you viewed the object through an iPad you could see visuals pop up.
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The Art Fervour section was quite cool. The stall had random objects stuck to a wall like a banana, a vase and others and if you viewed the object through an iPad you could see visuals pop up.
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Sudhir Ahuja of Bakstage was spotted at the festival.
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Sudhir Ahuja of Bakstage was spotted at the festival.
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(L-R) Adityesh Jaiswal, Priyanka Arora, Anya Doshi and Aditya Singh Roy dropped in as a group. “It’s the most beautiful time of the year, seeing an entire lane on the streets of Calcutta get so creative, being lit and painted so beautifully,” said Priyanka, the owner of Nick N Nack.
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(L-R) Adityesh Jaiswal, Priyanka Arora, Anya Doshi and Aditya Singh Roy dropped in as a group. “It’s the most beautiful time of the year, seeing an entire lane on the streets of Calcutta get so creative, being lit and painted so beautifully,” said Priyanka, the owner of Nick N Nack.
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We loved how Rhea Singhee matched her denim jacket with her sneakers and a sling paired with a black pair of pants.
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We loved how Rhea Singhee matched her denim jacket with her sneakers and a sling paired with a black pair of pants.
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