The dragon was wearing a red fez and carrying a flower almost as big as himself.
“Where are you off to?” I asked him.
“To meet my lady love, who lives across the road,” the dragon replied.
“Have a great date,” I smiled.
“And you have a great time here at Chapel Road. I’m sorry I can’t take you around myself and introduce you to the others,” said the dragon as he hurried off with a backward glance and a ‘fangy’ smile.
Yes, I did meet a dragon in a red fez and with a flower.
No, dear reader. I’m perfectly alright. No, I’m not lying.
Yes, the dragon in a red fez and with a flower was quite real. As real as art can be. :)
Welcome to Bandra’s Chapel Road. It is a road that connects Mount Carmel Church to Hill Road. It is narrow, winding road that runs through what was once the independent Runwar Village but is now part of Bandra. It is a road that is used as a short-cut by many residents of Bandra travelling to or from the Bandra-Worli Sealink. But most importantly, and in the context of this post, it is also a road that is world-famous, thanks to the graffiti and street art there.
Unlike the street art that I have written about in my previous posts (the links are given at the end of this post) where only one artist’s work was in focus, the street art on Chapel Road is by multiple artists from all over the world; some of them are pretty famous artists too ! This has resulted in a pot pourri of styles and art that is quirky, whimsical, comical, serious, nostalgic, fantastical… but always designed to engage with the viewer.
Come with me as I take you to meet some of my favourites and overhear the (entirely imaginary) conversations I had with some of them. :)