The Cartist Festival 2020 is featuring a series of Talk Sessions, Workshops and events jotting down the important aspects of Sustainability, Art and Automobile.

Day 2 of The Cartist Festival 2020 begun with a thought provoking opening session on “Electric Vehicle (EV)-Way to a Cleaner India” with Ranojoy Mukerji (Editor Millionaire Peak Life), and Anuj Guglani (CEO World Auto Forum).

In India, the automobile industry is one of the key sectors driving economic growth. India is racing to switch to electric cars. Despite a myriad of challenges and obstacles, electric vehicles (EVs) are steadily gaining traction, and aiming to switch to all-electric cars. This session was about the scope of the global/regional EV market, challenges, opportunities and the future of EVs in India.

“Electric vehicles are clean, no doubt about it. People in India will adopt when they realise service cost is low. Charging plug standardisation is a very important. Mid layer or end point but needs a standardisation for seamless transfer of power.” said Ronojoy Mukerji

“We are at the cusp of innovation and EV revolution and today’s policymakers have a huge role to play. Niti Ayog is working on some fantastic ideas schemes-turn kirana stores into electric vehicle charging stations.” Anuj Guglani added.

The speakers discussed great ideas, pragmatic policymaking solutions and way forward for a cleaner Flag of India.

In the next session, artist Vinay Sharma shared ond memories from his childhood and took the audience to a virtual tour of a space full of vintage radios. While sleeping in farms in childhood, he used to listen to humming from distant. He was curious and got to know about Radio. When he learnt about Radio, he started collecting these from 80’ and now has a collection of 250 radios.

“These radios are like alive objects for me and I feel connected to them and I happily spend my lockdown in conversation with my collection of Radios. Without remembering past we cannot imagine a better future” said Artist Vinay Sharma

“This session made us wonder about How can we restore our things and sustain our living taking care of our old valuables? Instead of having consumerism overtake us, we need to think to live and care for our belongings” said Himanshu Jangid, Cartist.

Day 2 also featured an interesting session on “Photography in times of COVID19” with Ravi Dhingra, Aisha Talayer Khan, and Tanushree in conversation.

The session as focused on answering questions like How pandemic has affected photography? What new measures taken by photographers in difficult times?

“Lockdown has pushed many of us towards virtual medium. People are coming forward to buy art at the same time. Over the years, photography has become a popular art and social media has enabled this for people. Photography is an art. One needs to have a photographic vision. Exclusivity and anticipation is needed in taking photography. Then simple moments can be captured in a unique way.” said Ravi Dhingra.

Aisha Talayer Khan shared her journey of digital photography art with effect of watercolor, crayons and how lockdown has challenged her to create. “As a photographer one has to re-invent themselves.” Aisha said.

Dr Ravi Prasad shared India’s effort to restore Heritage Cars & how legislation is evolving to support car owners. “Cartist has created lot of awareness across country and doing this in vast country like India is a herculean task.” – Dr Ravi Prakash. He shared about FIVA org, Governing Council, which was hosted in Bangalore and looking for their support in General Assembly. India has tremendous collection of heritage cars. Once legislations and amendments are done by government in India. Then, people can afford to cherish their old cars.

“At the moment, automative technology is electric. Ultimately, the objective for policies should be to discourage vehicles that pollute. Extraordinary movement to give voice and exposure to people who are artists and passionate about automobiles in Flag of India. Terrific job done by

Cartist. Relevance of art and car has grown with your work.”  Said Gautam Sen, Vice- President, FIVA Org.

A session on “Entwined journey of Car, Art and Design” was taken up by Avik Chattopadhyay, from Expereal.

A session on the Motivational Story of A Rag Picker to famous Photographer & Artist was delivered by Vicky Roy & Akhlaq Ahmad. They shared their Stories of hope that have become all the more important to inspire us. The artists shared their candid tales of survival, struggle and triumph.

A Panel Discussion on “Opportunities and Challenges: Stories of Indian Women Artists” was taken up by Durga Kainthola & Kavita Jaiswal, moderated by Lubna Sen. They has an insightful discussion on the real struggles for women artists to gain recognition. Women representation matters and Communities need to care and celebrate women artists. This session was a learning from journeys of leading artists and how they paved their way in society, their challenges and opportunities.

The workshops of the day included Origami for All by Nikhil skill of paper folding, most sought after in Japanese culture. The workshop aimed at introducing and inspiring people into the wonderful world of paper art. “Stay home and stay safe while you learn to fold some simple Origami models right from where you are!” said Nikhil when asked about the agenda of the workshop.

Street Typography workshop was taken up by Akhlaq Ahmed who taught Calligraphy, the art of beautiful handwriting but in a different manner.

For a sustainable solution to plastic waste, Manisha Manocha took a workshop on “Repurpose plastic bottles”. Approximately 100 million plastic bottles are used and discarded every day, with 80%of them simply becoming non-biodegradable litter on the planet. While we have been conditioned to consume drinks straight out of plastic bottles, but we fail to imagine the trash created in the process. Plastic water bottles take a huge toll on the health of our environment, with a significant carbon footprint. The fact is that the amount of water going into making a single bottle is up to three times what’s inside the bottle. Also, bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and, if incinerated, produce toxic fumes. Since reuse is a step up from recycling, repurposing plastic bottles is an excellent habit to do to help us save the environment. Time is now to act.

In another workshop by Omkar Bandekar, Coloured Pencil drawing was taught to the participants. This workshop was about a sketch that is freehand drawing, which is not meant to be as a finished work.

Venkat Raman Singh Shyam  took a workshop on Tribal Art using Gond. According to the Gond belief system, each and everything whether it is a hill, river, rock or a tree is inhabited by a spirit and is sacred. Gond community people paint them as a form of respect and reverence. Gond paintings are a reflection of man’s close connection with his natural surroundings. However, while a majority of Gond paintings do take inspiration from nature, it isn’t the only source of inspiration. Gond paintings can also take inspiration from myths and legends of India or alternatively, they may also showcase images from the daily lives of the tribe. It can also showcase abstract concepts like emotions, dreams and imagination.

The musical evening featured Fuzz Culture, band that is known for India’s premier electronic-act. FuzzCulture is the one-man show of Arsh Sharma, whose sound is defined by its rock riffs set against pop-heavy electronica tunes! FuzzCulture has played at various festivals across the country and outside and is set to release their upcoming EP later this year.

On the second day of the festival, various artists from across the country came forward to contribute to the festivities and created an array of artworks at their homes and then displayed the same on the Cartist’s Virtual event platform.

Cartist, an automobile art organisation, manifested the dream of continuing its tradition of organising nationwide Automobile Art Festival even this year and it was quite challenging for the organisers considering the current pandemic situation. However, Cartist has decided to take this Festival online in its entirety to confirm to the safety of one and all and also continue supporting and promoting the artists through a common platform.

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