Bandra/Chimbai Village



Home to a mix of cosmopolitan life and old heritage, Bandra is one of the most popular suburbs in the city of Mumbai. It represents the contemporary face of Mumbai while being deeply rooted in its history. St+art India Foundation’s second-ever street art festival, St+art Mumbai 2014 was kick-started in a quaint pocket of Bandra - Pali Village. The project was then gradually extended to other areas of Bandra including Pali Hill and Chimbai.

Between 7 – 30th, November 2014, 50 artists from 11 nationalities worked on artworks across the locality to create #artforall. The festival aimed to introduce the city of Mumbai to street art and allow artists to create artworks in response to their interactions with neighbourhoods in the city.

Pali Village

The area of Pali Village was mostly home to Koli fishermen and farmers before the arrival of the Portugese in India and is predominantly Catholic.The buildings architecture traces its lineage to the portugese heritage of the 16th and 17th Century, and is a mix of Portugese and Koli styles. Artists spent time in the neighbourhood and explored the lanes as surfaces, leading to a plethora of artworks and colours popping up in the neighbourhood.

Amitabh Kumar -much much'/"मच मच"

Spaces like these are rare in a large, growing metropolis like Bombay and are often threatened. And the threat is not that somebody will come and destroy it, but they are essentially being bought out. And this being one of the entrances to Pali Village - almost like a threshold between two different set of urban's, the idea was to create a visual metaphor for this confrontation, so the idea of a battle came about

- Amitabh Kumar
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Yantr- "Mass Production" on Hill road
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ANPU and Nora- Tetrapods
Ara Peng Crew
Ara Peng Crew The Ara Peng Crew are a collective from Germany who made several works across Pali Village, eventually moving to do a participative wall near Tika’s piece in New Friend’s colony. For the community wall, they invited children from the locality to sketch drawings which were eventually painted on a wall near their homes. The text on the wall translates to 'Which colour represents the truth' as a way of celebrating diversity within the neighbourhood.
ANPU and Tika's collab mural of a cat at a pet grooming saloon at Pali Village.
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Tofu, Notes, Anpu and Inkbrushme got together and complemented each others’ pieces on this wall in Pali Village

Chimbai Village

One of the oldest settlements in Bandra, Chimbai Village’s existence dates back to about 400 years. Today it’s a neighbourhood that maintains a strong sense of community. Retaining much of its old world charm, it still houses several traditional, old-school houses belonging to fishermen.

Daan Botlek - "Continental Drift" in Aseema School, Bandra. In Chimbai, a fishing village in Bandra, dutch artist Daan Botlek began with painting a mural on a wall of Aseema School. Known for his character driven and surrealistic approach, Daan’s work seems like a three dimensional piece. Showcasing human caricatures playing around with larger than life stones, he leaves it up to the viewer to interpret the piece in their own way. This piece was titled 'Continental Drift', a name suggested by one of the students of the school.
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Daan and Botlek. After the school, Daan went onto do a collaborative wall with German artist Bond Truluv where they merged their distinct styles of character and type letters to to create an art piece in the courtyard of fisherman's house in Chimbai Village.
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Tona and Note

After Pali and Chimbai Village, larger-scale works began in other parts of Bandra. Much like Pali Village, the whole of Bandra (W) was once a cluster of hamlets inhabited by farmers and fishermen. Today it’s one of the most happening suburbs in the city of Mumbai. Over the year, it also became a favourite spot for graffiti writers to leave behind tags and pieces making for a contrasting juxtaposition of art and heritage. Working with the artists, we spread works across the neighbourhood, forming a Bandra art trail of sorts.

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Dome- 'Coming Home', a tribute to fishermen in the busy urban village of Bandra.
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Anpu - "Squeeze"
Ano on Mount Mary steps
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Ano -The Blue Elephant on the Vienna Store
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Inkbrushnme and Seikon’s work on the women hostel wall on hill road.
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Pobel x Swachh Bharat: Norwegian artist Pobel's Spiderman working for BMC's clean-up drive
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Tona's work at Supari Tank School, Bandra Reclamation
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Tika’s mural in New Friends Colony, Bandra near Reclamation
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Akacorleone (Por) works a lot with characters and typefaces and was heavily influenced by the hand painted signages he saw across Mumbai. He painted a piece on the facade of an iconic bakery in the Bandra region known as the Jude bakery, and used a reference to St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes in his piece