In a unique endeavour to promote art, craft, theater, music, dance and everything creative, Art Hop came to Pune with a huge lineup of artistes, workshops and performances. The art fest saw 30 workshops, 40 performances and showcased the works of 50 artistes in 14 different locations of Koregaon Park, Pune. All of it in a single day!
After a successful event in Mumbai last year, the Festival of Artistic Expression was held in the city on April 27, Sunday. The venues were O Hotel, Malaka Spice, Terttulia, High Spirits, ArtSphere, High Spirits, Hard Rock Cafe, Oakwood, Shisha Cafe, The Cultural Centre, B Blunt, Monalisa Kalagram, Gyaan Adab and One Lounge.
The Punekar team kicked off the festivities with Hard Rock Cafe, which was buzzing with activity by the late afternoon. We attended a clay pottery workshop by Veena Chandra there and thoroughly enjoyed it! On display were oil paintings, photography exhibits and some abstract art by various artistes.
The Drum Circle at ArtSphere got everyone pumped up for the mixed martial arts workshop by Anomit that took place later. The O Hotel hosted a workshop on Warli Painting by Sangeeta Naik and later an interesting Bottle Painting Workshop by Shweta Gujar. Similar to it was an art and craft from scrap workshop by Nupur Pittie at One Lounge, which taught interesting ways to create art from waste. At the same location, a light and fire show by Mad Poi was mesmerising.
A super bike exhibit was the object of interest at the Oakwood hotel. We spotted a Hayabusa, Ninja, an Intruder among other amazing bikes. Other activities at Oakwood included Bharatnatyam, Odissi and contemporary dance performances, with a Short Improv workshop. At Terttuila was a Cocktail Making workshop and at High Spirits, one could learn the Art of Brewing Beer. The Sky Lanterns at Monalisa Kalagram were beautiful and fun to watch.
Never before has Pune seen such an amazing and eventful Sunday… So much so that we look forward to the next Art Hop already!