The leafy pavement on either side of the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai's Kala Ghoda (Black Horse) Arts Precinct is lined with the artwork of promising young artists, who gather there to exhibit and sell their works.
Paintings are available for purchase from as little as 20 rupees. However, the best thing about the Kala Ghoda pavement gallery is that you can interact with the artists to find out about their techniques, and even see them in action. This photo tour shows some of what's on offer.
How to Get There: You'll find Kala Ghoda and the Jehangir Art Gallery wedged between Colaba and the Fort district of south Mumbai. It's less than a five-minute walk from Colaba Causeway. From Regal Circle head straight along M G Road (Mahatma Gandhi Road) past the Price of Wales Museum, which is opposite the Maharashtra Police Headquarters. The Jehangir Art Gallery and pavement gallery is on this road.
If you've got a spare 10 minutes, this talented Kala Ghoda pavement artist will produce a very realistic pencil sketch of your portrait.
The quoted price was 250 rupees, however, it's possible to negotiate. We overhead one woman only paying 100 rupees for her picture.
Painting on Tickets
These creative paintings are a unique way to remember your ride on India's infamous public transport. The artwork is done on tickets. The artist has used all kinds of tickets including Mumbai local train tickets.
Each painting sells for 250 rupees.
Painting on Leaves
The delicate art of painting on dried Peepal leaves originated in Kerala, in south India. Greeting cards made out of painted Peepal leaves have become a popular Indian souvenir. All kinds of beautiful designs are available, including religious (Ganesh, Om, Buddha), birds, elephants, village scenes, and the Taj Mahal.
Small leaf paintings are 20 rupees, and large ones are 30 rupees. So inexpensive but eye-catching!
Pavement Gallery Artist at Work
This Kala Ghoda pavement artist was fascinating to watch, as he diligently sketched. If you want to pick up some tips, stop a while and see how he does it. He also had quite a few works on display, mainly colorful abstracts.
M A Jafar Paintings
On the day that we visited the Kala Ghoda Pavement Gallery, recognized artist M A Jafer was exhibiting his brilliant works. He's had solo shows across India since 2006. His works are also part of art collections in a number of Indian hotels.
These paintings were priced at around 2,000 rupees each.
These contemporary paintings of popular Hindu god Lord Ganesh, on display at the Kala Ghoda Pavement Gallery, were really stunning. Many had the sacred Om symbol intricately integrated into their design. They'd make a wonderful gift for the spiritually inclined.