Sharmistha Ray's poster for the Mahindra Blues Festival is a synthesis of art and design concepts inspired by Mumbai and music. Using the visual of the ocean dotted with coloured fishing boats - a unique signature of Mumbai's urban landscape - Ray has created a dynamic visual adapted from an original painting to complement the spirit of a Blues festival in Mumbai. Painting in the abstract, for Ray, also has close links with music. The painter's palette knife is akin to a conductor's baton: colour, temperature, gesture, mood, texture and myriad layers crescendo towards a total symphony. The semi-transparent font, which was created with an urban skyline stencil and a gritty texture to reflect Mumbai's urban grit, was superimposed on the visual to mimic a contemporary light projection upon the water.
Ray is an artist, writer and curator living in Mumbai and New York. In 2014, Ray was also commissioned by the Berklee College of Music to design a special poster for the historic event "A.R. Rahman Meets Berklee" at Boston Symphony Orchestra, USA. She is a TED Fellow and has won numerous accolades including a Montblanc Young Artist World Patronage Award. Her works are a part of private and corporate collections all around the world.
The 'havaldar' blowing a whistle; the 'horn ok please'; the temple bell; the flute seller and various vehicles honking; the crow cawing - Renowned Mumbai based artist Brinda Miller presents an experiment in mixed media, creating a montage of images related to the sounds of Mumbai. Her vision brings to life the spirit of Blues music in the everyday sounds of the cosmopolitan city that has become the home of this genre in India. Exclusive, limited edition prints signed by Brinda will be available for purchase at the Festival venue.
Noted Mumbai based artist Jehangir Jani (www.jehangirjani.com) has beautifully brought out the connect between the Blues and the city of Mumbai in these Festival Posters specially created for the Mahindra Blues Festival. He has used popular Mumbai icons along with musical instruments most commonly used in creating the Blues. Exclusive, limited edition prints, signed by Jehangir, will be available for purchase at the Festival venue.