Zake is a pioneer of Mumbai’s graffiti scene. Tagging walls with his bag of spray paints, the city is his canvas. Graffiti artists are usually inconsistent and imitative, but Zake is highly promising and has benefited from the media exposure street art gets in Mumbai. A fine arts student, his constant experimentation has created an Indian style of graffiti. The European influences in terms of style are visible, but his work employs Indian scripts, such as Devnagri. The faces will be of celebrities populating pop culture. This contextualising of art is particularly important for graffiti, since it is the only form of art freely accessible to all people to experience.
Hip Hop Homeland is the most in-depth look yet at the burgeoning Indian underground hip hop scene. A series of raw, gritty profiles about a fast emerging youth trend, Hip Hop Homeland covers the growth of hip hop movement in Mumbai, spanning the entire scope of hip hop subculture – from rap to other forms of self-expression like dance and visual art. This new trend is coming through the slums and the chawls, and the rappers covered in the series speak in a street ‘bhasha’ that draws on local languages.
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