A brief introduction about yourself and what you do
We are a group of dreamers who left our career as journalists and are now working full time on our dream project called Kavi-The Poetry Art Project. We love experimenting with things and this is how our project came in to being which is quite popular among various poetry groups all across the world.
How did the idea of The Poetry-Art Project come about?
We started Kavi with the simple thought that something as beautiful as poetry deserves to be seen, read and realized more in our day-to-day lives than only be breathed in blogs, books, private journals and recitals. And so, we decided to bring poems in our living spaces.
Kavi was formed in the year 2012 by co-founders Amit Singh, Madhuri Balodi and Kalpana Mukerji with an idea to mix poetry and creative art forms. The Poetry-Art Project is a first-of-its-kind India-based organisation that provides customized, eco-friendly gifting options with a hand-created touch. We create many varieties of lamps and key hangers from upcycled wine and beer bottles, craft clocks, wall-art, bags, cushion covers and much more — all of these far-removed from the common factory designs you see all around.
Till now, we have created more than 2500 gifts for people who wished to gift a visual form of poetry to their loved ones. You can connect with us on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KaviThePoetryArtProject and on our website www.kavipoetryart.in
Tell us briefly about your art and what in particular inspires it?
We believe inside each of us is a closet poet - with words or without. Kavi - The Poetry Art project is an initiative to make poetry come alive as art in living spaces which is our core inspiration for the products. Basically, we're on the “write” side of art ... if paintings and pictures find a place up on your walls and workstations and soul spaces, why shouldn't poems?
What is your favourite product created so far?
Recently, we did a canvas poetry wall art piece for Salman Khurshid, poet-cum-politician, with his poetry which he had written for his daughter. We're glad he loved it, and here's what he said: "Kavi is a remarkable endeavour to combine creative art with poetry. I can see this going places and touching the hearts of all who wish for all things authentic".
Does Delhi, as a city, have any impact on the art you wish to create?
Everything around us gives us ideas for our products. Delhi has given us the exposure and played a vital role in turning our dreams into reality.
What part of the city inspires your art the most?
We are wanderers and love to roam around the city! Old Delhi and Mandi House are on our frequent visit list. The Sri Ram Centre Canteen at Mandi House is our favourite place to sit around and exchange ideas.
What are your future plans?
We want to open a creative store in the city where we will not only sell our products but also organize regular poetry meets for all poetry art lovers.
One thing you’d like to change about Delhi’s poetry art circuit?
Everybody has a poet in her/ himself when it comes to penning down emotions. Delhi has a wide circle of poetry and we think it’s good to bring that out instead of suppressing it.
A hidden gem of the city that everyone must know about?
One shouldn’t have to go too far to locate a hidden gem. Just enjoy a Road Side Tea with a Mathi which may be located inconspicuously a few steps from your office – those are the real hidden gems of Delhi.
How has the city responded to your art? Do you think Delhiites appreciate art enough?
People in Delhi have started building a liking for art. Off late they don’t go for the ordinary but are always on the lookout for something different, creative and quirky even if they have to pay extra for it.
In a personal capacity (not as an artist) do you love the city? Do you think your work would be different if you were based elsewhere?
We are true Delhiites who love our city. Delhi has given us the opportunity to explore our art in all its forms; things would definitely be different if we were living in some other state.