Cover art for podcast Audiogyan


208 EpisodesProduced by AudiogyanWebsite

Audiogyan (founded in 2016) is a collection of conversations with luminaries of the Indian creative world. It’s a passion project to document thoughts and ideas of Indian designers, artists, musicians, writers, thinkers, and luminaries of the creative world.


27: St+Art movement with Hanif Kureshi

St+art India is the brainchild of 5 co-founders all belonging to diverse backgrounds. Founded in 2014 by Arjun Bahl, Hanif Kureshi, Giulia Ambrogi, Akshat Nauriyal, and Thanish Thomas.

St+art India is a not-for-profit foundation with the intent of making art more democratic. St+art explores the synergy between art and its ability to transcend socio-cultural barriers and lead to the exchange of ideas through unique and collectively shared experiences in public space. St+art has made over, 500 artworks in 10 Indian cities with more than 100 artists from over 25 countries. You can check out Episode # 78 where I spoke to Giulia Ambrogi about St+art project and insights into murals.

Today I have Hanif Kureshi with us on Audogyan. Hanif is a Designer, Typographer, and the Artistic Director and Co-founder of St+art India Foundation. He is one of the most sought after artists in India. Today we are here to discuss painting on streets.

Thanks, Hanif for giving your time and it's a real pleasure to have you on Audiogyan.


St+Art movement with Hanif Kureshi.


I am quoting you from one of your articles online, "While graffiti was once considered a nuisance, it is now a wonderful showcase of alternative art, a sub-culture that sometimes surpasses the mainstream in its fanbase." - I have 2 questions. 1, Why was it considered a nuisance? 2. How & why did it change?

Is street art an Indian thing? Where do you see it’s rooted in India?

What role does space play while making artworks of such huge sizes? Can you share any particular example/case study?

Borrowing from the Startindia website, "Indian streets are very unique. They are a microcosm of the millions of diverse voices that co-exist in this vast and wonderful nation of ours." - How do you pick subject/theme of what to draw? Both in temporary and permanent structures.

The cut-out type work is very dominant in the south of India. What can be learned from it and push the envelop further?

Can you share a few positives and few negatives while making this street art movement? From establishments, from art creators/lovers and general audience?

How does street art influence the aesthetics of the overall society/area/community?

You guys are also involved with the ‘Smart Cities’ program and the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’. Can you talk more about it?

What is the long term future of St+art movement?

Educational emoji reaction


Interesting emoji reaction


Funny emoji reaction


Agree emoji reaction


Love emoji reaction


Wow emoji reaction


Listen to Audiogyan


A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens