Five comrades of TCBG travelled to Dhauladhar-clad Gunehar village in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh in May-June 2016 to become a part of a unique art festival - ShopArt ArtShop Festival. Every three years, some of India's finest artists and renowned international artists take part in this month-long festival and turn the streets, houses and shops of Gunehar into an art gallery of sorts.

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A unique art festival where a village turns into an art gallery

ShopArt ArtShop is a unique art festival where artists from different parts of the world come to Gunehr, live with the locals, be part of their lifestyle and create conceptual artwork which is exhibited in the empty shops in the village.

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गुनेहड़ – कला दीर्घा में बदलता गांव

इस आर्ट फेस्टिवल में कलाकार आते तो दुनिया भर से हैं लेकिन वे स्थानीय लोगों के साथ मिलकर अपनी कला को दिखाते हैं। फैशन डिजाइनर स्थानीय गद्दी पहनावे को मिलाकर कपड़े तैयार कर रहा है, उसके बाद गद्दी महिलाओं का पारम्परिक कपड़ों में फैशन शो होता है।

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Gunehr is now on Google

The metallic clanging from the lathe shop falling oddly in step with the strides on the makeshift catwalk next to it could have been an installation. Then, this is what happens when daily life takes an arty turn.

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When Artists Transform A Village Into A Colourful Canvas in Himachal Pradesh

Transforming a village into an Art Gallery is undoubtedly a long process. A village, which is literally off the tourist map and except a few travellers, is not known to many, has become an Art Village in a span of a month.

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It was from TCBG I knew of SA AS - art like I hadn't seen before, freed from the bind of gallery walls and habitat enclosures. A liberating experience it was not just for art but for me too. What I wrote about it on my blog from the day spent there was one of my most inspired as well as gratifying works. The fabulous people I befriended was a bonus.

Thommen Jose, Communication consultant, corporate filmmaker, travel writer and blogger