Delhi artist reimagines streetscapes prints inspired from Japanese Oscar winning Studio Ghibli

Paying a fitting tribute to Japan’s legendary animation house Studio Ghibli, Aditya Raj portrays the mundane and indolent facets of everyday life in his streetscape of India.

Studio Ghibli films have an intriguing way of shoving us back to childhood. They depict the beauty of everyday life – lively streets, scrumptious food and nature – into fantastical stories.

Aditya Raj has long been a fervent admirer of Studio Ghibli’s works, envisioning the beloved characters within the backdrop of Indian locales.

The fantastical elements themselves, blend in with relatable themes of friendship, self-discovery, and growing up, create a sense of wonder and possibility.

Although these films are set in Japan, the emotions and nostalgia they evoke are universal. The meticulous attention to detail in their visuals not only makes us yearn for our idealized childhoods but also prompts us to reflect on our past experiences.

The Oscar for “The Boy and the Heron” is Miyazaki’s second, after he won the animated feature prize in 2003 for “Spirited Away.” He also accepted an honorary Academy Award in 2014 for “exceptional contributions to cinema.”

Aditya Raj’s fusion of the Ghibli universe with iconic spots in Bombay, such as Nirula’s, Kyani & Co., and the renowned Haji Ali Juice Centre, reflects a nostalgic intertwining of his artistic pursuits and personal experiences.

Among his work, one can witness Kiki soaring on her broom across the landscapes of Kolkata while passing by landmarks like Peter Cat, Oly Pub, Broadway Hotel, and Kusum Rolls.

Miyazaki’s first feature film in 10 years — was produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki and features a musical score from Hayao Miyazaki’s longtime collaborator Joe Hisaishi.

Aditya shared his extensive collection of Ghibli-inspired paintings, expressing gratitude for the profound influence Miyazaki’s work has had on his artistic journey.

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