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Different Shades of Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Most people are familiar with the proud center of art & crafts and in fact a lot more than that with Jawahar Kala Kendra aka JKK in Jaipur. Like the rest of Jaipur’ wisely chalked out architecture and planning,  JKK boasts of an architecture that spellbinds a beholder at just one glance. No doubt, when the place is so unique and the location is worth shooting it is common to capture the same by one and all using own artistic spin.

JKK EntranceHistory of Jawahar Kala Kendra

Dedicated to India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, Jawahra Kala Kendra is truly metaphoric to the city of Jaipur i.e. an astonishing synthesis of past and future. A contemporary building based on an archaic notion of the Cosmos; the very same Navgaraha mandala, with one of the squares moved aside and beautiful murals inside, based on cosmology.

IMG_0035 copyJKK was built by Rajasthan Government with the plan prepared by the renowned architect Charles Correa in 1986. The building was ready in 1991 and of course, the plan was inspired by the original city plan of Jaipur, consisting of nine squares with central square left open.

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This multi-arts center has been created  with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts and it was in 1993 that JKK was open to the cultural connoisseurs. 

IMG_9932 copyBuilt by Rajasthan government with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts, JKK adapts and applies concepts from ancient architectural principles called the Vastu Vidya.

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The main building contains six exhibition galleries, open air theatre, auditoriums, dormitories, and coffee house.

IMG_0135 copyEach section of the building resembles the characteristics of the respective planet; for instance, the library is located in the Jupiter section, which attributes to knowledge and wisdom.

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The murals from the Jain mythology, the charts and paintings on the ceiling of the central dome formulate the exceptional nature of JKK.

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However, while preserving the cultural heritage and art of the state, JKK saw age catching up as far as maintenance of its building was concerned. Hence, it was revived and refurbished in 2016.

IMG_0700 copyWith the new lighting and the red sandstone could once again be seen shining clean and attractive enough to draw towards it a swarm of tourists, history lovers, local residents and art aficionados.

IMG_0079 copyRight from the entrance till the exit, every corner, center and even the smallest parts of Jawahar Kala Kendra either tell or make a story.

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The building is designed with walls bearing paintings, murals, all of them based on astronomy and cosmology, but there are some which also give an honest tribute to art and theatre.

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One of the oldest and most iconic coffee houses of Jaipur – Indian Coffee House, houses in its newly revamped look an admirable mural of Ebrahim Alkazi – a living legend who is one of the most influential Indian theatre directors and drama teachers belonging to 20th-century Indian theatre. 

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The Coffee House in the lunar section portrays the less revealed aspects of Indian astronomy through the paintings and creativity shown here; even on the coffee – tables. Every table depicts a different phase of Moon as seen in a painting at the coffee house.

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Adjoining the main building of JKK, a rural complex housed in it 9.5 acre complex known as Shilpgram is the venue for fairs, haat bazaars and festivals.

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Let’s take a walk through this ultimate hub of arts and crafts through this video-

Last day of Jaipur National Craft Fair (Saras 2016)

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Jaipur National Craft Fair (Saras 2016)

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Jaipur can never run out of exhibitions. Jaipur Saras craft exhibition is not only a place where you can go a shop for huge variety of crafts but it is also a noble initiative in collaboration with Indian government, to uplift of village industries.

Date: 3rd -14th November

Venue: Amroodon ka Bagh

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Get A Glimpse Of Handicrafts At The Shilpgram Fest

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A charming city with the shimmering Lake Pichola and the white City Palace situated in the centre is the first picture that clicks to the mind when one talks about the City of Lakes – Udaipur.

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Set in a village within the proximity of 3 kms in an undulating terrain of land surrounded by the Aravallis in Udaipur, the craftsmen village – Shilpgram is an exhibition of handicrafts from various ethnic groups.

shilpgram Being one of the biggest handicraft fairs of Rajasthan, Shilpgram Fair is held annually during the winter season. It takes place usually in the end of the year and this time it is from 21.12.2015 to 30.12.2015. Rajasthan is recognized for its art and craft worldwide and this fair gives a perfect chance to explore craft, art and culture of various states.

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The fair is not only about artifacts but one can also witness and enjoy various folk dance and music forms at the open air amphitheatre. So, what are you waiting for, book your tickets as we know its captivating!

Blue Pottery Shines At Yet Another Level

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The attractive village of Kot Zewar, which lies in Dudu tehsil of Rajasthan, is all set to come up as a tourist destination.The art of blue pottery started deep down in this toy-world of Kot Zewar, later flourishing the success story of this renowned art all over the world.

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Yet there is another village to add into the rural development of the state of Rajasthan and add a stimulus and boost to this diminishing art.

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A firm initiated to turn the look of the village by twisting the infrastructure, other facilities, activities and even the cuisine around this antique art and the change the picturesque of this town of Kot Zewar.

Shilpgram Fair, Udaipur

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One of the biggest craft and handicraft fair of Rajasthan- Shilpgram Fair is held annually in the city of Udaipur. The festival is organized every year to promote art and craft of Rajasthan. Since, Rajasthan has always been lauded for its handicrafts and artwork; this fair is a perfect destination to explore a colorful world of the hand woven clothes, embroideries, mirror works and handicrafts. The hand woven clothes and camel leather items grab the major attention of visitors in this fair.

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Started from December 21 till December 30, 2014, the festival is a living ethnographic museum depicting the enormous diversities in craft, art & culture between various Indian states. While you would shop and explore handicrafts, various musicians and dancers will entertain you with their respective arts. Shilpgram Crafts Mela of Rajasthan is majorly a sincere effort to give recognition to the local arts of remote villages of Rajasthan. Your visit to this fair of Rajasthan would definitely allure you towards the ethnic rural arts and crafts of Rajasthan.

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An attraction, no less of the Rural Arts and Crafts Complex of Rajasthan, is the open air Amphitheatre with a seating capacity of approximately 8000. Besides the major theatre festivals which the Centre holds here, it is hoped that this facility would motivate the local community as well as outside visitors to take a keener interest in theatre and the traditional folk performing arts.

Do visit the fair if you are in or around Udaipur or planning a visit soon!

Art Gallery at Jawahar Kala Kendra

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In the vast gamut of Rajasthani heritage and art, the need of nurturing and incubating art and artists was prominently felt. This anomaly brought the foundation of an international art and culture centre in Jaipur, popularly known as Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Jawahar kala Kendra focused to the preservation and promotion of the various genres of Indian art and culture.

In the last few of years JKK has apparently become the popular cultural destination and is giving a point of reference to the newly arising art and cultural centers.  Through out the year cultural activities get accomplished in the JKK’s premises. This year the 4th Art gallery of Jawahar Kala Kendra will have 25 artists from across the country displaying their paintings and photographs.

The exhibition will start from April 11 to 14, 2014 and the timings would be 10.00 am to 07.30 pm including Sunday. This weekend explore the inspiring paintings & photographs, and experience the real and authentic Rajasthan at Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Silk and Cotton Fab Exhibition

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Join in to be a part of India’s Biggest Silk and Cotton fab exhibition cum sale at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur that brings to you the best and latest in these industries till September 08, 2013. Silk and Cotton are two fabrics that are an absolute delight for any woman!

Be there and you will get to check out a special summer collection of ethnic & traditional silk, cotton handloom and handicraft products made by the master artisans and weavers from across India. Choose from a range of Madhubani Print saree, Kashmiri Silk Saree, Bhagalpur Saree to Gents Khadi Cotton and Silk Material et al.

The Handloom on display are Block printed material from Rajasthan, Chicken Fabric, Luckhnow Chicken, Chanderi, Maheshwari, Bhagalpur silk & Exclusive Duppta from Bihar, Block Printed dress materials of Gujarat, Handloom Kurtas from Chennai, South Handloom from Tamilnadu and there are so many other  things like handicraft material, jewellery, pottery and terracotta to see and buy.

If this sounds interesting to you, then go for it! This is a not to be missed exhibition.