An ‘Art Talk’ series organised by Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) began today with the art talk – ‘A Journey with the Miniature Paintings of Rajasthan’. Art enthusiasts had the opportunity to connect with well-known miniature artists of Rajasthan. The art talk was attended by Nathu Lal Verma, Samdar Singh Khangarot ‘Sagar’ and Mahaveer Swami. It was moderated by Usha Bhatia. The online session introduced the artists, explained the art form and narrated stories associated with it. This gave the participants a truly immersive experience and helped them understand the comprehensive landscape of Miniature Paintings of Rajasthan.
Nathu Lal Verma gave an overview of Miniature Painting in Rajasthan. His artwork has been heavily inspired by ‘Kalidas ke Granth’ (Texts of Kalidas) like ‘Meghdoot’, ‘Abhigyan Shakuntalam’ and ‘Kumārasambhava’. For his accolade – the ‘Award of Senior Fellowship’ which he received from the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, he painted a complete ‘Ragmala’ series. He has also made many paintings on the subject of ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Geet Govind’. Throwing light on the challenges faced by the miniature artists of Rajasthan, he said that miniature artists are unable to sell their paintings at a fair price and are struggling to maintain their livelihood during COVID-19. The Government should also look into the interest of the artists and waive off GST on the sale of paintings to give them some relief.
Samdar Singh Khangarot discussed the work he has done on the various monuments and buildings in Jaipur like the Gurjar ki Thadi, Patrika Gate, SMS Underpass, among others. He is currently working on the ‘10 Dishao ke Digpal’ series. He has also created various artwork inspired by ‘Kalidas Ke Granth’ like ‘Kumārasambhava’ and ‘Ritu Sanhar’. Throwing light on his unique technique, he further said that he uses a mixture of Indian and Japanese painting techniques. Much of his art supplies are sourced from Japan.
Mahaveer Swami said that his journey in miniature painting began almost 50 years ago. His art style is Bikaner traditional and contemporary. After obtaining his education in art school, he decided to become a freelance artist and practiced the traditional form. Currently, he is trying the revive the Bikaner School and introduce the students to art. He is presently working on artistically depicting the ‘40 Shloks of Hanuman Chalisa’, ‘Ram Darbar’, ‘Kalp Vriksh’ and ‘Panch Tatva’. He is following the old traditions of Bikaner School style, using stone and mineral colours. Very few artists are following this technique.
Tomorrow’s Programme on Thursday, 21 May
On Thursday, 21 May, there will be an online learning session on ‘Jaipur Kathak’ by Kathak exponent, Namita Jain from 5 pm to 6 pm. The viewers will have the chance to learn the Kathak style of ‘Jaipur Gharana’. The session will explore various dance sequences, hand gestures, feet work and much more. It will be a unique opportunity for viewers to learn and revive dance skills, gain knowledge on Kathak and understand the significance of the dance in today’s time.
It is to be noted that the online learning session will be Live on JKK’s Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/jawaharkalakendra.jaipur/