Weaving the magic of art and colors Jaipur Art Summit began with a fresh wave as a delight for every art connoisseur. On a crisp winter afternoon, one need not walk around the unwinding streets of city to see the colors anymore but simply step inside the famous Ravindra Manch, at Ramniwas garden Jaipur, and witness a palette of colors which is being displayed on various formats like canvas, visual and digital art, art installations, sculptures and other contemporary and folk-centric expressions by national and international artists.
As you enter the gate, there stands a big canvas where every one is free to float in the spirit of art. Though every art piece is worth a mention but here we are talking about the one that caught everyone’s attention. A tree in the center garden with one huge puppet and dozens of other puppets (Kathputli) hanging on it. Made from wood and dressed in colorful and intricate native attires, decorated with bindi, borla, necklace, bajuband, bangles, embellished with gotta each and every puppet (Kathputli) stands out.
The sight is so beautiful that for some time you will mistake it for a beautiful paradise of another world. As we stopped and looked they were just not puppets that we usually witness on any Jaipur street and are normally sold as a celebrated art form of Rajasthan.
But there lies a story attached to each puppet, the story of every woman, who is empowered. As soon as you notice one name, you will be more inclined to read all- Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, Mary Com, Kalpana Chawala and many alike who have made their place in this man’s world. Each puppet depicting the role of woman in our society, her abilities, her presence, her individuality, her dedication and sacrifice.
Such a captivating artwork must have come out by some famous experienced artists. Well, this is what we thought exactly. But we were utterly surprised to meet these young and budding Artists Vrinda Haldia from Jaipur and Uma Kant Meena from a small town of Bundi.
And this is what the two artists had to say about their art work-
“We have conceived this idea to reveal the multifaceted roles of women in front of the society-said Vrinda. She added further- The use of latest tech gadgets (iPhone, laptop etc as props with puppets signifies the power of women and how easy it is for her to handle each sphere in a dignified way besides handling the household chores, (while pointing towards one puppet with a rolling pin)
“ As I belong to this small town of Rajasthan – Bundi, I have seen women of my family doing nothing except household work. They did not go to school and are not allowed to work outside their home. As I moved to big city I have seen how the women roles here are different from the one at my village. Here girls are doing everything, going to school, working, they are doing business, some are entrepreneurs, they are not shy like village girls, they are free to do things of their choice. This multifaceted face of today’s city women inspired me to experiment the same concept so as to bridge the gap between a village and a city girl”- said Uma Kant Meena
This 5-day festival promises an experience like never before and tops the wish-list of passionate artists and art-lovers. So, get ready to soak in the colorful, warm and festive spirit of the city during the ongoing art festival!
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