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Mandana

Mandana

Mandana

The  art of painting the walls & floors of their homes by the ladies of the house with simple or intricate drawings is practiced almost all over India, though the names by which it is called may vary from state to state. In Rajasthan it is called ‘Mandana’. The designs are as many and as varied as the women painting them. They are simple.They are intricate. Mother teaches the daughter how to draw them. They are made right after the walls of the mud hut and floor have been given a new coat of mud layer & right before the festivals to welcome the deities & the guests of the family living in the house. They are usually made with a mixture of white lime. The same stuff with which we whitewash the walls of a house. Terracotta may be added as per choice or requirement to add color. These designs have a short life span because they are open to the elements. City women also draw these designs on the floors of their homes,usually before a festival, to welcome the Gods to their homes. In the cities the women may use white and red poster colors & paint brushes to draw these designs to make them last longer. In the villages of Rajasthan people are using cement to build their homes so you do not see the use of these mandanas as much as in the  days of lore. They are still drawn on festivals and other auspicious days.

These pictures are from the Shilpgram at The Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK),Jaipur.They are  identical to the huts etc. in real villages.
Mandana

Mandana

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Bored In Jaipur?

Sunrise

If for some reason you have to stay in Jaipur for a longish period of time-what do you do-how do you pass the time of the day? You have been to all the Forts in Jaipur, shopped for all your friends, seen all the museums, now what?

You can delve a bit deeper in to the Jaipur other people breeze through, here are some options…

1. Make friends with other expats living and working here.

2. Learn a new skill. If art is your forte you can learn miniature painting from the masters.

Or you can learn yoga.

Or you can learn to read, write  & speak a local language like hindi or sanskrit.

Or you can live in the elephant village near  Amber and learn how to care for the elephants and how to train them & drive them.

Or if you want to continue your higher education the Rajasthan University has an excellent faculty for the foreign students wishing to do just that.

Or you can learn to cook the various local indian cuisine.

3.  You could ask the expats already working here, if they would like a helping hand at their trade, while you gained a few pointers in their trade.

4.You could write a book!

5. If not that you could write an article about your trip for a journal back home.

6. You could write a blog about your stay in Jaipur from your personal point of view.

7. You could get involved with a charity in Jaipur, there are lot of reputable ones around.

8.You could take classes in teaching your mother tongue to the young folk of Jaipur.

9. If books are your forte you could help out at the Jaipur Literature Festival and meet writers galore!

10. If you still want to travel some more there are places  near by which you can visit for a day or two and return to Jaipur. Here is a list.

11.You could learn to dance a local dance like kathak.

12. You could learn to play a local musical instrument like sitar or harmonium.

13. You could teach the young folk of Jaipur how to do some popular western dances you might be proficient at.

14. You could hire a Royal Enfield Motorcycle and explore the nearby villages.

15. You could hire a bi-cycle to explore the city.

16. You could make videos of your daily life to put up on www.youtube.com

17. You could start a 365 day  photo project to post  still photos of your daily round to  www.photoblog.com a photo blogging website.

18. If you are learning hindi and like movies you could watch a hindi  Bollywood movie everyday. It will improve your hindi & who knows you might fall in love with the song and dance in the hindi movies.

19. You could help manage a hotel or guesthouse catering to foreign tourists.

20. You could learn to fly kites the way Indians do. It is a very addictive past time.

21. You could make Indian friends. They will welcome you in their lives!

22. If you are a Motorsport enthusiast you can go for weekly Off The Road (OTRs).

23. You could race bikes on a dirt track.

24. You could do social service in an old age home or a hospice.

25. You could teach your local cuisine to the young ladies of Jaipur.

26. You could read the Hindu scriptures, Ramayan & Mahabharat.

27. You could do a course at the Jaipur Vipassana Centre

28. You could visit the local fairs and festivals taking place round the year.

29. You could take long early morning walks in the hills surrounding Jaipur.

30. You could try out all the heritage liquors available in the local market and find out the ingredients used, the legends associated with the liquor and the family history of  the house to which the liquor recipe belongs to.

31.You could learn to play Polo. Or learn horse riding. Or you could watch Polo matches during the Polo season.

32. You could buy a book detailing the birds of north India and go birding in the parks and the hills and lakes surrounding Jaipur.

33. You could reaffirm your marriage vows according to hindu customs in a local temple. Or you could have a grand affair and get married again in a Rajput wedding ceremony and have your friends flown in to witness the ceremony at one of the heritage hotels.

34. You could honey moon at the luxurious  Rambagh Palace or at the Rajvilas Hotel.

If I have missed an activity please fell free to add it in your comments to this post. I will be glad to add it to the list.

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A Labour of Love!

The HallShree Hanuman ji

According to the information passed down over the years  the  Pujari ji of  The Hanuman Temple in Dhuleshwar Garden,C-Scheme, believes it to be some 500 years old. He says he   remembers it as a big chabutra with a neem tree, a room for the idol and a kitchen. Under the soothing  shadow of a huge peepul tree and the grace of the Gods worshiped here  and the patronage of the devotees  this temple has grown into a thing of beauty and not just only  a place of worship. The building has been newly done up with marble flooring and marble platform around the idols. Idols are surrounded by carved marble Jalis. Besides all this a  local painter, a Hanuman devotee,  has painted the whole building of the Temple with very pleasing and intricate murals. There are  gold, red, green, white, pink and blue colors making intricate flowers and petals on the roof, pillars, windows of the temple. The artist has also depicted in wall paintings scenes from Ramayan.   There is also a jhoomar  in the center of the ceiling illuminating the whole room and the lovingly done up art work. Idols of Shri Ram, Sita Ji and Lakshman Ji and the Idols of Shivji  and Parvati ji and a Shiv ling are also there in the Temple.

Drawings-1

Drawings-2

Painted coulmns

Design in the Floor

Window

Painted ceiling

Some other Hanuman Temples of note in Jaipur are:

The Chitthi wale Hanuman Ji  on Sardar Patel Marg, Opposite the PMG office.

Chandpole wale Hanumanji, in the Chandpole Bazar.

There are Two Temples of Hanumanji opposite each other in the entrance to the  Johri Bazar .

There is the Kala Hanuman Mandir Near the now defunct Ram Praksh Cinema Hall.

There is another very old Hanuman Mandir opposite the Ganesh Mandir on Moti Doongri near Birla Mandir.

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Beautification Of The Streets Of Jaipur

Peacock Garden

In any modern city you will see  ugly places left over by modern flyovers or circles made to regulate traffic. They are inevitable by product of modernization. A consequence of a large number of people living together.It has become so that we do not notice the eyesores  any more.   For some time now the Government of Rajasthan and JDA (Jaipur Development Authority) have been going to great lengths  to beautify these eyesores. They  can not get rid of them but they can hide them a little. They can divert the attention of the public from something ugly to a thing of beauty, a work of art.  They have had the walls of flyover painted with traditional paintings, on  some mural have been put , on some mandanas have been painted. On the island made by the circles they have put up sculptures depicting rajasthani  culture.

The Peacock Garden in Malvea Nagar was one of the first space left over by the flyover to be beautified by having a garden developed and mandanas painted and carved stone chatris with sculptures of  life size  peacocks made of fiber installed.The peacock sculptures have been made by Mr.Raj Kumar Pandit who is based in Jaipur.

In continuation of this trend JDA has earmarked other circles to install sculptures at. The circles earmarked are near Lakshmi Mandir, near Rajmahal and in front of BJP office on Sardar Patel Marg. There will be 31 statue of metal made from a mixture of 8 metalas (Ashta  dhatu). The themes will be rajasthani dress, Jaipur festival and Holi dance. They will cost about rupees 1.5 crores.

These efforts are laudable. But people have defaced the painted walls where they could reach them and  there have been instances of statues being stolen. These statues are works of art and valuable public property. In my opinion the JDA  is  justified in guarding them. Maybe they ought  to  have them insured for what they are,works of art, and to put the onus of their safety on the insurance company.The cost  will be justified too  as works of art appreciate over time.

The Peacock sculpture, Chatri & the mandanas painted on the flyover.

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Jaipur Blue

Sawai Jai Singh Ji I brought the art of Blue Pottery to Jaipur in 1727 and Sawai Ram Singh ji II patronized the art  and Rajmata Gayatri Devi revived the art in 1960s before it could fade away. Today Blue Pottery of Jaipur has come a long way with the help of government organizations like RUDA (Rural Non Farm Agency),Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI),  non government agencies,artists,artisans,and businesses like Neerja International and the ordinary people for whom the charm of Jaipur Blue has endured over the years.Due to the efforts of all these people Blue pottery of Jaipur  has been granted Geographical Indication (GI) status under the GI Act by the GI Registry in Chennai. This status comes with a unique Registered  Logo with which all blue pottery produced in the Jaipur District will be branded.

Some 400 families in Jaipur and nearby villages like Sanganer, nevta, Muhana, Mahalan and Kotjewar  are actively involved in producing these art works. The body is completely hand made by Quartz and normal glass and the designs are sketched by hand before being colored in by specially developed colors which do not fade with use. Cobalt oxide produces the blue color. Jaipur climate is uniquely suited for producing this variety of pottery.Now a days according to WTO guidelines  100% lead free pottery is being produced. So the Jaipur Blue item can be put to day to day use.

There is no doubt that Jaipur Blue pottery items are works of art because artists like Ms.Meenakshi Rathore and Mr.Prabhu Dayal Yadav are depicting scenes from the lives of  Lord Budha and Mahaveer Swami and the local folk stories.

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Pabu ji

The life and times of the warrior Saint of Rathores,Pabu ji, are stuff legends are made of.It is believed that he sacrificed his life to honour his word given to a Charan woman from whom he had borrowed a horse when he was on his way to his marriage. On her plea, true to his word he left his marriage halfway to protect her cattle from a neighboring clan. As fate would have it he paid with ultimate sacrifice. The bards all across rajasthan have sung of his life and legend for generations.He inspired the local artists to paint the tales of his life and legend in the form of a scroll of canvas which is treated with wheat starch and painted upon in red,green,blue,brown and black. With these five colors the artist boldly sketches the folk tales of Pabu ji and the local bards use these paintings known as, Pabuji ki Phad ,to help narrate the tales.These paintings are sold all over Rajasthan now a days and made in Chittaurgarh and Shahpura near Bhilwara.Only one family is engaged in this art form now a days in Shahpura(Bhilwara).

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