Travel Photo Jaipur At Maharaja School Of Arts & Crafts

Travel Photo Jaipur is an open-air exhibition that takes place every year in Jan-Feb over a period of two weeks. It features pictures in large frames at various historical monuments in Jaipur. To read more about it head to Travel Photo Jaipur/ Photography Festival Part I.  A display of old travel postcards in large poster sizes was organized at Maharaja School of Arts and crafts, Kishanpole bazaar, Jaipur on 5th-6th Feb 2016. It was curated by Akshay Mahajan, an artist from Mumbai. The building was later converted into the Museum Of Legacies. You read my in-depth post on the same here- Museum Of Legacies | Adaptive use of Havelis


To read part 1 click here


Travel Photo Jaipur

The beautiful heritage building of Maharajah School of Arts & crafts dates back 150 years, the venue of the travel postcard exhibition for the Travel Photo festival in Jaipur.

Akshay Mahajan has been collecting old travel postcards, many of them dating back to the pre-independence era.

Akshay Mahajan. At Travel Photo Jaipur festival, Kishanpole Bazar, Jaipur

About the venue – Maharaja School of Arts & Crafts

He was quite fixed on this venue from the day, the idea of this festival was proposed to him. Maharajah school of arts & craft building, the venue for this exhibition has been closed to the public for the last few years. This building is more than 150 years old. Originally, a residence of an influential rich minister in Jaipur court, it was converted to the school of arts and crafts to promote local art, under the patronage of Maharajah Sawai Ram Singh II.


The Postcards at Maharaja School of Arts & Craft

Akshay Mahajan used an open courtyard inside this building to display enlarged travel postcards. Prominently, on display was French series of Indian travel postcards, dating to the early 1900s.

Travel postcards displayed at Maharajah School of Arts and craft At Travel Photo Jaipur festival 2016
Visitors at the Photo Exhibition of Akshay Mahajan at Maharaja School of Arts & crafts, Kishanpole Bazar, Jaipur.
Close-up shot of enlarged copies of Travel Postcard prints. Travel Photo Jaipur Festival, Jaipur 2016

Maharaja School of Art & Craft also known now as the Museum Of Legacies was unkempt as it has been closed for a long time. It was opened up to host Akshay’s exhibition. Years of negligence & lack of maintenance were evident.

Inside Maharajah school of arts & crafts, Kishanpole Bazar Jaipur.
Xerox of travel postcards on display at Travel Photo Jaipur festival 2016
Some more copies of travel postcards.

Akshay Mahajan was sporting a loose Kurta & Pajama paired with a woolen sleeveless Nehru jacket. It’s a dress synonymous with Indian artists and journalists.

Akshay Mahajan showed around his collection to the visitors.
One of the visitors, flipping through Akshay’s personal collection of rare travel postcards.

Akshay was kind enough to offer visitors his original & rare collection of travel postcards.

Akshay stamped out copies of original travel postcards meant for sale to the visitors.

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Akshay Mahajan, posing with few local boys. Travel Photo Jaipur festival 2016

Few old travel postcards. At Travel Photo Jaipur 2016 festival
Travel Postcards for sale at Travel Photo Jaipur 2016.

Travel Photo Jaipur is a new contemporary festival that Rajasthan Government wants to promote, in line with their new tourism campaign kick-started recently. It is interesting to meet & interact with people like Akshay Mahajan and gain a new perspective. At the time, this was the first time I was able to venture inside the historic building of the Rajasthan School of Arts & Crafts. It was previously called Madarsa E Hunar or Pandit Shivdeen Ki Haveli.


136 thoughts on “Travel Photo Jaipur At Maharaja School Of Arts & Crafts

  1. Wow! How creative. Certainly an interesting initiative worth promoting. Thanks for sharing these photographs and giving us a glimpse into the festival. 🙂

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    1. I think we need to promote & support new initiatives. More so, when the people are working hard, without any monetary benefit. Happy to know that you liked the idea! Do share it across on your social media, if you think this will interest any of your connection. 🙂

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  2. This is such a cool idea. I love it! It makes me wonder about the postcard’s history. Who sent it? Who received it? What was the message? Boy, I can think of many story ideas that could result from looking at old postcards. Hmmm… is taking shape and starting to brew right now! LOL! Awesome pics as well, Arv. You definitely have a great eye!

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    1. Lisa, you seem to be really good at cooking new ideas… especially for the blog! I really have no clue but I’m sure it is an interesting subject.
      I’m happy that you are thinking of writing a blog post on this subject! I’ll look forward to reading whenever you write. Do tag me whenever it’s “cooked” and ready to “serve”!

      Thanks for the visit and appreciation, Lisa! 🙂

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  3. I really love this post and photos are stunning! It’s really wonderful that you get to attend these meets with other bloggers and share experiences. Looking forward to doing this someday!


    1. I’m glad you found it interesting.
      I found your comment in spam folder because of the link you inserted. I had to delete your link to remove it from the spam folder.


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