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 the 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 Maharajah school of Arts crafts, Kishanpole bazar, Jaipur on 5th-6th Feb 2016. It was curated by Akshay Mahajan, an artist from Mumbai.
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Akshay Mahajan has been collecting old travel postcards, many of them dating back to the pre-independence era.
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 for the public during 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.
Akshay Mahajan used an open courtyard inside this building to display enlarged travel postcards. Prominently, on display was French series of India travel postcards, dating to the early 1900s.
The place 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 was evident.
Akshay Mahajan was sporting a loose Kurta & Pajama paired with a woolen sleeveless Nehru jacket. It’s a dressing synonymous with Indian artists and journalists.
Akshay was kind enough to offer visitors his original & rare collection of travel postcards.
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.