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
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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.
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.
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.
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 was kind enough to offer visitors his original & rare collection of travel postcards.
Akshay Mahajan, posing with few local boys. Travel Photo Jaipur festival 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.