Jaipur Art Summit concluded recently at Ravindra Manch, Jaipur. Jaipur Art Summit is one of the new age contemporary art festivals in Jaipur. Jaipur Art Summit provides a strong boost to the art and culture in Jaipur which is quite active. Ravindra Manch was once a popular venue in Jaipur for theater and drama, but it fell out over the years because of various reasons. The authorities are revamping the entire place with the renovation activity and new investment in the setup. The facade of the Ravindra Manch reminds us of the building designs prevalent during the late sixties and seventies.
You can check up on the last year’s summit here in this post, Jaipur Art Summit/Art lovers congregate in pink City
The moment one enters the venue, this Kathputli (puppet) installation under the tree grabs your attention.
Puppets are a popular souvenir the tourist carries from Rajasthan. This installation by Vrinda Haldia and Umakant Meena conveys the message of women empowerment.
This puppet with an iPhone is a felicitation of women and Rajasthani Art & culture. The large size of puppets symbolizes generosity, dedication, independence, confidence and sacrificing nature of women. As for an iPhone, it conveys the message that if given a chance, women can outperform everywhere, be it home or workplace.
The smaller puppets symbolize the advancements made by women in various fields like sports, workspace, art and culture and so on. All these puppets have been named after the famous women who have made their marks in various fields be it politics, armed forces or space.
In one of the sections, there was a painting and artifact exhibition. It included interesting stuff and art installation too.
I found the installation “Fly away pollen, Spread the beauty” by the famous artist Mr. Gopal Namjoshi made using scrap and daily products like spark plugs, ball bearing, acrylic, locks very interesting. It draws attention to the various types of insects on the planet Earth, which form a very important part of our ecosystem.
In another section, many artists from abroad were performing a live demonstration of art from their country. There were artists from Iran, Azerbaijan, Sudan, Afghanistan, China and so on.
Among the important art installations were two installations from Ms. Kanika Bawa, who holds the Limca Book of Record under Made In India platform. The first one was the largest Kolhapuri Chappals and included a 10’6″ and 8’6″ installations.
She tries to draw attention to this otherwise fading industry of the handmade Kolhapuri Chappals.
The second installation was the largest Kathakali chair, dedicated to the ancient dance of India, Kathakali. This Kathakali chair is 10’6″ tall.
The day wound up with an impressive performance of Than-Ta which is a cultural war art from the state of Manipur, India. The traditional name of Thang-Ta is Huyel Langlon, the martial art of Manipur.
I’m posting two videos that depict the heritage martial art of Thang-Ta in a better way than pictures. Do watch both these videos.
Here are some more pictures from Jaipur Art Summit.
Even the effect of the recent Demonetization of high-value Indian currency notes was visible at Jaipur Art Summit. Artists take of the Demonetization in India