Jaipur Art Summit 2016 | Snapshots

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.

Jaipur Art Summit at Ravindra Manch, Jaipur


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.

Puppet Installation on women empowerment. Jaipur Art Summit

Puppets are a popular souvenir the tourist carries from Rajasthan. This installation by Vrinda Haldia and Umakant Meena conveys the message of women empowerment.

Kathputli with an iPhone. Jaipur Art Summit

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.

Installation on Women Empowerment by Vrinda Haldia and Umakant Meena at Jaipur Art Summit

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.

Paintings and Artifacts in one of the galleries at Jaipur Art Summit.


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.

Fly Away Pollen, Spread the beauty by Mr. Gopal Namjoshi. Jaipur Art Summit
Visitors admiring installation by Mr. Gopal Namjoshi. Jaipur Art Summit


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.

Visitors at Live demonstration of International arts. Jaipur Art Summit
Artist from Iran giving shape to creativity. Jaipur Art Summit
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Beautiful creations from Iran. Jaipur Art Summit
Artists demonstrating Woodblock art from China. Jaipur Art Summit


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.

Largest Kolhapuri Chhapals in the world installation by Ms. Kanika Bawa. Jaipur Art Summit


She tries to draw attention to this otherwise fading industry of the handmade Kolhapuri Chappals.

Another view of Kolhapuri Chhapals at Jaipur Art Summit


The second installation was the largest Kathakali chair, dedicated to the ancient dance of India, Kathakali. This Kathakali chair is 10’6″ tall.

Kathakali Chair installation by Ms. Kanika Bawa at Jaipur Art Summit

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.




Thang-Ta, a traditional martial art from Manipur, India. Jaipur Art Summit

Here are some more pictures from Jaipur Art Summit.

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Live Sketching and painting of portrait at Jaipur Art Summit
Creations on display by a Rajasthani artist of Hindu Gods and deities at Jaipur Art Summit
Students hanging out at Jaipur Art Summit
Tools used by an artist during the live demonstration of Chinese Wood Block. 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


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Paintbrushes for sale at Jaipur Art Summit.


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119 thoughts on “Jaipur Art Summit 2016 | Snapshots

      1. Not everyone is visual person Cornelia, so congrats! you can beauty even in normal things. Good to know about the wedding, must have been fun but must have been freezing at the same time!


    1. Raghav, JLF although has become immensely popular but at the same time it’s in negative news as well, largely because its now a lifestyle fest rather than a pure lit fest. Therefore, the premises are cramped and its almost impossible to find a seat in case of a popular writer or scoial figures. Luckily, these kind of shows are a breather. I’m happy that there were only limited people around, only those who were really interested in art. Have you attended JLF, ever?

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      1. I agree. I’ve come very close to attending it and every year hope that it will be something I’ll do but then I see the speakers, notice the discussion topics, and as you said because it’s more of a “lifestyle” (and I’ll add current affairs, political) festival, I give up on it. Plus the crowds are just too much for me.

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      2. I agree… It’s best not to visit on Sat and Sun when JLF authorities line up talk shows of the most famous personas. Everything goes out of control.I’ll choose to side with you on your decision to stay away from JLF Raghav. 🙂

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  1. Beautiful Art! I just loved the elephant ( I have a small collection) and the insects! neat! I have a Fly on my washroom wall that is made of very tiny computer parts (I glued it to the wall ) ! I just loved the tiles and designs!
    Great post Arv!! 😉 T.

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    1. Wow! Good to know that you are an art and artifact connoisseur, Teresa. The elephant in brass looks interesting but yes the insect assembly steals the show. It is really needs a creative mind. The fly you mentioned sounds interesting and I would love to see its pictures. 🙂

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    1. Mick, the place was buzzing with the activity. Even though I have lot more pictures to show but I think we need to draw the line somewhere. I also missed some sections due to paucity of time. But what I experienced was quite amazing. I hope you saw those two videos, I posted. Yes the Iranian art of khatamkari is superb. 🙂

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  2. Arv! There is so much beauty in all of these photos and the 2 videos! 🙂 The colors are outstanding, I just love all of them and the Iranian art is quite impressive too. It’s really great you can share the Jaipur festivals here on your blog, what a beautiful city with amazing culture. 🙂

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    1. Jennifer, its great to know that you liked JAF. There are many more fests here like Film fest and Theater fest… But I choose to write about on select few. The Iranian art is actually an ancient art and it was presented by a professor who teaches and practices it in a University in Iran. Thank You for sharing your thoughts here Jennifer 🙂

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  3. I liked how art work from different regions of India (not just from Jaipur) and countries as far away as China and Iran has been presented in the 2016 at the Jaipur Art Summit. Thank you also for sharing these lovely photos, Arv!

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    1. It’s always good to have some amalgamation. Over the last 600-700 years, Indian art has continued to be enriched by other countries. Artists from middle east were brought in by the invaders & rulers. In globalized world, it’s a natural outcome now. Thank you for sharing your views. 🙂

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  4. Just amazing! The iPhone puppet is interesting! The art from Iran is absolutely stunning! Rajasthan & Jaipur in my view are places that are bursting with art & vibrancy! The colours , the patterns, everything! The picture of the messy palette & the countless brushes are my favourite!
    Also, I was one of those tourists who brought back the puppets as a prized souvenir:)

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    1. Oh! You did? Even I found these two pictures interesting.
      I guess tourists and visitors love the color, culture and art from Rajasthan. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here Divya! 🙂

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  5. It certainly looks an exciting and colourful event, arv, as well as being very entertaining and educational. There are so many wonderful creations! The huge puppets are are a great way to draw attention to the empowerment of women, and I can only hope the message hit home with people. The martial arts in the videos display such skill, and I can’t help imagining that performers like those would be in demand for “action movies”! 😀


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