Elephant Parade recently concluded at the Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur as a follow-up event to Travels to My Elephant race. It is an initiative to save elephants by donating proceeds from collections to The Elephants Family, UK-based NGO. Travels to My Elephant race involves a journey through Indian roads in painted auto-rickshaws, vintage jeeps, and Royal Enfield bikes. While I have not seen this rally, but I had the privilege to witness another one. Rickshaw Run! Rickshaw Run is UK-based. Looks like Travels to My Elephant is inspired by the Rickshaw Run.
This is what Elephant Parade is as per their website:
Elephant Parade is a social enterprise and runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues. Created by artists and celebrities, each Elephant Parade statue is a unique art piece. The life-size, baby elephant statues are exhibited in international cities and raise awareness for the need of elephant conservation. Limited edition, handcrafted replicas and a select range of products are created from the exhibition elephants. 20% of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects.
Baby size elephants made of polyester resins were hand-painted by select artists and displayed as a pop-up exhibition at Albert Hall museum in Jaipur.
If you haven’t heard or seen the Albert Hall Museum, here are two pictures of Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur. Albert Hall is an incredibly beautiful building built in Indo-Saracenic architectural style incorporating Mughal, Rajput and Gothic influences. Of all the things on display, Albert Hall Museum is famous for a 2300-year-old Egyptian mummy. It is one of the six Indian museums with an Egyptian mummy.
Featured artists include Dilip Sharma, Seema Kohli, Hanif Qureshi, Kalyan Joshi, and famous fashion designer Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla.
Out of 101 elephants created for Elephant Parade, 22 elephants were on display at Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur. British Council and Prince Charles are also associated with Elephant Parade. After the temporary exhibition in Jaipur elephants were showcased in a similar manner in Delhi and Mumbai. Prince Charles unveiled the Elephant Parade in New Delhi.
Each of these baby elephants is unique and has some story behind its design.
Here is a creation by artist Dilip Sharma which is inspired by Indian floral motifs used extensively in carpets and fabrics.
This elephant has influence of Tanjore style of painting from Tamil Nadu, India.
Tribal art by Lado Bai on one of the elephants. Lado Bai is a Bhil artist from Madhya Pradesh, India.
Some tourists were curious as to what this was all about since Elephant Parade was at the front lawn of Albert Hall museum. Albert hall museum is a very popular tourist attraction among domestic tourists.
Some tourists found these elephants perfect for their social media profile pictures.
On a personal note, such events are unnecessary to save elephants. The impression one gets is that this rally is about driving and experiencing a tuk-tuk in an “exotic” land. It is promoted as the adventure event, driven by strong marketing as well as page 3 events! It’s not about saving elephants. The organization proudly proclaims that 20% of profit is contributed towards saving Asian elephants! What about 80% of profits? Why a minuscule percentage is donated when the organization took birth for saving elephants? It sounds like smart business acumen to make quick money. Making money is easier when you attach a social cause! No one minds paying! I am doubtful if at all something conclusive is being done to save animals.
Elephant Parade India showcased beautiful art on elephants created by popular & famous Indian artists and designers. Indian motifs and art styles transformed resin elephants into beautiful art pieces. What do you think?
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