“Hamari sanskriti hamari virasat”
Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal is a place out of the western ordeals; else it is an intrusion into the simple, calm life of early styles. It is not just a place where exceptionally unique things are well-laid but, is a way to express, to inform and to recognize the society about the unique culture, the heritage, the exquisite art and music, the customaries of a proud land. An interesting tribal art collection will fill you with intrigue. It was pioneered in the year 1952 by Padma Shri Devilal Samar . It is situated at the north of Chetak Circle, Panch Batti near Mohta Park in lieu of the place where it was initially started at a rented hall and gradually in year 1959 was translocated to this place.
The main objective of the Institute is to facilitate a systematic study of endangered art forms, to conduct studies on folk culture and to collect various things related to folk culture using the medium of museum. Its main aim is to accelerate research in folkloristic, to popularize folk arts and to update traditional culture.
This Indian folk art museum displays a rich collection of folk dresses, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. Museum here portrays the remarkable collection of art works gathered by the Lok Kala Mandal over the straddling 44 years. It is the outcome of the work of many devotees who undertook the initiative to revive the vanishing folk culture and with the sole intention of preserving the culture and art of Udaipur and other Rajasthani cities. The entrance hall of Museum displays theater objects and a portrait of Shri Devilal Samar. The other rooms display an impressive collection of tribal folk art, musical instruments, ornaments and a collection of wood made sculptures and things related to rajasthani culture such as Mor Chopad, Toran, Hindola, Khandas, Isar Gangor, Manak Thamb, Bajot etc. The henna handprints, the terracotta shrines and the colored decorative pieces made out of cow dung floors are delicate. These come from the village Molela near Nathdwara. A visit to this museum brings one close to the tradition of our culture. The combined program entrance fee is Rs 60/- (locals) or Rs 95 /- (foreigners) per person. Camera fee is Rs 10/- and video-cameras are charged Rs 50/-. It is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
The reason for the institute for being a full fledged center is the surveys conducted so as to trace the fine artist and artisans and audio visual documentation are done to identify different arts forms from vivid tribal zones. Six famous folk forms of Rajasthan are shown in different theaters of a room in the museum. They are Ramleela, Bhavai, Gavri, Raasleela, Turrakalangi and Anshraas. Regular training courses also aim at an extension of these art and cultural forms beyond the caste format to ensure their continuance in an emancipated environment. This place is a best place for those scholars and students who are interested in research work of culture and traditional art of Rajasthan. The artisans are made familiar to developed technology to improve their crafts. The institute also conducts courses in rural communication. It conducts campaigns to promote conservation of the environment in rural areas.
Centre Of Puppet Performance
India has a tradition of about 2000 years in puppetry and Rajasthan is the birth place of Indian puppetry. The center has a puppet unit that trains students and teachers in the art of puppetry. Puppets came from a celestial body to entertain masses and regular performances are held in the institute, which run for about 15 minutes. It narrates the historic tales and saga of the great warriors and rulers. The institute also offers courses in puppetry.
A group of 25 artistes go on tour, both within India and abroad with a repertoire of puppet shows and various folk dances. The institute has forged at their best to make it a bench mark at an international level.
Folk Dance Repertory
This entices us to the Indian folk art, where girls with glittering attire and wheatish complexion perform and the musicians in their patterned turbans are blending the dance with the sagas of warriors. Dances like- Garba, Bhavi, Tertali, Kalbelia, Sasariya, Ghoomar, Tippani-Dandiarass, Dang Lila, Gorbandh etc. are part of its repertoire. The old stories from the Indian mythology are re enacted by these folk artisans. In this vicinity true culture could be easily sketched out. Evening programs costs Rs. 40 (prices subject to change).
It is an initiative to promote and propagate the culture, where it really stands as a true custodian of tradition.