MMCF organising International Art Workshop followed by Exhibitions

Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) in the City Palace of Udaipur is preserving the tangible and intangible ‘living heritage’ of Mewar since 1969. Now in its fifth decade of operations, MMCF is sustaining its responsibility towards humanity and has invested in four key areas: heritage preservation, education, eco-conservation and philanthropy. Through a series of comprehensive and informed initiatives, we have been positively impacting the lives of a sizeable section of the heritage-city’s population.
MMCF, MMCF UDAIPURThe 3rd World Living Heritage Festival (WLHF) – 2016 organised by MMCF is scheduled to be inaugurated from October 2015 with an International Art Workshop in Udaipur. This will be followed by a series of programmes/ activities to culminate with the international conference in March 2016.

This autumn MMCF has invited the world renowned artist, painter and mentor Mr. Rob Vander Zee from Vander Zee School of Art, Washington DC, United States of America and Ms. Sujata Dere a well known and acclaimed artist from India to conduct an International Art Workshop followed by Painting Exhibition, of these art works, for talented artists in Udaipur. The main objective is to encourage them to bring a new flamboyance, to nurture the hidden creativity of the artists by providing them an International exposure by several new modern techniques and giving them an opportunity to challenge themselves to attain a higher level of expression in pursuit of their art at the International Art workshop being organised by The City Palace Museum, Udaipur, Rajasthan at Sabha Shiromani Ka Darikhana, from 12th to 19th October, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm.

At the end of the workshop, MMCF will organize an exhibition of these paintings created during the workshop at The City Palace Museum, Udaipur from 21 – 24 October 2015 and India Habitat Centre in 1st week of November 2015. The Udaipur exhibition will be inaugurated on 21st October, 2015 at Chhota Darikhana, The City Palace, Udaipur at 6 pm and this Exhibition will continue from 22nd to 24th October, 2015 from 10 am to 4 pm.

In continuation 30 artists had called with their detailed portfolio which contain sample of their work to us for the pre-selection process for the workshop at The City Palace, Udaipur.

Artists Profile: 

Mr. Rob Vander Zee, USA. Website:

He is an internationally acclaimed artist, but more importantly, he is an excellent teacher who has mentored many artists’ and honed their skills to a very high degree. Rob is the founder and President of the Vander Zee Foundation, an organization designed to promote art education and facilitate the process of artists moving from amateur to professional capabilities. Rob runs one of the very few schools in the country that works with each individual student to teach them the painting skills they need, helps them develop their marketing packages and business skills, as well as making introductions to galleries and other art venues.

Ms. Sujata Dere, New Delhi. Website:

She graduated from the prestigious Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1979 and won an award in the Maharashtra State Art Exhibition in the same year. She works in mixed media on archival paper, using layers of dry and wet materials, working with aqaurellable pencils, gesso, acrylic paint and conte; using thick and thin lines and bold strokes. Widely travelled in India and abroad, she has been interacting with a wide range of artists, including local artists in Rajasthan and MP; helping them hone their skills. Sujata’s works have been showcased in many significant exhibitions and have won both critical and popular acclaim.


Durbar Hall

The Leadership Summit 2014 hosted at IIM Udaipur

Indian Institute Management Udaipurhosted the third edition of its annual flagship event, The Leadership Summit 2014 on 23rd August, 2014 at the Durbar Hall, City Palace, Udaipur.

Durbar Hall

The Leadership Summit is a student-driven initiative which is organized by the Media and Industry Cell (MiiC) of IIMU. The event serves as a platform for corporate leaders to share their opinions and views on select themes through diverse engaging panel discussions. The panelists comprise of distinguished leaders from industries and academia. The objective of the summit is to get unique insights from the leaders and get to understand the direction in which the economies, corporate policy making and businesses are heading viz-a-viz globalization and competition.The first two editions of The Leadership Summit have been immensely successful.

The Leadership Summit 2014 hosted at IIM Udaipur

The umbrella theme for the Leadership Summit 2014 was “RETHINK: A paradigm shift in the Leadership Trends of India“.

The event began with a Welcome Address by Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIM Udaipur. Prof. Shah laid emphasis on the initiatives on which the institute has a strong focus such as Immersion, Research, Analytics, Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility.

The Leadership Summit 2014 hosted at IIM Udaipur

Dr. V RaghunathanCEO, GMR Varalakshmi Foundation & Ex-President, ING Vysya Bank served as the Chief Guest in the event. Mr. Puneet DalmiaMD, Dalmia Group of Industries was the Keynote Speaker. Both the leaders laid emphasis on the need of a social purpose behind every leadership initiative.

The event had three student moderated panel discussions with sub-themes and panelists as following:

Theme 1: Rethink Approach: How to think, act and lead in this era of Globalization?

Mr. Balaji R. Narayanswamy, General Manager, Mindtree

Mr. Sukanti Ghosh – Member of Global Management Committee, APCO Worldwide

Mr. Vishal Mathur – VP Sales,Eicher Motors

Theme 2: Rethink Boundaries: Can we learn Leadership from boundaries beyond corporate world?

Mr. Ramkumar – Executive Director, ICICI Bank Limited

Mr. Praveen Mathur – Major General (Retd.)& Advisor, Director General Hydrocarbons, Ministry of Petroleum

Mr. M P Vasimalai –IIMA Alumnus & Founder, DHAN Foundation

Mr. Kalyan S. Bose – Senior Volunteer, SPIC MACAY

Theme 3: Rethink Convention: Women in Leadership Roles – Changing the rules of the game!

Ms. Arnabi Marjit – GM-HR, Lupin Pharma

Ms. Namrata Gill – VP, Organizational Development and Talent Management, Mahindra and Mahindra

Ms. Neelima Khetan – GM, Sustainability and CSR, Coca-Cola India

The event also saw aspecial segment on Big Ideas Session delivered by Mr. Sanjay Panigrahi – CEO, Sahaj e Village Ltd. who spoke largely on the Rural India and the potential of management principles application in the sector.

The event received very good response and concluded with felicitation of the speakers and vote of thanks. The event is a student driven initiative of IIM Udaipur which aims to bring the business community of Udaipur, global leaders, faculty and students of IIMU on a common platform where they can exchange knowledge and insights and work towards establishing possible future sustainable partnerships.


Vedanta Group served as the Title Sponsor of the event while Wonder Cement as the Associate Sponsor of the event. Along with them, many other organizations came forward to extend their help in organizing this event. The other sponsors of the event are:

Media Partner: Rajasthan Patrika
Magazine Partner: The City Angle – Lifestlye Magazine
Co-Sponsor: Eve’s Corporate Channels India Private Limited
Organizational Partner: UCCI
Printing Partner: Lucky Offset Printers
Supporting Sponsors: Aravali Minerals &Chemical Industries Private Limited and Shree Rajasthan Syntex Limited
Mall Partner: Lake City Mall