Here’s Everything about Shilpgram Utsav 2018

Shilpgram Utsav has been the most awaited festival for not just the locals of Udaipur but also for the tourists flocking to the city. And there’s absolutely no reason to not get enticed with this cultural fiesta.

Source: Udaipur Tourism

Shilpgram Utsav is a 10-day long fête which showcases the art and culture of different parts of the country through various performances, exhibitions, and artistry. The Utsav is organized by West Zone Cultural center and since the year 1991, the event is organized every year by the end of December. The festival has become one of the most popular and admired cultural festivals of the city.

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Throughout the 10 days of the event, cultural performances which include various craftsmen and artisans from all over the country showcase their talents during the cultural program which takes place every day in the evening. A vibrant bazaar for all the shopaholics is set up that starts around 12 noon which includes mouthwatering traditional food such as ‘Makki ki papdi, Makki ki raab, nutty milk, etc. along with handloom, handicraft, jute, silk, pashmina, pure wool, Kashmiri clothes, and many more attractive items.

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Every year, new elements are being added to the festival. Last year, a special Gavri area was set up with a number of Gavri artists from different regions of the country.

If you happen to be here in Udaipur during this time, Shilpgram fest is definitely a must visit.

Dates – 21 December 2018 to 30th December 2018


Schedule of the Festival

21st December 2018

Langa singers, Dhal Talwar, Ghode Modni, Rathwa, Gotipua, Ghoomar, Natwa, Hozagiri, Baul, Lai Haroba, Sahariya Swang, Samai

22nd December 2018

Langa singers, Dhal Talwar, Ghode Modni, Rathwa, Gotipua, Ghoomar, Natwa, Hozagiri, Panchwadhyam, Tamang Sailo, Baul, Lai Haroba, Sahariya Swang, Samai

23rd December 2018

Langa singers, Dhal Talwar, Ghode Modni, Rathwa, Gotipua, Ghoomar, Natwa, Hozagiri, Panchwadhyam, Tamang Sailo, Baul, Lai Haroba, Sahariya Swang, Samai, Gond Maria, Dhangari gaja

24th December 2018

Langa singers, Dhal Talwar, Ghode Modni, Rathwa, Gotipua, Ghoomar, Natwa, Hozagiri, Panchwadhyam, Tamang Sailo, Baul, Lai Haroba, Sahariya Swang, Samai, Gond Maria, Dhangari gaja, Badhai, Dedhiya

25th December 2018

Langa singers, Dhal Talwar, Ghode Modni, Rathwa, Gotipua, Ghoomar, Natwa, Hozagiri, Panchwadhyam, Tamang Sailo, Baul, Lai Haroba, Sahariya Swang, Samai, Gond Maria, Dhangari gaja, Badhai, Dedhiya, Rauf

26th December 2018

Langa singers, Dhal Talwar, Ghode Modni, Rathwa, Gotipua, Ghoomar, Natwa, Hozagiri, Panchwadhyam, Tamang Sailo, Baul, Lai Haroba, Samai, Gond Maria, Dhangari gaja, Badhai, Dedhiya, Rauf, Thangta stick

27th December 2018

Langa singers, Dhal Talwar, Ghode Modni, Rathwa, Gotipua, Ghoomar, Natwa, Hozagiri, Panchwadhyam, Tamang Sailo, Baul, Lai Haroba, Samai, Gond Maria, Dhangari gaja, Badhai, Dedhiya, Rauf, Thangta stick, sidhi dhamal, Kavdi Kadgam

28th December 2018

Langa singers, Dhal Talwar, Ghode Modni, Rathwa, Gotipua, Ghoomar, Natwa, Hozagiri, Panchwadhyam, Tamang Sailo, Baul, Lai Haroba, Samai, Gond Maria, Dhangari gaja, Badhai, Rauf, Thangta stick, sidhi dhamal, Kavdi Kadgam, Kalbeliya

29th December 2018

Langa singers, Dhal Talwar, Ghode Modni, Rathwa, Gotipua, Ghoomar, Natwa, Hozagiri, Panchwadhyam, Tamang Sailo, Baul, Lai Haroba, Samai, Gond Maria, Dhangari gaja, Badhai, Thangta stick, sidhi dhamal, Kavdi Kadgam, Kalbeliya

30th December 2018

Langa singers, Dhal Talwar, Ghode Modni, Rathwa, Gotipua, Ghoomar, Natwa, Hozagiri, Panchwadhyam, Tamang Sailo, Baul, Lai Haroba, Samai, Gond Maria, Dhangari gaja, Badhai, Thangta stick, sidhi dhamal, Kavdi Kadgam, Kalbeliya

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Museums in Udaipur

Udaipur has a very interesting history and the city is quite different from the rest of the Rajasthan. Udaipur has a great system of lakes, Ahar river passes through the city, and the entire city is encompassed by lush Aravali hills. The terrain, the history, and the culture make the city an amazing one. The relics of the bygone era are preserved in the Museums in Udaipur and is something every local or tourist must pay a visit to.

Here is a list of Museums in Udaipur


City Palace Museum

Source: TripAdvisor

The most celebrated museum in Udaipur is the City Palace Museum, which was set up in 1969 by Maharana Bhagwat Singh ji. It was to preserve the culture, heritage, and traditions of the people of Mewar. The museum contains relics including miniatures paintings, silver artifacts, recreational items of the royals, swords, and artillery and so many antiques.

Timings: 9:30am – 5:30 pm


Adult: Rs 250

Child: Rs 100

Camera: Rs 250

Guide: Rs 250

Audio Guide: Rs 200


Ahar Archeological Museum

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Source: UdaipurBlog

The museum contains copper and terracotta pottery objects that are more than 3000 years old. It also houses sculptures of Hindu gods and ‘tirthankars’ (Great Jain teachers) from the 8th to 16th centuries AD. Here you can see earthen pots, iron objects and other artifacts that were a part of the lifestyle of prehistoric people. Some things are acknowledged to belong to 1700 B.C. Two of the main attractions are the metal statue of Lord Buddha and a statue of “Vishnu-Nag-Nathan” which are a great wonder to watch.

Timings: 10:00 am – 5 pm, Closed on Fridays

Tickets: Rs 20


The Vintage and Classic Car Museum

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Introduced in 2000, the Collection Includes 22 Splendid Cars. You can also have lunch at the adjoining Garden Hotel. Some of the cars are more than 70 years old. The collection embraces Rolls-Royce, MG-TC convertible, Cadillacs, Vauxhall-12, Ford-A Convertible, Mercedes – Benz, Chevrolet bus and other beautiful vintage cars.

Timings: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ticket: Rs. 250


Bagore ki Haveli Museum

museums in udaipur
Source: UdaipurBlog

West Zone Cultural Centre decided to restore as well as renovate Bagore ki Haveli in the year 1992 and set up a museum to restore its architecture. One can find, jewelry boxes, dice-games, hukkahs, pan boxes, nutcrackers, hand fans, rose water sprinklers, copper vessels and other household objects of the everyday life of the bygone era. The museum showcases the chambers of royal ladies, their dressing rooms, bathrooms, living rooms, bedrooms, worship rooms and recreation rooms as well.

Timings: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm


Foreigner (Adult/children): Rs. 100/-

Indian (Adult): Rs. 50/-

Indian Children (Age between 5 to 12): 25/-

Camera/Video: Rs. 50/-


Moti Magri Museummuseums in udaipur

There are paintings of Rajput kings and royal queens and models of the Haldi Ghati Battle and Chittorgarh fort. This museum also contains an exhibition of the arms and weapons used in ancient fights by soldiers. The Pearl hill or Moti Magri is a great spot to visit, overlooking the lake Fatehsagar in the front and Pichola-Swaroop Sagar from the back.

Timings: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm


Adult: Rs 50

Child: Rs 15


The Crystal Gallery

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Source: Rajasthan Tourism

The Gallery contains artifacts created by F. & C. Osler in the year 1877. These are furniture and cutlery, exclusively ordered by the Maharana Sajjan Singh and consist of Crystal chairs, tables, beds, sofas, dinner sets, perfume bottles, decanters, glasses, plates etc. The Maharana died before these crystals arrived so these were kept packed and intact for 110 years. In the year 1994, the gallery became open for public.

Timings: 9 am – 7 pm


Adult: Rs 550

Children: Rs 350


Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal Museum

museums in udaipur
Source: UdaipurBlog

The Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal museum displays a remarkable collection of ‘Lok Kala’ or Folk Art. It was founded by Padma Shri Devi Lal Samar in 1952. The museum houses folk heritage of India, traditional attires, ornaments, miniature paintings and many other art objects. In other words, one can say that the museum is devoted to the culture and folk art of states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat. Artifacts found here consist of wooden articles, old musical instruments paintings, masks, puppets, pottery, rural dresses etc.

Timings: 10 am – 6 pm


Adults: Rs 40 and other tickets include video/audio cameras


Tribal Research Institute Museum (TRI’s)

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Source: UdaipurTimes

It is one of the 18 Tribal Research Institute of the nation. MLV (Manikya Lal Verma) Tribal Research Institute provides awareness about Mewar’s tribal communities. The museum houses artifacts belonging to the tribal communes, along with a library on tribal life and issues. The museum also has multiple household articles, costumes, arms and armors, musical instruments, ethnic art and wall paintings, agricultural implements, grain containers, handicrafts, ornaments and so much more.

Timings: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Tribal Museum Shilpgram

museums in udaipur
Source: TripAdvisor

A tribal museum was set up in 1995 inside Shilpgram. Here history, life, and cultures of the tribal communities like Bhil, Mina, Garasia, Kathodi, and Saharia have been exhibited with the help of photographs and ethnographic objects. Shilpgram or ‘Craftsmen Village’ is an initiative to promote the rural and tribal craftsmen by providing a platform to exhibit and sell their products. Shilpgram has about 26 huts which depict the lifestyle of the rural tribes.

Timings: 11am – 7pm


Indian (adult and child): Rs.30

Foreign visitors: Rs.50


Zonal Anthropological Museum

Out of 19 government museums in the state, Udaipur division has four – situated in Ahar, City Palace, Dungarpur, and Chittorgarh. Udaipurites are lucky to have a special museum at the anthropological survey of India, Western regional center at Pratapnagar inaugurated in March 2018. The popularity of the museum was evident from the fact that it was visited by no less than 9000 persons in the very first year. The diverse ways of life followed by various communities such as Kotwalia, Naika, Varlui, Rebori, Marwara, Meghwal, Rathwara, Tadi, Bhil, Gameti, Ahir and Jat of Gujarat as portrayed in the museum, make it a special one.

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As also communities such as Sahoria, Damor, Bhil, Brahman, Jain, Rajput, Dangi, Bhopa, Jogi, Langa, Lohar, Mangryar, Mudlim, Kumbhar, Prajapat, and Suthar of Rajasthan. Lifestyles of groups such as kali, Patel, Mahyavansh, Mitka, Halpati of Daman and Diu are presented in the museum so as to highlight the different socio-economic milieus with the help of specimens, sketches, charts, maps, and photographs. Specimens exhibited to help in the understanding of various cultural adaptation not only show their exotic appearance but also showcase the biocultural richness of the people of Western India.

Till date, the regional center has collected about 6000 ethnographic objects from different districts of Gujrat and Rajasthan from all communities including tribal. The specimens can be functionally classified as agriculture, hunting, fishing, etc. Bows and arrows, ornaments, musical instruments, crafts, objects, ritual, objects, pre-historical material and so on. The center arranged exhibitions on various themes at a different location such as Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur during Shilpgram Utsav and other occasions.

(Information by Ashok Mathur)


 How many of these have you visited?

‘Honor Killing’ जैसे गम्भीर विषय को नाटक “पुकार” के रूप में दिखाया, शिल्पग्राम की रंगशाला में!

हम ज़िन्दगी में जो भी काम करते हैं उसका फल देर-सवेर हमें मिल ही जाता है।  धर्मराज युधिष्ठिर ने सम्पूर्ण जीवन धर्म और सत्य की रक्षा को समर्पित किया, लेकिन जीवन में सिर्फ़ एक बार, एक अर्धसत्य की वजह से उन्हें भी यह दृश्य (जो कि काल्पनिक रूप में था) दिखाया गया कि उनका परिवार नर्क की निर्मम यातना से गुज़र रहा है। मतलब ज़िन्दगी में चाहे कितने ही अच्छे काम किये हों, लेकिन यदि एक भी बुरा काम किया है तो उसका नतीजा भी हमारे खाते में अवश्य आयेगा। कुछ ऐसा ही हुआ एक गाँव के सरपंच ‘नानका’ के साथ! कहाँ? कब? कैसे? इन सब सवालों का जवाब मिला 7 दिसम्बर, रविवार को, पश्चिम क्षेत्र सांस्कृतिक केंद्र द्वारा आयोजित मासिक नाट्य संध्या “रंगशाला” के तहत, जयपुर के कलाकारों द्वारा मंचित नाटक “पुकार” में!‘Honor Killing’ जैसे गम्भीर विषय को नाटक "पुकार" के रूप में दिखाया, शिल्पग्राम की रंगशाला में!

यह नाटक, राजस्थान की लोक नाट्य शैली- “तमाशा” से प्रेरित है। विशेष तौर पर गीतमय, एवं तुकबंदियों वाले कवितामय संवादों के साथ, मंच पर उपस्थित कलाकारों ने उम्दा अभिनय से प्रस्तुति को सशक्त बनाया। नाटक में मुख्य रूप से “सम्मान के लिये हत्या” (Honor Killing) जैसे गम्भीर और ज्वलन्त विषय को, गहरे और सार्थक कटाक्ष के माध्यम से रेखांकित किया गया, कि किस तरह लोग इज़्ज़त और मर्यादा के नाम पर किसी निर्दोष की साँसें रोकने को राष्ट्रभक्ति समझते हैं। बीच-बीच में दर्शकों को हँसाने, गुदगुदाने के साथ ही समाज की विभिन्न बुराईयों पर गहराई से सोचने पर विवश कर दिया।‘Honor Killing’ जैसे गम्भीर विषय को नाटक "पुकार" के रूप में दिखाया, शिल्पग्राम की रंगशाला में!

नाटक का कथानक कुछ ऐसा है कि एक गाँव का सरपंच, जिसका नाम “नानका” है वह अपने विवाह पर अपनी पत्नी “धानका” को वचन देता है, कि वह हमेशा सत्य का साथ देगा, कभी किसी निर्दोष के साथ अन्याय नहीं होने देगा, और हमेशा गाँव की भलाई के लिये ही कार्य करेगा। कुछ वक़्त बाद धानका अचानक विक्षिप्त/पाग़ल हो जाती है। तब उसे ठीक करने के लिये एक ओझा को बुलाया जाता है। ओझा कहता है, कि धानका की इस हालत का ज़िम्मेदार ख़ुद सरपंच ही है! सरपंच ने कोई ग़लत काम किया है जिसकी वजह से धानका पर ईश्वर का प्रकोप टूटा और वह पाग़ल हो गयी, लेकिन लोग नहीं मानते कि उनके गाँव का रखवाला कुछ बुरा भी कर सकता है। तब ओझा सरपंच से अतीत में उसके द्वारा किये गये कार्यों के बारे में पूछता है, तो एक-एक करके सरपंच बताता है कि कैसे उसने एक विधवा को नयी ज़िन्दगी देने के लिये उसका पुनर्विवाह कराया, दो अबोध बच्चों का विवाह रुकवाया, एक विधवा को नाता प्रथा के तहत अपने ही देवर से ज़बर्दस्ती विवाह के बंधन में बंधने से बचाया! तब ओझा कहता है कि सारे अच्छे कामों के बारे में तो बता दिया, लेकिन जो बुरा किया है उसका क्या??

‘Honor Killing’ जैसे गम्भीर विषय को नाटक "पुकार" के रूप में दिखाया, शिल्पग्राम की रंगशाला में!
तब आख़िरकार सरपंच बताता है, कि एक बार गाँव के एक युवक-युवती ने प्रेम विवाह किया, तो उनके परिवार वाले बहुत ज़्यादा क्रोधित हो गये, कि इन दोनों ने हमारी इज़्ज़त धूल में मिला दी, इन्हें फाँसी की सज़ा दो, जलती हुई भट्टी में झोंक दो। तो सरपंच उस प्रेमी जोड़े को समुदाय और गाँव से बेदख़ल करने की सज़ा सुनाकर उन्हें बचा लेता है। लेकिन यह फ़ैसला उनके परिवारों को स्वीकार नहीं होता, और प्रतिशोध की आग में अंधे होकर वे लोग उन दोनों की हत्या कर पेड़ से लटका देते हैं। –“यह पूरी घटना सरपंच देख रहा होता है, पर ना तो वह उन लोगों को रोकता है, और ना ही किसी अन्य व्यक्ति को इस बारे में बताता है।”–
इस तरह जब सरपंच सबके सामने अपने द्वारा इस एकमात्र ग़लत कार्य का हो जाना स्वीकार करता है, तब होता है एक चमत्कार- धानका पहले की तरह ठीक हो जाती है।‘Honor Killing’ जैसे गम्भीर विषय को नाटक "पुकार" के रूप में दिखाया, शिल्पग्राम की रंगशाला में!

1. जो कलाकार मंच पर रहे- विशाल भट्ट, अन्नपूर्णा शर्मा, अखिल चौधरी, आशुतोष पारीक, तपन भट्ट, शिवेन्द्र शर्मा, रिमझिम, संवाद भट्ट, विष्णु सेन, साक्षात दवे, झिलमिल, मुकेश कुशवाहा, नवीन टेलर, गौरव मीणा, और अभिषेक शर्मा।
2. पर्दे के पीछे वाले जादूगर-
संगीत संचालन- अनुज भट्ट, शैलेन्द्र शर्मा (जिन्होंने तबला, हार्मोनियम, और झाँझ के साथ नाटक में संगीत घोला)

प्रकाश व्यवस्था- शहज़ोर अली (जिन्होंने विभिन्न रंगों के उजाले लेकर, नाटक के दृश्यों, और क़िरदारों के जज़्बातों को और प्रभावी बनाया)

लेखक- तपन भट्ट (जिन्होंने सरल, सार्थक शब्दों के प्रयोग से संवादों को सशक्त और प्रभावी बनाकर इस नाटक को दो दिन में ही निपटा दिया)

निर्देशक- सौरभ भट्ट(जिन्होंने अपनी कल्पना को, बाक़ी सब कलाकारों की कल्पना के साथ विवाह के सूत्र में पिरो दिया)

‘Honor Killing’ जैसे गम्भीर विषय को नाटक "पुकार" के रूप में दिखाया, शिल्पग्राम की रंगशाला में!कुछ ख़ास बातें-

– नाटक में दृश्य परिवर्तन, एवं पूर्व समय (FlashBack) के दृश्यों को दिखाते समय, किसी भी प्रकार के फ़ेड-आउट (मंच पर कुछ पल का अंधेरा, और फिर उजाला) का प्रयोग नहीं किया गया, जिसने निरंतर रूप से दर्शकों को नाटक से जोड़े रखा।‘Honor Killing’ जैसे गम्भीर विषय को नाटक "पुकार" के रूप में दिखाया, शिल्पग्राम की रंगशाला में!

– जब गाँव वाले एक विधवा की दूसरी शादी करने को तैयार नहीं होते, कि इसे जीवन भर अपने पति की याद में अकेले ही रहना होगा, तब सरपंच का यह कहकर विरोध करना, कि अभी तो इसके सामने पूरी ज़िन्दगी पड़ी है, जिसे ख़ुशियों और उम्मीद के रंगों से भरना ही हमारा कर्तव्य है।

– प्रेमी युगल के विवाह के दृश्य में, पण्डित जी द्वारा अपना चश्मा घर पर ही भूल जाने से उत्पन्न परिस्थितियों में, दर्शक हँस-हँस कर लोट-पोट हो जाते हैं।‘Honor Killing’ जैसे गम्भीर विषय को नाटक "पुकार" के रूप में दिखाया, शिल्पग्राम की रंगशाला में!

– बाल विवाह के दृश्य में भी दोनों बच्चे, अपने नटखटपन से पंडित जी की नाक में दम कर देते हैं, और दर्शकों को एक और मौक़ा मिल जाता है ठहाके लगाने का! इसी बीच सरपंच का यह विवाह रुकवाना, परिवार के विरोध का कारण बन जाता है। जब उन दोनों बच्चों से पूछते हैं कि “शादी का मतलब” क्या होता है बताओ? तब बच्चे “बैण्ड-बाजा” और “गुलाब-जामुन” का नाम लेते हैं। यहाँ उन बच्चों की मासूमियत हमें सोचने पर मजबूर कर देती है, कि जिनके लिये ज़िन्दगी अभी मौज-मस्ती, और खिलौनों से ज़्यादा कुछ नहीं, जिन्हें अपने अच्छे-बुरे की समझ नहीं, जिन्हें “विवाह” शब्द का अर्थ तक पता नहीं, वे इतनी बड़ी ज़िम्मेदारी को कैसे निभायेंगे!! उन अबोध बच्चों से उनका बचपन छीन कर, उनके सपनों के अंकुर कुचलकर, उनके वर्तमान और भविष्य का गला घोंटना सर्वथा अनुचित और अन्यायपूर्ण है।‘Honor Killing’ जैसे गम्भीर विषय को नाटक "पुकार" के रूप में दिखाया, शिल्पग्राम की रंगशाला में!

नाता प्रथा- (वह प्रथा जिसमें परिवार की बहू को उसके पति की मृत्यु के बाद, पति के ही बड़े या छोटे भाई से विवाह करने के लिये बाध्य किया जाता है) के दृश्य में विधवा स्त्री को अपने से कई वर्ष छोटे, अपने देवर से विवाह करने हेतु मजबूर किया जाता है, लेकिन वह कहती है कि मैंने जिसे  पुत्र की तरह स्नेह किया है, उसे कैसे अपना पति स्वीकार करूँ? वह बालक भी अपनी भाभी को अपनी माँ समान ही मानता है, और सरपंच भी इनके साथ हैं। संदेश यही है कि एक स्त्री भी एक इंसान है, उसे भी वे सब अधिकार प्राप्त हैं जो बाक़ी सब इंसानों को प्राप्त हैं, और उन्हीं अधिकारों में से एक है “स्वतंत्रता का अधिकार”! अपनी इच्छानुरूप कपड़े पहनने की स्वतंत्रता, कहीं आने-जाने की, या जीवनसाथी चुनने की। वह कोई जानवर नहीं है जिसे बिना उसकी मर्ज़ी के किसी भी खूँटे से ज़बर्दस्ती बाँध दिया जाये।

अब “मन की बात” (हाँ, कभी-कभी हम भी कर लेते हैं, जब आप जैसे प्यारे पाठक मिलते हैं)–
1. हम बड़ों को एक छोटा सा helmet भी बोझ लगता है, तो छोटे बच्चों पर बड़ी ज़िम्मेदारियों का बोझ डालना सही है क्या? नहीं है ना? हाँ! इसलिये “नो बाल विवाह!!”
2. “भारत मेरा देश है!
समस्त भारतीय मेरे “भाई-बहन” हैं!” विद्यालय के दिनों की इस प्रतिज्ञा की “दूसरी पंक्ति” को कुछ ज़्यादा ही गम्भीरता से लेने वाले समाज के सम्मान के, परिवार की प्रतिष्ठा के, तथाकथित रक्षकों के लिये एक महत्वपूर्ण सूचना—
जितनी प्रेम, स्नेह, सुरक्षा, की भावना और शक्ति “रक्षासूत्र” में है, उतनी ही “मंगलसूत्र” में भी है!‘Honor Killing’ जैसे गम्भीर विषय को नाटक "पुकार" के रूप में दिखाया, शिल्पग्राम की रंगशाला में!

अन्त में कुछ अल्फ़ाज़-
जब वसुधा की आँखों में आँसू, होंठों पर धिक्कार हो,
उस वक़्त शायद वक़्त भी, ख़ुद को कोसे, शर्मसार हो,
खोखले सम्मान की ख़ातिर बहा कर ख़ून जब
इन्सां मनाये जीत, पर इंसानियत की हार हो…

Shilpgram Utsav: An Alluring Summation of Indian Handicrafts Ends with a Promise to Come Next Year

Shilpgram Utsav In Udaipur • December 21 to 30 December 2017

All roads led to Shilpgram, craftsmen’s village, a huge ethnographical museum that comprises over 31 rural dwellings from the four-member Western States of India viz Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, re-erected in 70 acres of picturesque countryside amongst the foothills of the Aravalli range, just 5 km west of Udaipur. The ten-day long Shilpgram Utsav in which 600 folk artist from 18 states and 400 artisans participate was inaugurated on Dec. 21st by Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh.

According to Mohd.Furqan Khan Director West Zone Cultural Centre Udaipur, the annual festival was organized with the aim of displaying the handicrafts of craftsmen from all over the country and marketing their products directly without any middlemen.The Shilpgram Utsav was staged with the cooperation and contribution of the seven zonal cultural centers, the ministry of Culture Govt. of India, Development Commissioner Handicrafts New Delhi, Development Commission Handlooms, New Delhi and National Wool development Board New Delhi and in it over 1000 folk artists participated.Shilpgram Utsav In Udaipur

A new feature introduced this year in the Utsav was the Kamal Kothari Memorial (Life Time Achievement) Lok Kala Award. Dr. Kamal Kothari was born in Jodhpur and educated in Udaipur, devoted his whole life to the preservation of Rajasthan’s folk arts, folk music, and folk music instruments, research in folk arts and their development collection of folk songs and research in all these areas. With Indian’s one of the greatest story writers are Vijaidan Detha he launched Prerna Magazine with the aim of collections, recordings and making a musical notation of folk songs. He worked for Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy. It was due to him that Langa Mangniiyar musicians became famous all over the world. He was honored with Padma Shree and Padma Bhushan Awards. He was given Nehru Fellowship for the collection of Rajasthani Literature, folk songs, folk tales etc. The Govt. of Rajasthan honored him with Rajasthan Ratna in 1989 Columbia University, made a documentary named ‘Kamal Da’.Shilpgram Utsav In Udaipur

This year’s Kothari Life Time Achievement Award worth 2.51 Lac was given by Rajasthan Governor on 21st December to folk artist Bansi Lal Khiladi of Chvee village of Degana in Mansaur district, who has acted as Raja in folk plays. He has been a Mand singer and Ramleela player. Looking to his proficiency in Kuchamani Khayal style, his guru Nath Dasji made him the leader of the troupe. He has given thousands of presentations organized by different places. He has been honored by Rajasthan Sangeet Academy and Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi. His presentations on the first three days of Shilpgram Utsav were greatly appreciated by the audience.Shilpgram Utsav In Udaipur

One of the main attractions of the Utsav this year was the fusion of three kinds of styles, out of which the fusion of two classical and one semi-classical style was presented in place of that mixings of one ‘raga’ and ‘tal’ of two different styles. In this special presentation were added Lavni of Maharashtra, Gotipua of Orissa and classical Kathak. In this Lavni exhibited classical element with folk element while Gotipua was a fascination of classical elements that was mesmerizing. Kathak was a mix of beautiful step work and facial expressions. There was a similarity of musical instruments; the three styles produced a highly enjoyable effect.

Shilpgram Utsav In Udaipur
Performances in the Shilpgram Utsav In Udaipur

The exhibition of wood statues prepared by artists from different parts of the country during a wood sculpture workshop organized earlier turned out to be another big attraction. Also on display in the Darpan hall were different paintings by well-known painters from all over the country painted in a workshop organized by the Centre from time to time.

For the first time in Utsav were on display the different characters such as Devi Amba, Raee, Budiya, Banjara, Chor-police, Bhiyawa of Gavari; made of sand. Gavari is a folk festival of the Bhil caste of Mewar that is min. Of dance, music, and actions and celebrated enthusiastically in the month of Shrawan.Shilpgram Utsav In Udaipur

Visitors got an exciting opportunity to showcase their talent in the ‘Hiwda Ki Hook’ programme when every afternoon they sang, danced and related their interesting experiences before a big audience. They were also able to win prizes in the Sanskritik Quiz.

For their own use and giving gifts, visitors were seen busy buying different handicrafts products from Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Bengal, Goa etc.Shilpgram Utsav In Udaipur

The crowds swelled during the last few days as they were able to get products they liked at a much lower price. Young and old were seen riding camels and horses with the huge variety of cuisine foodies had a whale of a time. A large number of tourists, both inland and foreign, also enjoyed themselves immensely.Shilpgram Utsav In Udaipur

With better marketing, this big Mela can easily become an even bigger national level Mela that would also boost tourism.

Photo Credits: Dimpy Chundawat & Fouzia Mirza

Shilpgram Utsav Program Schedule: Showcasing the Beauty of the Eclectic Indian Culture

Lying beneath the blanket of globalization and modernization is the heart and soul of the simplicity of the Indian Culture. The artforms, handmade products, the ‘Desi’ snacks and fine jewelry is something that is away from the running and crashing city life. Such a tranquil yet peppy ensemble of the culture of various states and their cities can be seen at the Shilpgram Utsav every year in the month of December.

The fest has managed to celebrate its mesmerizing and lively appearance for decades in the same month from 21st Dec to 30th Dec. This 10-day fiesta attracts people from different parts of the world to gather and witness artisans and craftsmen from entire India. Every evening a cultural program is organized at the Shilpgram amphitheater. The bazaar starts around 12 noon where craftsmen showcase handloom, handicraft, jute, silk, pashmina, pure wool, Kashmiri clothes, eco-friendly items and so much more.

This year, at the Shilgram Utsav 2017, 600 folk artists from 18 states and 400 craftsmen from 21 states are going to entice you with their strikingly wonderful art and craft. The first-day entry from 3 pm was free for the general masses, unlike other days when the entry is ticketed.

The beauty of these stalls is that it draws the attention of every age group. In between these crafts and food stalls lies the essence of the fair- the artists performing folk songs and playing folk instruments. One shall find astounding performances by Rajasthani men and women playing instruments, singing, acting out roles and clowns or imposters roaming- the fair is an amalgamation of so much happening!

The food court serves great food for the people coming to the fair. As Shilpgram is a mammoth place sprawling in acres, one cannot walk miles without munching something. The food stalls will serve you some delicacies like ‘Makkhan Malai’ and ‘Raab’.

This 10 day fair is surely a ‘must visit’ for the local people as well as people from other parts of the country.

Here is the schedule of the programs for the next 9 days.

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Shilpgram Utsav Schedule 2017

The beauty of India lies in its people, their indigenous art which makes them distinguished and gives them their identity. The beauty of Shilgram is in the feel of the searing sun and the aroma of the Rajasthani Land.

Enjoy the 10 days at the Shilpgram Utsav!

Sharad Rang – Food and Music Festival, reviving traditional delicacies

Udaipur recently hosted a one of its kind food and music fest, organized by the West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC) almost a week ago from October 25th to 29th at Shilpgram, which inevitably was one of the biggest food festivals to have been conducted in the city, funnily enough, agreeing to the fact that not many food festivals have been arranged in the city within the past few years. Nevertheless, as they say, its never too late, and so with the setting up of Sharad Rang – Food and Music Festival, we received an opportunity to witness exhilarating performances by different artists from all over the country delivering breathtaking dance and musical performances while hogging on some mouth-watering traditional delicacies of various states of India.

For those who missed a chance to munch on some of the very many delicious food items presented at the fest, here’s a quick overview of the different stalls and the mélange of food served  :

  1. Awadh ki Mithai

    Sharad Rang - Food and Music Festival, reviving traditional delicacies

          The stall, as the name suggests had decorated containers of mithai (sweets) but didn’t quite boast of Awadhi sweets in particular. Although whatever that we tasted was very fresh and good, it didn’t totally feel like we were trying something new. They had Rabdi, Kulfi, Gulab Jamun and Kesariya Doodh (Saffron Milk) and were very affectionate, because obviously, ‘Muskuraiye, ap Lucknow mein hai!’

      2. Lucknowi Chaat

Sharad Rang - Food and Music Festival, reviving traditional delicacies

This was yet another stall owned by the same smiling face who served us Kulfi and Gula Jamuns. This stall had Basket Chaat, Baingan Chaat (Brinjal Chaat), Palak Chaat (Spinach Chaat), Moong Daal aur Mewa ka Dahi Bada. We tasted the Palak and the Basket Chaat and the first bite alone left us ordering a second one! Crispy and tangy just what a chaat should taste like.

      3. Kashmiri Food

Sharad Rang - Food and Music Festival, reviving traditional delicacies

Well, Kashmiris weren’t far behind in the race too. Coming all the way down to Rajasthan, they obviously had something appetizing in their menu too. While we sipped on Kahwa (a Kashmiri drink made of green tea, saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, and almonds), the owner of the stall told us about the delicacies he had prepared. Specialities included Rista, Gushtaba, Chicken Dhaniya Korma and Rogan Josh! Beginning of a Daawat surely, no?

      4. Maharashtrian food – Neelam food

Sharad Rang - Food and Music Festival, reviving traditional delicacies

Maharashtrians came with their set of preparations as well. Serving Zunka Bakar (a tempting preparation of  Jowar and Gramflour, the staple food of rural Maharashtra), Chaat Cone, Sabudana Vada, Puran Poli (sweet flat bread made with gram flour and jaggery stuffing) and Matka Roti, it was no doubt one of the major attractions of the festival, having already hooked the nation to the world famous Vada Pav! Are you addicted too!?

      5. Gujarati Food

Sharad Rang - Food and Music Festival, reviving traditional delicacies

Gujaratis never lag behind, you just name anything, and Gujaratis are sure to put you in awe. Nothing less can be said for Gujarati food and the love that they sprinkle over it. How could anybody not like the food served with so much of love and warmth? Gujarat brought a dozen of dishes on the plate to devour. Ranging from Thepla, Methi Gota, Ragda Patis, Undhiyu, Khandvi to Dabeli, Fafda, Jalebi, they had almost all of Gujarat kept on the table. Even we got confused what to eat and what not to!

      6. Bihari food

Sharad Rang - Food and Music Festival, reviving traditional delicacies

This was apparently the most talked about stall of all. Food from Gujarat, Maharashtra and the South is much talked about these days, but we know very little of what Bihar has to offer. We were quite impressed seeing the crowd rushing to savor food from Bihar and eating with such fervor their specialties like Litti Chokha (Litti – lentil stuffed balls made of wheat, Chokha – dip made of eggplant, mashed potatoes, and tomato), Mawa ki Anarsa, Shahi Hing Kachori, Ghugni, Sattu Kachori, Mawa ka Chandrakala, Lal Mohan. Litti in the Litti Chokha had striking similarities with Baati, the only different thing being the gram flour stuffing.

      7. South and Punjabi food – Radha Rasoi

Sharad Rang - Food and Music Festival, reviving traditional delicacies

South Indian and Punjabi food is not new to Rajasthan. It has become a part of almost every restaurant menu and wedding and other celebrations. We had hoped for some better and new dishes apart from the Masala Dosa, Aloo Paratha, Gobhi Paratha, Spider Roll (similar to spring roll) but it failed to amaze us. The food was cold and double fried (referring to the Spider Roll here). There was one similar stall also serving Punjabi food in the form of Chole Bhature, Amritsari Kulcha, Sarso ka Saag, Makai ki Roti, which was otherwise fresh and tasty but didn’t quite hit the mark.

      8. Lucknowi food – Wahid Biriyani

Sharad Rang - Food and Music Festival, reviving traditional delicacies

Lucknow has seen the footfall of various Nawabs in history and unlike any other stall we had high hopes for finding nice non-vegetarian food from Lucknow and just when we started feeling the absence of one, this came to the rescue! This was a huge setup and served vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian delicacies but with a drawback; they cooked both veg and non-veg in the same pan using the same oil which made it really worrisome for some vegetarians to choose to eat there. Apart from this, Mr. Aabid Ali Qureshi was a jolly person and insisted us on tasting each and everything. We tasted the Zaafrani Phirni which was mindblowing and some other specialties being Galauti Kebab, Chicken Masala, Mutton and Chicken Biriyani, Warki Paratha, Reshmi Tikka and Roasted Chicken. It was truly a treat for non-vegetarians.

      9. Padam Thaal and Aapno Rajasthan

Sharad Rang - Food and Music Festival, reviving traditional delicacies

How can Rajashtanis be left behind when there’s food been talked about on the counter!? People ate Daal Baati Churma, Besan Gatte ki Sabzi, Papad Methi, Ker Sangri, Sev Tamatar, Mawa Kachori, Jodhpuri Mirchibada, Ajmer Kadi Kachori, Bikaneri Jalebi, and Bajre ki Roti with equal craze and excitement and enjoyed beyond limits. Afterall, a happy stomach is a happy soul!


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जाणो, आपणे राजस्थान रा संगीत ने!

Update Yourself with the Music of Rajasthan

Dancing to the beats of international artists, we enjoy a lot. And why not! The beats are electric and so energetic that it compels us to dance and we get carried away. I am sure everyone reading this would agree with my opinion. But sometimes, we need a more subtle music which is away from the hustle and takes us back to our roots, takes us back to the very foundation- that ties us to our birthplace. In the same way, a lot of people prefer listening to folk music, whether they belong to any place; they crave for raw voices, ‘desi’ instruments, and vernacular dances and music.

Everyone has a different taste in music, but when it comes to folk music- we enjoy it hands down.

The music of Langa and Manganiyar of Rajasthan

Know the music of Rajasthan: Langa and Manganiyar  
Mangniyar Musicians

Who are Langa and Manganiyar?

Langa and Manganiyar are folk musicians who follow a rich oral tradition which they have inherited from their forefathers. These balladeers from Rajasthan sing of everyday chores and emotions. They become highly relatable and probably that is the reason why they are able to mesmerize their listeners.

Manganiyars have expertise over percussion instruments like Dholak and Khadtal, whereas Langas are known for Sarangi, Murali, Surnai, etc. Their musical compositions are masterpieces and are quite complex. The word Manganiyar means those who ask for charity. On different occasions, they would go to patron’s house and sing songs and in turn, would be awarded.

Know the music of Rajasthan: Langa and Manganiyar  
Langa community musicians

If you go through the roots of these musical groups then we come to know that these Langas and Manganiars were groups of professional musicians, whose music was supported by wealthy landlords and aristocrats. This tradition and hierarchy are maintained till now.  Both the groups sing in the same language but their styles differ. This difference of style came into existence as per the tastes of their patrons. Both the communities belong to the Islamic origins but many of their songs are in praise of Hindu deities. Similarly, they are known to celebrate Hindu festivals such as Diwali and Holi. The Manganiar performers evoke the Hindu God Krishna and seek his blessings before the commencement of their music recital.

Know the music of Rajasthan: Langa and Manganiyar  
Khartal- a music instrument majorly used by both the communities of musicians

It is also believed that the Manganiars were musicians of the Rajput courts. They used to accompany their chiefs to war and providing them with entertainment before and after the battles. In addition to this, these singers and musicians also performed at the event of the chiefs’ death and would perform at the ruler’s vigil day and night until the mourning was over.

Coming to the second music community of Rajasthan, the Langas which literally means a song giver is a group of poets, singers, and musicians from the Barmer district of Rajasthan. The Langas are versatile players of the Sindhi Sarangi and the Algoza (double flute), which accompany their magical voices. They used to perform at events like births, and weddings, exclusively for their patrons, who were cattle breeders, farmers, and landowners.

Know the music of Rajasthan: Langa and Manganiyar  
Langa community musicians

Today, these musical groups perform in various realms and acquire major acclamations not just in the country but also internationally. Rajasthan hosts one of the most energetic and redolent music cultures of the world. The land of sand dunes and camels imparts the fragrance of vernacular music and folklores that touches the hearts of many. These musicians have such an impact on the listeners that they are bound to listen to them again and again.

Know the music of Rajasthan: Langa and Manganiyar  
Mangniyars performing in Shilpgram Udaipur

In Udaipur, you can find these musicians in Shilpgram during the annual Shilpgram Festival quite commonly.

It’s said that music transcends time and space, and indeed it holds true in the case of these folk musicians.

Such is the music of Rajasthan!

If you have ever listened to any Langa or Manganiyar, do let us know your experience in the comment section below.

खाने के शौक़ीन लोगो के लिए जन्नत – शरद रंग महोत्सव(Food and Music Festival)

शिल्पग्राम, जो यहाँ गए है वो इस नाम से वाकिफ़ है और जो यहाँ नहीं गए वो लोग इसके नाम से अर्थ निकालने की कोशिश करेंगे। लेकिन यहाँ हम शिल्पग्राम के बारे में आपको नहीं बताने वाले, हम आपको बताने जा रहे है यहाँ पर 25 अक्टूबर से शुरू हुए फ़ूड और म्यूजिक फेस्टिवल के बारे में। जो लोग खाना खाने के दीवाने है या गानों के मामले में मस्ताने है उनके लिए ये पांच दिन किसी जन्नत से कम नहीं है(खैर अब तो चार दिन ही बचे है, आज को मिलाकर) 29 अक्टूबर से पहले शरद रंग महोत्सव ज़रूर जाए।

अब हम आपको वर्चुअल्ली ले चलते है इस फेस्टिवल में जो कि हमारा काम भी है। बाकी ये पढ़कर आपके क़दम खुद-ब-खुद  शिल्पग्राम की ओर चल पड़ेंगे।

यहाँ से शुरू होता है शरद रंग महोत्सव का सफ़र

अच्छे से सजे गेट में एंटर होते आपको बड़े करीने से सजाया हुआ एक गाँव दिखाई पड़ेगा और सीधे हाथ की ओर आपको नागौर से आए सरवन कुमार एंड बैंड आपके स्वागत को तैयार रहेंगे। सरवन कुमार इस बैंड के मुखिया है और बड़े विनम्रता से आपसे बात करेंगे। उनसे हमने तकरीबन 20 मिनिट तक बात करी इस दौरान उन्होंने अपनी 2 बार प्रस्तुति भी दी। वो मशक बजाते है जो एक स्कॉटिश इंस्ट्रूमेंट है जिसे इंग्लिश में बेकपेपर कहा जाता है। राजस्थान सर्कार से सम्मानित हो चुके है। यहाँ उनके फोटो और एक परफॉरमेंस शेयर कर रहे है। इनकी ये परफॉरमेंस आपको सीधा नागौर ले जाएगी वो भी शिल्पग्राम बैठे-बैठे।

सरवन कुमार एंड बैंड

जैसे आप थोड़ा आगे जाएँगे तो अलवर से आए नूरदीन मेवाती और उनका ग्रुप आपको उन्ही के बनाए गानों को सुनने को मजबूर कर देगा। उनके गाने समाज को लेकर बनाए होते है और सटायर से भरपूर होते है। ये अन्तराष्ट्रीय लेवल पर भी परफॉर्म कर चुके है और इंडियाज़ गोट टैलेंट में भी परफॉर्म कर चुके है। ये रही उनकी झलक

नूरदीन मेवाती एंड ग्रुप – अलवर

वल्लभनगर तहसील – उदयपुर का फोक बैंड लेकर आए है देवीलाल जी और उनके बेटे कमल जी दमामी, बैंड का नाम पाइप बैंड उदयपुर रखा है। ये भी मसक बजाते है पर साथ में इनके उदयपुर में बजाये जाने वाले और इंस्ट्रूमेंट भी होते है। अच्छी बात ये है कि कमल जी बेकपेपर(मसक) सिखाते भी है, वो अलग-अलग स्कूलों में जाकर इसे सिखाते है। वो चाहते है इससे ये लोगो के ज़हन में रहेगा और लोग भूलेंगे नहीं।

पाइप बैंड : उदयपुर

ये हमारा म्यूजिक में आख़िरी पड़ाव था। इन्ही लोगो की वजह से राजस्थान का फोक संगीत फिर से जिंदा हुआ है हम बात कर रहे है मंगनियार ग्रुप की जो बाड़मेर से यहाँ आई। उनसे हमारी आर्टिस्ट की सोच और दुनिया को किस नज़र से वो देखते है इस पर काफी बात हुई। उनकी ये दमदार परफॉरमेंस ये रही

गाज़ी खां मंगनियार ग्रुप – बाड़मेर


इसके बाद शुरू होता फ़ूड बाज़ार… वैसे गाज़ी खां साहब के यहाँ आते ही पता लग जाता है, खुश्बू की वजह से। इस बाज़ार में आपको लखनवी बिरयानी से लेकर बिहार के लिट्टी-चौखा, अवध की कुल्फी, कश्मीरी वाज़वान, राजस्थानी कबाब, दाल-बाटी और साउथ इंडियन डिशेज़ तक की वैरायटी मिल जाएगी। उम्मीद है अब तक आप लोगो के मुह में पानी तो आ ही गया होगा, नहीं आया तो ये फ़ोटोज़ देख कर आ जाएगा।


चार अलग-अलग जगह के खाने


वाहिद बिरयानी – लखनऊ
मुग़लई डिशेज़ के अगर आप शौक़ीन है तो ये आपका जंक्शन ही है। इनकी बिरयानी और लखनवी मेहमान नवाज़ी दोनों ही आपको पसंद आएगी।


राधेश्याम तेली : ये यूँ तो दक्षिण भारतीय खाना बनाते है पर ये है उदयपुर से ही। इनके यहाँ का स्पाइडर रोल ज़रूर खाना चाहिए। स्पाइडर रोल उतना ही दिलचस्प है जितने की ये ख़ुद, फ़ूड फेस्टिवल के सबसे मजेदार और खुशमिजाज व्यक्ति है। ये नोटबंदी के दौरान चर्चा में भी थे तब इन्होने ज़रुरतमंदों को फ्री में खाना खिलाया था।



कश्मीरी वाज़वान : आप फ़ूड फेस्टिवल का अंत यहाँ से कर सकते है वो भी कश्मीरी कावा से इसके अलावा रिश्ता और गोश्ताबा यहाँ का ज़रूर चखिए। वैसे भी कश्मीरी खाना ज़ायका हर कहीं मिलता भी तो नहीं है। 🙂

अगर आप फोक परफॉरमेंस देखना चाहते है तो वो आपको 12, 2, 4 और 6 बजे देखने को मिल जाएगी शाम में 7 बजे से ओपन ऑडिटोरियम में हर दिन अलग-अलग परफॉरमेंस होगी। और अगर आप खानाआहते है ज़ायकों का मज़ा उठाना चाहते है तो आप दिन के 12 से रात के 10 बजे तक  कभी भी पहुँच जाइये।


दादू की याद में ‘Rangaanjali’


‘दादू’ !! आज भी इसी नाम से पूरा उदयपुर श्री हेमंत पंड्या ‘दादू’ को याद करता है। प्रख्यात रंगकर्मी, अभिनेता, निर्देशक, बांसुरी वादक और न जाने क्या-क्या। जीवन के कई रंग थे ‘दादू’ में। शायद तभी इसे ‘रंगांजलि’ नाम दिया गया। सन् 2005 में ‘दादू’ के ही शिष्यों के द्वारा शुरू किया ये थिएटर फेस्टिवल इस साल अपने 10 बरस पुरे करने जा रहा है। ‘रंगांजलि’ पूरी तरह से ‘दादू’ और उनके किये गए कार्यो को समर्पित है। अच्छी बात ये है कि फेस्टिवल किसी भी तरह से आर्थिक लाभ के लिए नहीं किया जाता है। ये उनके शिष्यों द्वारा उन्हें ट्रिब्यूट देने की एक छोटी सी कोशिश है।

हर वर्ष की तरह इस बार भी ‘नादब्रम्ह’ संस्था उदयपुर वासियों के लिए ‘रंगांजलि’ आयोजित करवा रहा है। इस साल ‘रंगांजलि’ में प्रभा दीक्षित लिखित कहानी ‘अन्दर आना मना है’ का नाटकीय रूप में मंचन किया जायेगा। इस नाटक को शहर के ही जाने-माने रंगकर्मी श्री शिवराज सोनवाल डायरेक्ट कर रहे है। ये नाटक इसी महीने की 10 तारीख़ को शिल्पग्राम के ‘दर्पण सभागार’ में खेला जायेगा। इस नाटक का ये तीसरा शो होगा इससे पहले यही टीम संगीत नाटक अकादमी के ‘रंग प्रतिभा थिएटर फेस्ट’ और जवाहर कला केंद्र, जयपुर में अपनी प्रस्तुति दे चुकी है। ‘नादब्रम्ह’ संस्था तीन बार ‘ॐ शिवपुरी’ थिएटर फेस्ट जा चुकी है। इस टीम से निकले थिएटर आर्टिस्ट आज की तारीख़ में दिल्ली, मुंबई में उदयपुर का नाम रोशन कर रहे है। इस बार ‘रंगांजलि’ के 10वे अवसर पर शहर के रंगकर्मी थोड़े भावुक ज़रूर है पर उत्साह में किसी भी प्रकार की कमी नहीं दिख रही है, और यही उत्साह उनके द्वारा दी जानी परफॉरमेंस में आप सभी शहर वासियों को भावनात्मक रूप से जोड़ने का प्रयास करेगा, जैसा ‘दादू’ के साथ देखने को मिलता था।

आइये एक नज़र डालते है ‘रंगांजलि’ के अब तक के सफ़र पर :-

2005 – मन-मरिचिका

2008 – रहोगी तुम वही, रोटी का जाल, हवालात

2009 – शब्द-बीज

2010 – मुग़लों ने सल्तनत बख़्श दी, तीतर

2011 – कोर्ट मार्शल

2012 – मन मरिचिका, माँ मुझे टेगौर बना दो

2014 – कोर्ट मार्शल

2015 – आख़िर इस मर्ज़ की दवा क्या है?

2016 – संक्रमण, सबसे सस्ता गोश्त

2017 – अन्दर आना मना है !

10, सितम्बर शाम 7 बजे

दर्पण सभागार, शिल्पग्राम, उदयपुर

Invitation Card

Sculpture Symposium leaves behind International Masterpieces to be erected in the city of Udaipur

international monumental symposium

Monumental Sculptures are fascinating to watch. They not only provide a city with elegance and grandeur, they help define it. Inspirational and overbearing, these structures tell you a lot about a place and its people. Well it takes great efforts and determination to carve them in the first place. And to see more than a dozen of them crafted at the same time is surely an experience of a lifetime.

The First International Monumental Sculpture Symposium concluded last week in Udaipur. The ideal venue for it was the cultural village of Shilpgram where 21 artists from across the country and the world came together to exhibit their craftsmanship. This post is dedicated to the fabulous masterpieces that they left behind.

Bringing in their signature styles to their work, the artists who participated in the symposium had to deal with the Udaipur climate for a month to finish their works. The April heat and the windy showers that slightly jeopardized the ceremony at the end.  Now that the sculptures are ready, they wait for their installation at different locations of the city. So even though you might not have visited the symposium, be prepared to see the sculptures as landmarks in the city of Udaipur.

This giant effort has been successful because of Bhupesh Kavadia, a sculpture artist himself, who put together the idea of the symposium. I wish that this legacy continues in the future as the city of Udaipur offers the perfect setting and material for this kind of event.

However I might have one complain to make. The symposium went on for a month. I visited it for more than a couple of times to catch the sculptures in different stages of creation and to talk to the artists but I hardly found any visitors arriving on their own interest. The people of the city will have to appreciate more and take higher interests to make such events successful. Afterall this effort is incomplete without everyone’s participation.

Here is a compilation of works from the symposium: Video Link Here

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Article By : Koustubh Bhattacharya