Jaipur’s Annual Monsoon Event ‘Rang Malahar’ – a Fest Celebrating Art

‘Art Enables Us to Find Ourselves and Lose Ourselves at the Same Time’

Artists from Jaipur paint different objects together. This Jaipur fest is organised every monsoon to celebrate happiness and good rainfall. The event titled ‘Rang Malahar’ has been organised for 6 years now. On 22 July, 2016, Friday, 100 artists will together create designs at Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy.

The Only State in the Country which Celebrates Art Like a Ritual!

This is the only state in the country where artists pray for the happiness and better rains by painting arts on paper with their paintbrushes. Artists have named this event ‘Rang Malahar’. This year, the event will be organised at Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy on July 22, 2016, where more than hundred artists will be seen painting and praying for the betterment. The most pre-possessing thing about this event is that the artists do not paint their arts on canvas; Arts are painted on the objects, and those objects are introduced to the artists on the day of festival. This keeps the curiosity alive in an artist. Many famous personalities from different parts of the state attend this event. In the event, many students from department of fine arts, Rajasthan University and Rajasthan School of Arts are seen painting and creating art. This is event is famous because there is no factor for group-ism and also there is no competition to win, it is all done only for the betterment and happiness.

It is often said that in the season of monsoon, melody of malahar is very effective and prime. It is being said that when Miya Tansen sang the malahar song, and back then the parched areas were damped with waters. Keeping this story of Tansen in mind, Senior Artist Vidhyasagar Upadhyay initiated the concept of ‘Rang Malahar’ with other artists of the city in year 2010. For the first time, cloth was used instead of canvas and paints were done on the umbrellas. Thirty artists painted the umbrellas with their ideas, and gave the first object paints to the city.

When artists step out together!

One of the loveliest things about this Rang Malahar is that the group of artists steps out on the streets with their arts. This scenario works as the conversation between the artists and the art lovers of the city. The group of artists also pass from the historical places and monuments of the pink city. Also, these art works are presented in many art galleries of the country. With this meet-up, many famous names like Aarbi Gautam, Bhavani Shankar Sharma, Lalchand Merathiya, Nathulal Verma and Surendra Joshi are still connected.


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