The princely state of Rajasthan is well known for its rich art and culture. Each region in the state has got a unique differentiator to speak about and showcase to the world. Indeed, most interesting forms of art & craft, spanning across painting, pottery, handicrafts, etc. have been originated from here only.
Get acquainted with some famous names hailing from Rajasthan. This includes:
Kripal Singh Shekhawat
Kripal Singh Shekhawat has earned a name for himself in pottery and is famously known as the father of blue pottery and ceramist of India. His creations carry bold innovations in a delicate and refined way and tremendous contributions in bringing a renaissance in the field of pottery bagged him the most prestigious title ‘Shilp Guru’ by the Government of India in 2002. He is also recognized for the organic evolution of traditional paintings.
Badri Lal Chitrakar
Coming from a small town Bhilwara in Rajasthan, Badri Lal Chitrakar is a renowned Indian miniature art artist. The art is primarily known for its exquisite brushwork and is often touted to be one of the best antique pieces. He was awarded with the title of Master craftsperson of the Year in 1987 and ‘Shilp Guru’ in 2006 for his excellence and expertise.
Usha Rani Hooja
Usha Rani Hooja was a well-known sculptor. Her creations are not only installed in India but have also garnered appreciation overseas. Most of her most notable sculptures, known for being larger than life, are installed at Delhi, Kota, Bhilwara, Bombay, Jaipur, Jodhpur in India and Sweden, Washington and Phillipines abroad. Her successive works brought her recognition and huge appreciation from the artistic community.
Shree Lal Joshi
Shree Lal Joshi is known for his immense skills at phad painting (also known as Mewar style of painting). Phad painting has gained popularity as a folk painting of Rajasthan and conveys a heroic story of kings and rulers, narrated through songs and dance. He is a Padma Shri Award winner. He also has an excellence in wall paintings which got him a wide recognition and the prestigious National Award for his work at Crafts Museum, New Delhi. He does wall painting in ancient fresco style.
Rajasthan is a land of talent bringing name and fame to the country and making it big on international podium too.