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Jawahar Kala Kendra In Jaipur – An Architectural Masterpiece

Rajasthan is a land of rich culture, traditional music, folk art and ancient infrastructural heritage. The locales and the inhabitants have passed on the art forms from generation to generations. One will be unable to miss the colourful textiles and rich earthly shades around when one visits Rajasthan. Although with the contemporary approach the things are changing, there have been steps undertaken by the Rajasthan government to preserve this essential rich culture. Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur is one such amendment by the government.

Photo of ‘Step-wise’ by Meena Kadri under CC BY 2.0

The Premise of Jawahar Kala Kendra

Jawahar Kala Kendra is an eight-block building established in the year 1993. Pre-eminently known as JKK, it comprises of an auditorium, arts display rooms, library, cafeteria, small hostel and an art studio.  Apart from these it also has two permanent art galleries and there are other multicultural galleries to host workshops and other creative events.

Late Charles Corea, one of the leading and very reputed Architect, had designed the this offbeat yet so indigenous building. Based on the Navgraha (nine planets in solar system) arrangement in Astronomy, it also projects the square-grid plan which is a feature of the capital city, Jaipur.

Beautifully designed, the blocks are attributed with the objective according to the temperament of the planet, For example, the library is arranged in a Jupiter section as it related to knowledge and wisdom. Moreover, each room is decorated with paintings rendering mythology as well as contemporary art.

In the neighbourhood of Jawahar Kala Kendra, there is another magnificent centre called Shilpagram that arranges haat bazar, and other cultural festivals.

Significance of Multi-arts at this State of art Institute

Jawahar Kala Kendra conducts its own theatre festival every year. The festival invites and welcomes many professional artists and there are numerous plays and varied acts held. There is a large number of audience seen for this vibrant festival.

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It was a dire need to bring together all the art and artists under one umbrella in order to sustain the folk art values. Jawahar Kala Kendra is an international centre that promotes as well as preserves various kinds of Indian art and allied art forms. It is one of the very significant cultural centres in Jaipur.

As it is established on a grand scale and holds a very prestigious reputation in the art community, it has gradually grown very famous. Thus, it has become a junction of meeting and supporting budding artists and novel art forms. Jawahar Kala Kendra arranges events of myriad forms of art that includes poetry recitals, art exhibitions, theatre, Music, Dance, workshops, publications, and many more.

Today, Jawahar Kala Kendra has become a buzzing centre for creative professionals from varied fields whether it is Art, Music, Dance, or any form of contemporary streams. It a place that facilitates artists, art aficionados, connoisseurs, folk artisans and any interested individual who wants to indulge in some beatific moments while discussing possibilities and various avenues of art.

Thus, Jawahar Kala Kendra through its various community-oriented programs has indeed subtended to be significant centre in Rajasthan as well as India.

Featured Photo of ‘Pieces of Light & Colour’ by Meena Kadri under CC BY 2.0

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