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Bringing to life the mundane in a village

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A young man striking a pose while enjoying music on the transistor by his buffalo, another one running after the birds in the fields, three young damsels making mayhem while sitting on a buffalo, buffaloes gloriously resting under a canopy glued to some blaring noise and many more colourful paintings recreate his rural imagery that gave me goosebumps; increasing my yearning to go back and relive a small town life.

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The art of handpainted Chintz

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Having missed the talk on ‘Exploring the Technology of Chintz : From buffalo milk to sheep dung and all the magic in between’ organized by Craft Revival Trust I couldn’t afford losing more time so I went directly to Art Motif Gallery, to witness Renuka Reddy’s chintz magic, first hand.

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Zuljanaha carries the burden of speed

Veer Munshi is a Kashmiri Hindu born in 1955, when India and Pakistan were in the process of demarcating their borders. Residing in Gurgaon, the artist works on socio-political themes by contemporizing traditional crafts by encouraging craftsmen in finding sustenance, through their long-established vocations. Inspired by his father who was an art teacher, Munshi majored in Fine Art from Maharaja Sayajiroa University of Baroda, deviating  from Bachelors of Arts in Economics & History, and his first love, law.

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Edgy coquettish designs

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At a party someone very rightly said to me that one should either be a work of art or wear a work of art. Admiring Bhavin and Twinkle Gada’s fashion jewelry label BEGADA I couldn’t agree more. Sold on Cult Curators, these edgy coquettish designs caught my eye, as they spell drama successfully in bold and red letters.

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An armoured lady

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Not just in creative fields but in general most Muslim women are surreptitiously finding ways of reclaiming their freedom world over. Tayeba Begum Lipi (b.1969, Bangladesh) is one such multimedia artist who portrays her counterparts through different media; exploring feminist issues, addressing societal contradictions and often questioning sexual stereotypes surrounding their existence around the globe.

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You can’t buy love but can buy handmade

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A nomadic lifestyle and simple living is aspirational for many, especially if it includes attributes such as openness, curiosity and meaningfulness…and the ‘Luxe’ quotient in it is the time well spent in discovering and exploring ideas.

Aditi Dhar, a Kashmiri, the designer of Vitasta (her middle name is also the Sanskrit word for river Jhelum, in Kashmir) is inspired by women who are freethinkers… with a strong sense of self, holding cosmopolitan views.

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Kurmanchal keepsakes

 

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KurmaManeet Kaur‘s baby, based outside Dehradun takes a cue from the interior trends of 2017 and charms one with jewel tone biota motifs on muted colours. Specializing in screen and block printing by hand on fabric, this small design outfit has designed a smart range of organic cotton stationery, accessories, home furnishings and more.

Its organic raw cotton  is sourced from Punjab and then carded, handspun and woven all by hand in Dehradun, by an organisation which rehabilitates cured lepers by teaching them such activities. Kurma also works as a social enterprise which helps the disadvantaged members of society e.g. training the hearing impaired women as seamstresses.

For Maneet, its a business with a heart that generates work for the local communities and individual artisans.

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Slick knick-knacks from the Paris of India

 

Generally when one travels we like to pick up local non-perishable specialties or souvenirs to take back home. Anytime in Jaipur, I suggest you visit the Code Silver store for its upmarket wildlife mementos.

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Nailing surrealism during the 10th Jaipur Lit Fest

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You take me on a journey
Of letting go
And getting lost in you

For when in Rome do as the Romans do, I’d recommend travellers to the Pink City for the Literature Festival, an Alternative Art space created especially by Wolf. It is an experiential crevasse of recycled design – a brainchild of gifted scarp artists Ritu and Surya Singh….basically an other-worldly forest good for the Wolf and Bees and all things that matter the most!

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