This place in Udaipur is a school of arts where you’ll need microscope to see their paintings. READ WHY!
Yes you heard us right! At the base of Sajangadh fort, lies this school of Arts who are specialists with the making of traditional and Rajasthani paintings. Most popular paintings among them is the one with horses and elephants. Their paintings replicate the heritage and beauty of Rajasthan. Either in the form of the environment or the animals and history behind, their paintings reflect the royal culture of Rajasthan. For Example you will find a painting of Jaisalmer with a camel in the dessert and a fort. Another one would be a white palace showcasing the intricate beauty of Udaipur with elephants and lake. While there would also be Jaipur the pink city with a horse.
While their paintings are not just paintings, they have a unique feature in it. They use natural colors that are discovered while digging the mines. When you visit them, they will explain you how they use only 5 such colored stones from which they prepare the rest of the colors. They powder these stones and mix with 50% of heated gum and 50% water. They mix gum only to get a brighter color in their paintings. They will also enlighten you about how they use silver and gold to add texture and richness in their work. The intricate work that they perform in their paintings, is the hard work of couple of fortnights.
The best thing I liked about their painting weapons is the brush! Yes, they use a single haired brush which are rare to find. With the help of this brush, they are able to make such thin lines and add miniature carvings that you will need a microscope to realize the depth of each stroke. This includes the silver and gold coating as well. Incase you are willing to know how do they make such beautiful paintings, they would actually show you step by step how their paintings are started and completed. They are so patient enough that they will be happy to see you trying strokes from their brushes. It is then when you realize how difficult every single stroke is. Atleast I did!
Their paintings have a deeper meaning. They usually tend to replicate the culture of these places mainly because of following reasons –
Horses – a sense of pride
Camel – the symbol of love
And my all-time favorite, the elephant a sign of good luck.
And who would not want to have such good vibes in their houses at an affordable price. In addition, they are at affordable prices too. Their main aim is to teach these paintings to all those who have interest. And in this process, they end up receiving a lot of positive feedback and a good business too. Apart from these paintings, their paintings also depict the rural life, sceneries, Radha-Krishna and other Gods and Goddesses which a lot of visitors take away as a souvenir.
If you are interested in learning such kind of paintings from them, they will be more than happy to teach you at your convenient dates. If you are excited to make a painting of yours by yourself with these natural colors, you can simply buy from them. They best part of their colors is they never expire. Once they get dry, add water and you are good to go again for your paintings. You can also take a lot of other tips for your paintings. What could be a better souvenir than this that you get guidance from painting experts at free of cost?!
I’m truly eager to use these colors which I bought from them and waiting to start my painting very soon!