There is a disconnect with art in India, said the princesses of Kishangarh, Jhabhua and Panna at the three-day Art-e-Fair held in Ahmedabad.
Art-e-fair is a platform that unites artists, galleries and connoisseurs in a cohesive environment of art appreciation. The third edition of Art-e-Fair brought forth the Royal Canvas, where four princesses displayed their artwork.
Speaking about her journey, princess Vaibhavi Kumari of Kishangarh said, “Art is personal for me as it comes from a long generation. We have Kishangarh School of Miniature Paintings, which is 350-years old. After studying my masters, I realised that there is a discnonect in India when it comes to Pichwai paintings and there is no patronage. Patronage means to create new things and to patronise local artisans to rise above circumstances. However, I see a lot of copying of traditional design. That is how the entire concept germinated and we decided to create an art studio. Unfortunately, people are not doing traditional arts any more and I am trying to revive the same by working with local artists.”
For princess Nandini Singh of Jhabhua, her journey with art started when she bought her first art from her first salary.
She says, “I am not an artist but I started collecting Indian folk art many years ago. Jhabhua is a tribal dominated region and when I went back after 14 years to Jhabhua from abroad, a couple of artists walked into our palace and invited me to their houses. When I visited them, I saw very interesting work of Gond art. Gond is extremely popular in the West but in India, people do not connect with any form of folk art and it is disturbing. I do not know where we are lacking.”