Rajasthan is a world unto itself. Even if it were to exist in isolation, it would have every imaginable hue and shade of the universe. The people, the structures, the colourful way of life—all conspire to conjure the heritage of an incredibly beautiful land. Avid lensman Girish Agarwal, who is also Promoter Director of the Dainik Bhaskar Group, captures the true essence of the desert during a sojourn coinciding with the famous Pushkar Mela.
The ongoing ‘Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India’ exhibition in America chronicles treasures spanning nearly four centuries from the Marwar-Jodhpur kingdom of Rajasthan. MARWAR brings you a photo essay that offers glimpses of the objects of Indian courtly life on display, most of which have never left India, until now.
Jodhpur, in Rajasthan, has earned the sobriquet ‘Blue City’ from Brahmapuri, a small and ancient settlement of Brahmins within the city. Brahmapuri is distinguished by its electric blue and azure structures, which are distinctly visible from the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. Sugato Mukherjee wanders through labyrinths to capture stunning glimpses of this ‘azure city’. MARWAR presents a selection of the photographer’s works.
The Dholpur Light Railway was commissioned in 1906 by Maharaja Rana of Dholpur to transport red sandstone from Chambal to Delhi. Parth Jha boards the train that runs on a narrow gauge before it is developed into a broad gauge section. MARWAR presents a selection of the photographer’s works from the ride that may soon become a part of India’s railway history.
A picture is worth a thousand words. A photgraph, if set against the right light, can create magic. Lensman Raghavendra Kodangala captures the extraordinary in everyday rustic life through his project ‘Light & Dust-Kaleidoscope Rajasthan’. The enchanting photographs bring out the beauty of the sandy terrain even as people go about their daily chores. With the sun’s rays acting as spotlights, particles of dust rise up like floating ballerinas.