Rajasthan

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Lopamudra Talukdar
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Tiggy Allen
The British and other Western colonial powers often used ‘great exhibitions’ to showcase the ‘splendours’ of their colonies as they saw them—strange and exotic. But, as we find, in the famous Jaipur Exhibition of 1883—under the patronage of Maharaja Madho Singh II—the nature of exhibition…
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Chandramolle Modgil
A close look at the Rajput warrior’s celebrated weapons, now preserved in museums and forts of the Rajputana states. Sahapedia’s eclectic selection aims to give an interesting insight into not only the various influences on weapon development but also into the world of ceremonial versus functional…
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Laura Marsolek
The impressive painting of nineteenth-century Jodhpur Maharaja Takhat Singh is prominently displayed at the Umaid Bhawan Palace. While many might have seen reproductions of the painting, not many know how the portrait marks a significant change in the art of portraiture among the Rajputana royalty…
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Nishita Banerjee
For 40 days in the year, an entire village in Rajasthan’s Mewar region loses itself in the celebrations of the mother goddess, Gavari. We train the spotlight in this unique festival in which all members of the local Bhil tribe come together to perform a mystical dance and music drama like none…
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Tiggy Allen
Of one of the strangest places for a craft to be revived, the Jaipur Central jail played a key part in the revival and protection of the art of hand-woven carpets. A Mughal import into India, colonial influence over the Indian subcontinent by the 1850s had shrunk traditional crafts like carpet…
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Aparna Andhare
Gift-giving has always played an importance role in cementing relationships. Here, we look at relationships of the political kind. The extravagant presentation by Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II of Jaipur to the visiting Prince of Wales in February 1876 was as much a portrayal of Dhundaar as an…
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Tania Chatterjee
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Shatabdi Chakrabarti
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Tiggy Allen
Seemingly out of place in the durbar hall of the Junagarh Fort Museum in Bikaner, the DH.9 (de Havilland) bomber from World War I takes pride of place. Tracing the journey of how this war relic made its way to India, we take a ride with the camel cavalry of Maharaja Ganga Singh, a deep dive into…
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