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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

THE MINIATURE ART:

The state of Rajasthan, India, besides being known for its rich royal history, havelis, forts and palaces is also the home of miniature art. Mostly the miniature art depicts the royal processions, besotted royal couples, hunting expeditions, Lord Krishna’s mythological stories. Very few artists dare to create erotic art and those who do, do so in explicit details. I happened to see those paintings but since I can not upload any content which is ‘adult only’ hence I chose these miniature paintings for this photo challenge.

THE ARTIST: Mr. Kanu Swami

The artist : Kanu SwamiMr. Kanu Swami has known fame well now. Besides creating the miniature art of animals, trees, royal processions etc. he is well-known for the erotic miniature art which he keeps under wraps and shows it off or sells only to the genuinely interested people. He says, “People don’t understand the beauty and do not let me paint in peace”. He has sold a complete set of twelve paintings titled ” Kamasutra” for INR 15000 each to an European gentleman who visited his shop within the premises of Jaisalmer Fort. Despite fame and fortune he is quite a humble artist. He though able to afford a better bigger studio/ gallery for his work, is quite happy with his small shop cum work desk.

A little of my art too:

My vanity got the better of me and I am tempted to show off a few of my art work too. 🙂 So here I am with three of my drawings too. The prompt says “Art is not just paintings or sculpture….” but I couldn’t let this opportunity go without flaunting my handiwork.

Art in the nature: The nature is full of beautiful shapes, colors, sizes of flora and fauna. If we really take out time to sit back and appreciate what the nature has to offer, we are dumbstruck by the sheer variety. I got a few leaves, flowers, grass etc framed to capture the beauty and nature’s ‘work of art‘ .

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Abandoned

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These are the pictures of “KULDHARA” , Rajasthan (India). The entire town was abandoned by the residents and they vanished overnight from the town in mysterious circumstances around 18th century.

The local folk-lore is that the village occupied by the Paliwal Brahmins was being harassed by king or the regional chieftain for excess taxes. The king also set his eyes on the village chief’s daughter. However the king’s reputation of being a womanizer did not make him an ideal candidate for the lovely damsel. The villagers abandoned the village in the darkest hour of the night and cursed the king. The king sent his men to find them but to no avail….they had vanished into thin air leaving all their belongings, cattle, utensils etc.

The ruins of Kuldhara suggest that it was a well planned prosperous village with wide roads running in cardinal directions and dividing the town into domestic and commercial sections with a temple(which also has been renovated to give a glimpse of the villagers’ lifestyle) in the center of town. There were step-wells and separate parking spaces for the carts. Kuldhara consisted of 84 villages and all of them just disappeared one night. The stories of the ruins being haunted also prevail. The site now under Architectural Survey of India is being developed as tourist attraction.

Kuldhara lies some 15km west of Jaisalmer, another fort city of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is well-connected by road and rail to bigger towns like Jodhpur and Jaipur.

Also read:

http://undiscoveredindiantreasures.blogspot.in/2012/04/kuldhara-story-is-one-of-weirdest-and.html

http://www.lakshmisharath.com/2013/10/31/halloween-special-kuldhara-haunted-village-near-jaisalmer/