Treasures of Rajasthan Season II
The Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust in collaboration with the Embassy of France in India holds inaugural press conference on Treasures of Rajasthan Season II.
A lifestyle exhibition showcasing Rajasthan’s vibrant heritage.
New Delhi, 20th November 2014
To download the copyright free images of the press conference, visit Flickr page of the French Embassy.
The Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust is bringing alive the magic of vibrant Rajasthan with “Treasures of Rajasthan Season II” on 21-22 November 2014. This lifestyle exhibition, encompassing heritage travel, luxury craftwork, and the fine arts, was inaugurated by Smt Vasundhara Raje, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.
On the eve of this remarkable exhibition, H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, hosted a theme-based event, at which Vibhuti Sachdev’s lavishly illustrated book, Festivals at the Jaipur Court (Niyogi Books), was released in the presence of Princess Diya Kumari, Aman Nath, Mr Shailendra Aggarwal, Secretary - Tourism, Rajasthan, and other distinguished guests.
Speaking on the occasion, Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur said,
“The exhibition aims to encourage and revive the state’s languishing arts and crafts and is an extension of my endeavour to not just keep the crafts alive but to also provide a means of livelihood to its practitioners. It is also a continuation of a family tradition of promoting arts and crafts, started way back in the 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II, who set up 36 karkhanas or state-patronized ateliers of different crafts. I feel duty-bound to preserve and promote my cultural inheritance.”
Backing the event, Ambassador Richier said,
“Given the similarities between India and France, with their rich cultural histories, exquisite craftsmanship, and love for heritage, the Embassy of France in India is lending its support to Treasures of Rajasthan Season II. The Embassy will help promote the exchange of ideas in these areas and on the revival of the arts. In future, we also hope to link palaces and forts in Rajasthan with castles, palaces and chateaux in France to take forward our shared interest in the preservation and promotion of our cultural heritage.”
Treasures of Rajasthan Season II is a one-of-a-kind public-private partnership, which enjoys the patronage of Rajasthan Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, along with corporate associates like IndusInd Bank, AUDI, Godrej Consumer Products, DiaColor, Pernod Ricard, The Leela Group of Hotels, amongst others, all of whom have a stake in the economic development of the State.
It is showcasing handpicked textiles and garments using the age-old techniques of leheriya, tie-dye and gota pati, complemented by traditional kundan-polki jewellery and contemporary fashion accessories. Also on display are select handicrafts, objets d’art, hand-tufted carpets, blue pottery, paintings, and lacquer products.
As part of the heritage tourism world, Princess Diya Kumari positions this platform as an apt showcase of the various forts, havelis, and boutique travel destinations that dot Rajasthan and are its hidden, unexplored gems. The exhibition presents them to domestic travellers, who account for 80% of tourism in India, as well as expatriates and foreign travellers.
Treasures of Rajasthan Season II has come alive in the sprawling lawns of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Gate No. 4, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi, on 21st - 22nd November, 2014 from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.