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Art Story

In 1952 the art school was closed down and all handicrafts vanished from the scene including blue pottery. Over the years the craft was kept alive by her Highness Gayatri Devi who widely promoted Blue Pottery.

She revived this craft by understanding, experimenting and then disseminating the skills to the unemployed youth of the nearby villages such as Kot Jewar, Mehla, Mohana, Sanganer, Jamdoli and Neota, etc. The efforts of the Kala Kendra were futhered by the training centre of Neota Development Association, an agency established by Birlas in the village Neota. The craft received a much needed boost in the 1962s when Smt. Kamla Devi Chattopadhya, the President of the all India Handicrafts Union asked to Shri Kripal Singh Shekhawat as internationally renowned artist to open a school for Indian Art and Paintings. One section was assigned to Blue Pottery. He was appointed as an incharge of Shilpa Kala Kendra and raised the bar.

The Jaipur story is much clearer. Man Singh (1550- 1614) was the first to bring the art of blue pottery to Jaipur subsequent to his interaction with the Mughals and through his campaigns in Afghanistan. This was possibly temporary. The second Maharaja who brought the art from Delhi was Ram Singh (1835- 1880).

The extensive use of Blue Pottery tiles in mosques of Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and historical monuments of India talk about the journey undertaken by this craft to finally settle down in Jaipur due to Royal patronage in the early 19th century.

Des Rangeela, works to contribute a share on revival of Indian art and providing sustainable livelihoods to Indian artisans, with a mission to establish Craft production Units and bringing suitable products of your taste that have a heritage and love from India!

Artist Story

Despite of low income, the respect received for being an artist gives happiness to Ramniwas dada and he says

Money received is less and being an M. A he could take up other job. But the love and respect he gets from people when they see his art makes him feel happy so he always wants to continue being an artist. Happiness and respect over money, Ramniwas dada is truly a national asset of India.