Art & Culture
Rajasthan is famous for textiles, semi-precious stones and handicrafts, and for its traditional and colorful art. Rajasthani furniture has intricate carvings and bright colours. Block prints, tie and dye prints, Bagaru prints, Sanganer prints and Zari embroidery are major export products from Rajasthan. The blue pottery of Jaipur is particularly noted.
Each period of history saw its own contribution to the thriving art scene. The history of Rajasthan reveals that the kings and their nobles were patrons of art and crafts and they encouraged their craftsmen in activities ranging from wood and marble carving to weaving, pottery and painting. And art seems to have been an obsession with the inhabitants of this parched landscape.
Culture of Rajasthan also includes Folk Dance and Music. The folk dance and music of Rajasthan are lively, exhilarating, hypnotic and compelling. A part of the eternal appeal of this strange and wondrous land, Rajasthan folk dance and music is a part of life in Rajasthan. Indeed Rajasthan has a very vibrant, highly evolved tradition of performing arts carefully nurtured and sustained over the centuries.
The Miniature Paintings of Rajasthan which had prospered under princely patronage are still reproduced and descendants of the original craftsmen continue to produce miniature masterpieces, retaining their classic elegance . They are often made on hand made paper mythological themes from Ramayana, Krishna Lila, Ragamala, and Geetgovinda are commonly used . In the paintings , Vividly rendered are hills valleys, gardens, palaces, court scenes and religious processions.
Reflecting the colorful Rajasthani culture, Rajasthani clothes have a lot of mirror-work and embroidery. A Rajasthani traditional dress for females comprises an ankle length skirt and a short top, also known as a lehenga or a chaniya choli. A piece of cloth is used to cover the head, both for protection from heat and maintenance of modesty. Rajasthani dresses are usually designed in bright colours like blue, yellow and orange.