Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Same Boat Brother- Bharat Lok Kala Museum

The magnificent Bharat Lok Kala Museum or Bharat Lok Kala Mandal in Udaipur, Rajasthan was established by Padmashree Devilal Samar in the year 1952.

An enchanting folk and tribal arts centre, Bharat Lok Kala Museum was set up for reviving, preserving and promoting folk arts, theatre, culture and showcasing the colorful local traditions of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

The moment you step into the Bharat Lok Kala Museum portico you notice the splendid sculptural representations of Chamunda, Ambamata, Ratna Rebari and Dharmraj made of terracotta by the artists of Molela, a remote village located at a distance of 70 kilometers from Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.

As you step inside the Bharat Lok Kala Museum, Udaipur you see various folk art representations such as Pichwai wall paintings, Phad paintings, Khandas or swords, Mor Chopdas or vanity toilet cases, Pagris or turbans, musical intruments and a wide variety of local folk woodcraft.

Admire colorfully painted masks of deities and folk characters and watch cultural programs that are organized especially at the Bharat Lok Kala Museum auditorium. Watch puppeteers in action and regale Udaipur folk culture as local artists perform at cultural extravaganzas.

Besides the museum, the Bharat Lok Kala Mandal employs researchers who conduct surveys, identify artists and create a platform to bring their folk art talent to the fore. Besides all this, Bharat Lok Kala Mandal conducts activities like folk art photography, recording folk music, publishing books on folk arts and training folk artists.
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