Jaipur Tales was organized at ITC Rajputana in association with Prabha Khaitan Foundation to celebrate the 285th Jaipur Foundation Day.
Dr. Chandramani Singh is an art historian and textile expert. She has worked with Benaras Hindu University, the City Palace and Jawahar Kala Kendra and for the restoration of the Jaigarh Fort. Dr. Singh has edited 6 works and authored 9 books including Art Treasures of Rajasthan, Performing Arts of Rajasthan: Lok-Rang and Protected Monuments of Rajasthan.
Dilip Bhatt is a performer of Jaipur’s 250 year old traditional drama, the tamasha form for the last 30 years. He actively participates in plays and nukkad natakas. Dilip is committed to increasing awareness about the tamasha tradition. He is helping ensure this form stays alive by educating new performers about this art form.
Gopal Singh Nandiwal studied Architecture in London and Town & Country Planning from the University of Manchester in 1959. He has worked with the Town Planning Division of the Government of Rajasthan since 1960. He has helped develop the current face of Rajasthan and his handiwork can be seen even in the master-plans of the Pink City.
Jugal Kishore Kumrawat is the owner of Madhobaba Paan & Juice Center, at Chandpol Bazaar. His grandfather founded this shop during the reign of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II. The shop has been running for over a century and has been passed down through four generations in the family.
Satya Narain Natha makes traditional and religious idols in different stones which mainly include marble, granite and sandstone and has worked to popularize local arts such as wooden carving, metal handicraft and blue pottery. He has also worked on projects for the Sultanate of Oman’s palace, Queen Elizabeth II of England, WHO, ILO in Geneva and the Kennedy Memorial in Washington.
Vinod Joshi, a qualified social anthropologist, has extensively researched Rajasthan’s Kalbeliya dance and the lifestyles of the performers. He has worked with local artists to increase awareness of Rajasthani culture. His years of effort and research have contributed deeply towards his current work as the Regional Director of the Rural Arts program at the Jaipur Virasat Foundation.