Jaipur Kala Chaupal

Month: September 2017

India’s Ancient Step Wells

Stumbling Upon A Fantastic Site

I visited Jodhpur for the Rajasthan International Folk Festival with friends couple of years back. And sans family, no place better to stay than the old city near Mehrangarh fort. Meandering along the narrow alleys of Jodhpur, we took a right turn and stumbled upon a large, seemingly upside-down structure with steps all around it and a pond with deep blue water in the middle.

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An Introduction To Water

Water is colourless, and without it life would be colourless.

It is the source of life as well as abundance, its scarcity are both a boon and a bane. Civilizations have originated around water sources, tied to its aggressive nature or they have simply found a way to conserve and survive with a lack of it.

Rajasthan, a desert state is a perfect example, that lacks this very vital source but with one of the oldest rain water-trapping system has managed to build cities around it. There’s always something to learn in the annals of history…. stepwells being just one of those things.

The ingenuity of man over countless years of existence has been in garnering and managing this resource and in recent years not living on respect and harmony of this very
vital
element.

The parable of the thirsty crow is an apt age-old Panchtantra tale that illustrates how, if we apply our minds, we can use simple tools to manage water and meet our personal needs, the needs of the nations and the globe. Every pebble dropped in the vessel made the water level rise.

Similarly, Jaipur Kala Chaupal (JKC) is striving to bring creative minds together to create visual narratives that will celebrate this element in all its forms while causing emphasis on the issues that surround it.