Graphic Designing, Accounts Planning and Social Communication are the many areas Leenika Jacob has worked in. She has worked in multinationals such as J. Walter Thompson and Lowe Lintas on social campaigns like Pulse Polio and Primary Education- Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. She is a mother of three beautiful children and now looks at the Jaipur Kala Chaupal as her new infant.
A self-taught artist who has spent the last two decades in various African countries. Indian born, she has been based primarily in South Africa but has extensively travelled into many African countries. Her works are strongly influenced by African colours and imagery, focused on the people of Africa and their total involvement in their simple day–to-day living. An International artist, she is looking to create International bridges with the Indian arts.
The Diggi Family
Diggi Palace blends the best of royal Indian hospitality with European ‘art de vivre’ is the right environment to nurture the creative energy of the Jaipur Kala Chaupal. The palace was partly converted into a heritage hotel in 1991 by the present owners Rudra Pratap Singh Diggi and Raghav Pratap Singh Diggi, who still live in the palace and also run the hotel. A family vested in the art and culture of Rajasthan. They constantly open their doors to both arts and artists from various parts of the world and are firm believers in the legacy of art, both traditional and contemporary.
We would like to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of the following individuals without whose support Jaipur Kala Chaupal may not have come into being.
Helen Fredrick ( Artist & Curator )
She is recognized as a distinguished artist, curator, educator, coordinator of international projects, and as founder of Pyramid Atlantic, a center for contemporary printmaking, hand papermaking and the art of the book.
Shanti Norris ( Artist & Curator )
Ms. Norris serves as Executive Director of Smith Center for Healing and the Arts – D.C.’s only stand alone cancer support organization. She initiated the Smith Center hospital Artist-in-Residence program and Healing Arts Gallery.
Megha Joshi ( Artist & Curator )
Megha Joshi is an artist from India who’s practice spans Sculpture, installation art and drawing. She studied sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda. From 1996 to 2006 she worked as a set-designer and art director for television and film with over 70 projects to her credit. In 2008 she returned to full time art practice. she has been part of several group shows and residencies in India, Iceland, Scotland etc and in 2014 had her solo “I:Object” in Delhi.
Mrs. Leela Bordia ( Neerja Pottery )
A lively and vibrant persona exemplified – that is what Leela Bordia is all about. One can see the magnitude, grace and fortitude instilled in this powerhouse of a lady who has strived all her life for the upliftment and betterment of her fellow countrymen and has been accredited with reinstating the glory and stature of Blue Pottery – this once upon a time nearly extinct and dying craft form.
Mrs. Raj Kanwar ( Ojjas )
A textile designer with 40 years experience in textile crafts, specializing in Hand Block printing & Vegetable Dyes. Worked for the government in textile crafts for 20 years as a designer in varied capacities. Have worked as a core team member for setting up of the Indian Institute of Crafts & Design in Jaipur, and taught textile craft design as an Associate Proffesor in the same institute. Started ‘OJJAS’ in 1999, specializing in Hand Block Printing and Vegetable Dyes, its a cumilation of my experience in hand crafted textile crafts. Ojjas markets its products both in the domestic and international market. It’s ideology is GREEN in every sense, right from its enviomental practices, like recycling water, water harvesting, conservation of energy and resource, fair wages and building up its human resource, creating awareness about the conservation of its tradition – specially Crafts, through workshops and other means.
Ms. Malvika Singh ( Author & Publisher of Seminar )
Malvika Singh is a publisher of Seminar, a prestigious monthly magazine of ideas and alternatives founded in 1959, as well as a columnist for The Telegraph. She is a publishing consultant with the Academic Foundation and a Commissioning Editor for LIMITED EDITIONS, an imprint of AF. She has written numerous books such as Perpetual City: A Short Biography of Delhi, Bhutan: Through the Lens of the King, New Delhi: Making of a Capital, Delhi: India in One City and Snowdon’s India. She edited Delhi: The First City; Chennai: A City of Change; Hyderabad: A City of Hope; Kolkata: A Soul City; Lucknow: A City Between Cultures; Mumbai: A City of Dreams.
DG Ms. Pooja Sood ( Jawahar Kala Kendra )
Spearhespearheading Khoj in New Delhi, she embraces the new, while as director general of the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur she is focusing on the local culture. The one person who plays an important part in both these organisations is curator and art management consultant, Pooja Sood. The founding member and director of Khoj International Artists’ Association, she was appointed two years ago as the director general (DG) of the JKK.
ADG Ms. Anuradha Singh ( Jawahar Kala Kendra )
Anuradha Singh is the Additional General Director of the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur. After the recent success of Bookaroo (an international children’s literature festival), She is ready to introduce a bigger challenge to the people of jaipur.
Jyotika and Ram Pratap Singhji Diggi ( Residency Hosts )
Diggi Palace now known as The Diggi Palace Hotel is an Indian royal palace located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. It was converted into a heritage hotel, but a part is still occupied by the royal family, which also runs the hotel. The annual Jaipur Literature Festival is held here since 2006. Now they are ready to showcase The Jaipur Kala Chaupal Festival.
Ms. Rashmi Berry ( Brand Story )
Over 20 years experience spread across general management, marketing leadership and management consulting roles. Been largely involved in building businesses and brands from ground up, in a start up to growth phase, across industry sectors. Founded BrandStory Consult, an outsourced strategic branding and marketing consultancy, that partners with brands through the entire brand development cycle from concept evaluation to successful market launch. Previous roles include Chief Marketing Officer at HomeShop 18 ( leading TV shopping & e-commerce player), Business Head at HT Media (Digital, mobile & content business unit), Marketing Head at HT Media (Radio & Digital) and Senior Consultant & Communications Practice Head at Quadra Advisory (a WPP group specialised branding and marketing consultancy).
Kalinika Chauhan ( JKC Team )
Entrepreneur in the field of Event Planning and Management
Recent Work Experience – General Manager – Marketing and Sales at Hotel Diggi Palace
Experience in Festival Planning and Management due to the sheer love of Art, Music and Literature. Struggling Writer.
Savita Kaushik ( JKC Team )
Director and Owner of Four Nine Connect which specializes in consumer outreach programs, events and exhibitions. As a National level athlete and a marathon runner, she finds fresh and challenging avenues to make fitness and health part of her schedule. Extremely passionate about the environment and art as a medium to create cohesive sustainability for responsible living.