Jaipur Kala Chaupal


‘Our Body Our Hands’

My whole life is mine, but whoever says so
will deprive me, for it is infinite.
The ripple of water, the shade of the sky
are mine; it is still the same, my life. 

No desire opens me: I am full,
I never close myself with refusal-
in the rhythm of my daily soul
I do not desire-I am moved; 

by being moved I exert my empire,
making the dreams of night real:
into my body at the bottom of the water
I attract the beyonds of mirrors…

-Rainer Maria Rilke


Opportunity for Artistic Collaborations
On the theme of water

During the participating festival artists can call upon various references:

Mapping of the terrain- rivers, oceans, pools, deserts and mountains weather- dry, wet, hot cold
safe and secure waters
damaged waters –debris
under the water –coral reefs, sea creatures and plants,
sacred and holy waters- ancient and now
blessed and purified waters – ambishekham, Prasad
bathing and birthing rituals
the sound of water
sustenance for the body and all living things
the essence of food- growing and preparation
traveling in rivers, oceans, paddies, glaciers
global consciousness –gravity, energy, infinite, calming, cyclical
natural disaster –hurricanes, monsoons, tsunamis
disasters due to lack of water
thirst and hunger.

Water necessity, paucity and pollution are concerns in various degrees across the Indian diaspora.

Resource/skill sharing creating collaborations and showcasing learnings between indigenous and contemporary artists. We seek to share contemporary tools, techniques, iconography and imagery with local and distant artisans to broaden and modernize their work. We seek to expose gifted contemporary artists from within and without India to ancient tools and techniques, imagery and iconography to broaden their work horizons.


Platform of Creative Explorations and Conversations

‘As we, each one, are stewards of our water resources, we look towards
engaging ourselves in artistic action that can address local water issues and
concerns. As artist professionals and festival participants, that search may
mirror water issues metaphorically with our own hands, and/or pro-actively
may spur research and understanding of the concerns of the local environment
and beyond.’

Talks by participating Artists.
Talks by Conservationists
Film & Photo Essays on Water symbols, Associations in Art
Art Exhibits
Seminars on Art Appreciation & Information
Workshops & Displays by Artisans (Meena Art, Mandanas, Art forms linked with Daily Life)
Art Interactions for Students
Panel Discussions by Art Historians & Experts
Art for Healing- The Alchemy Vessel Project
Music & Theatre performances


The Festival with a difference

Jaipur Kala Chaupal hopes to create a nurturing environment where the artists
can explore a freedom of self expression and delve into the deeper recesses of
their minds. The festival in its inception year 2017 is very proud to host ‘The
Alchemy Vessel Project’ by Shanti Norris, Retired, Co-Founder and ex-Executive
Director, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Washinton DC.


The Alchemy Vessel Project

Alchemical Vessels encourages visitors to engage in an important dialogue
about healing and transformation through the arts, by displaying bowls made
in the visage of each artist’s personal aesthetic and medium. Collectively, the
bowls draw inspiration from ideas about holding, open communities, circles of
care, sacred spaces, nourishment, and alchemical vessels.
It requires all the participating artists to pour themselves into the vessels provided
and at the end of the Residency the project will be showcased as part of
the Exposition.