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Rajasthan?s folk tradition on display from today

THE FOLK tradition of historically and culturally rich Rajasthan would be up for viewing and experiencing at a programme ?Maru Prasang? ? based on folk tradition of the state ? to be organised at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya on February 4 and 5.5.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 13:33 IST

THE FOLK tradition of historically and culturally rich Rajasthan would be up for viewing and experiencing at a programme ‘Maru Prasang’ — based on folk tradition of the state — to be organised at the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya on February 4 and 5.5.

The programme, inclusive of a special exhibition on ‘Waterworks of Rajasthan’ and presentations of ethnic cuisine and folk music and dance, is being jointly organised by the Living Heritage Alliance, Bhopal; Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sanghralaya, and Polytechnico Di Bari, Italy.

A special exhibit of the month on ‘traditional clothing of desert region of Rajasthan’ would be on display at the internal museum of the IGRMS.

The ethnic cuisine would be served on both February 4 and 5 in afternoon. The special exhibition on waterworks would be inaugurated at 3 pm on February 5, the popular lecture by Prof Attilio Petruccioli, Dean of the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Bari Polytechnic, Italy, would be delivered at 4 pm on the same day while the folk dances and music would be presented at the open-air theatre on both days from 5 pm onwards.

The exhibition would have on display the photographs and architectural drawings of the water architecture of Rajasthan. The objective of the exhibition is to generate an awareness and subsequent revival of the pre-industrial wisdom and technologies for water conservation, collection and distribution integrated in the traditional architecture of Rajasthan, president of the Living Heritage Alliance, Savita Raje said.

The exhibition of water architecture is part of a research project on the architecture and the cities of the Indian sub-continent at the Faculty of architecture, department of architecture and civil engineering of Bari Polytechnic.

The project was begun in 2002 under the direction of Prof Attilo Petruccioli and has included research on the cities of Bikaner, Amber, Bundi in Rajasthan and Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh, from landscapes to urban structure, from monuments to simple dwellings, hydraulic works to construction and decorative systems.

Bhopal has been chosen for this because Bhopal is a perfect example of a city evolving with water, and has many beautiful baolis (step-wells) besides the man-made lakes, says Savita Raje.

“We need to revive the concept of community living and a respect for the natural elements. The older cities in Europe and different parts of the world too had water bodies developed for daily use of the population, but the waterworks of Rajasthan are unique,” says Prof Attilio Petruccioli.