During my visit to Unbox Festival 2013 - at Zorba, I was particularly drawn towards the Artisan's Node. This is one of the series of the Unbox Festival which I am posting today. The story 'Meena ki Kahani' and the detailed art reconnected me with some forgotten tales, the fading art form and a few of these captivating artisans who keep this tradition alive.
Made By : Dwarka Prasad Jangid a KAWAD Artist
A Kawad is an amazing wooden painted temple, with lots of panels and secret compartments that fold out to tell a story that's narrated in rhythmic pattern by opening successive doors and pointing towards the next painting.
Fascinatingly, the story does not make sense unless the panels are opened int he correct sequence. This is because a fair bit of tricky carpentry has gone into the Kawad - some panels slide out, some swivel on a stick, some open out like drawers, and still some others are fold-outs... And of course, only the Kawadiya Baht knows the secret sequence!
He belongs to Jangid Brahmin Family of Bassi town and was born in 1953. He and his family are traditional Kawad makers. He learnt this art from his father ( Mohanlal Jangid) & his Grandfather (Guruji - Bhuralala Jangid). This tradition has been in their family for over 500 years and is being carried on by his son and daughter - in law now. He does carvings along with painting in Kawad and he's been experimenting a lot with new contemporary styles, while keeping the traditional art intact.
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