The art and crafts center of Jaipur, Jawahar Kala Kendra is in the full swing of becoming your summer art refuge. With captivating workshops on music and dance, visual arts, caricature making and Junior Summer program, the center is all set to bustle with music and other arts throughout the day.
With all these artistic goings-on, the Jawahar Kala Kendra’s creative architecture has again caught the eye with its sheer brilliance. Built-in 1993 by the plan developed by celebrated architect Charles Correa, the center is dedicated to India’s first Prime Minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru.
The unique structure of the building is based on Indian astronomy concept of Nav Graha or nine planets. Furthermore, the center also resembles its housing city Jaipur with its discreet square-grid pattern.
The vast structure of the art center contains six exhibition galleries, an open-air theatre, auditoriums, library, art studio, dormitories and a cafeteria. All these various parts of the center also have their unique features that run in the harmony of their corresponding positions in the Navgraha design. For example, Jupiter section, the planet known to denote wisdom and knowledge houses Library, and the Lunar section a cafeteria, which also portrays less revealed aspects of Indian astronomy.
The interior décor of the JKK is as captivating, if not more, as its fundamental structure. The mesmerizing Jain Murals, Rajasthani art, and the newly added wall painting of E. Alkazi all bespeak the artistic vision (both classical and contemporary), which the center was built to promote.
Apart from the chief building of the Jawahar Kala Kendra, the premises of the center also hold a rural complex named Shilpgram. The place remains reserved as a venue for the occasional fairs and Haat bazaars that are organized within the complex. The Shilpgram, keeping in pace with the sophisticated structure of the main building also holds six huts, each denoting different regions of Rajasthan like Braj for Bharatpur, Hadoti for Kota, Tribal for Dungarpur, Desert for Bikaner and Barmer, Shekhwati for Sikar and center for state capital Jaipur.