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As some wise man said, “Art is something that doesn’t need to be confined within four walls, it’ll be as great as it is allowed to fly.”

Today, too many people try to come up with a contemporary art definition but it’s quite a troublesome task. While its title is simplistic and straightforward, its modern-day meaning is not precise. Fortunately, understanding what constitutes as “contemporary” is entirely possible once when one traces the concept’s history and explores its underlying themes.

What is contemporary art?

In the most basic sense, the term contemporary art refers to art mainly, painting, sculpture, photography, installation, performance, and video art today. Though seemingly simple, the details surrounding this definition are often a bit fuzzy, as different individuals’ interpretations of “today” may widely and vividly vary.

The Department of Visual Arts is one of such esteemed institutions which is providing the students with a world-class education in the field of visual arts. The department has successfully completed its 50 years. Some of the prominent professors of Rajasthan Contemporary Art are its alumni and the department is still operating under their high-class experience.

Various open art workshops are organized where the renowned artists from all around the globe and hardworking students get a chance to showcase their talents. One such workshop is ‘Udaipur Spring’19’ which is organized by the department.

The event consisted of 2 workshops, the canvas painting workshop was organized from 24th to 28th Feb 2019 whereas 19th to 28th was the workshop for scrap sculpture workshop.

40 Canvas painting and 10 Modern Art Scrap Sculpture were made during the workshop. The sculptures and the paintings that were made during the 10-day workshop speaks for the event’s success itself. Everyone was eager to contribute their bit to create something exemplary. Regardless of gender, female students showed some exemplary skills as well.

Around 50 eminent artists from all over the globe were invited to take part in the 10-day workshop

2 International Artists, 10 National Artists and 32 to 35 alumni’s of the department participated in the event.

The Artists were:

  • Clemens Sou, Vienna
  • Katherine Karlsoon, Denmark
  • Bhupesh Kavdia, Naseem Ahmed, Dinesh Upadhyay, Sandeep Paliwal, Rokesh Kumar Singh – Udaipur
  • Alay Mistri, Arpit Biloriya, Tahir Merchant – Ahmedabad
  • Hansraj Kumawat, Jaipur
  • Gagan Bihari Dhadich, Nathdwara

Prof. Hemant Dwivedi head of the Department of Visual Arts, MLSU wishes to carry forward the legacy which has been bestowed in his hand and also plans to organize an International Camp very soon.


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What all to take away from Udaipur with just ₹500?

Udaipur has always enchanted us with its beauty and it becomes next to impossible to forget once you have been here. Such is the charm of the city that people often refer to this place as the ‘Kashmir of Rajasthan’ or ‘Venice of the East’. No wonder why this city is compared with some of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Visiting this majestic city surely is one-of-a-kind experience but what really strengthens this experience are the memories of Udaipur and more so in the form of collectibles, antiques, handicrafts, jewelry, wearables and many more items. Udaipur has been gifted with a rich history and unlike any other place, puts it on with pride, in the form of some famous intricate artworks and keepsakes that have since long, become the popular choice for reviving the royal Rajputana feel and a chance to reanimate the luxurious lifestyle of the ancestors of Mewar. And not just this, these things are nowadays used to decorate houses and other places as well.

But ‘the paradox of choice’ is as true as it gets and Udaipur is filled up to the brim with loads of varieties of items to take and one often gets confused as to what to buy and what to leave behind. Additionally, a substantial amount of money is what it usually costs to buy these items because things can get really expensive sometimes.

But as they also say, ‘Hakuna Matata’, or simply, ‘Don’t worry!!!’ because we have got your back and here we are with the list of some of the best items to take away from our beautiful city of lakes and what else, when you just have ₹500 to shell!? Wait, what!? Yes!

Here’s the list of items you can check out and take away without having to make a hole in your pocket:

  1. Refrigerator Magnets:

These are one of the best things you can take when you travel to a new city. It makes all the more sense if you are an avid traveler and love to see how many places you have visited yet! Have a look at some of these available here. Aren’t they beautiful?

What all to take away from Udaipur with just ₹500?

Estimated cost – ₹20/- onwards

Shop at – Taiyabi Handicrafts Emporium, 123-G, Pannadhay Marg, Hathipole, Udaipur

  1. Marble items:

Udaipur, apart from its palatial beauty and grandeur, is known for Marbles and you can easily find items made out of them in the local markets here. The marble industry employs a large population of the city and is one major business of Udaipur. Some really popular ones are mortar, pestle, lamp stand, incense stick holder and God idols. Have a look at some of these!

What all to take away from Udaipur with just ₹500?

Estimated cost – ₹50 onwards/-

Shop at – Jharokha, Rajasthan Art Industries, 123-J, Hathipole, Udaipur

  1. Wall hanging:

These are the popular choice for tourists visiting Udaipur as they provide a distinctive look to your house and have a Rajasthani feel to it. These are made out of copper, wood, etc. They are often considered good for Vastu too. Have a look at some these here.

What all to take away from Udaipur with just ₹500?

Estimated cost – ₹100/- onwards

Shop at – Taiyabi Handicrafts Emporium, 123-G, Pannadhay Marg, Hathipole, Udaipur

  1. Wooden Handicrafts:

The most popular item of choice for tourists and commonly available at Hathipole bazaar are the wooden handicrafts that have a range of objects from key chains to sculptures and mannequins. These are locally produced in and around Udaipur employing a large rural population which has now become professionally skilled and have passed this on to the succeeding generations. Take a look at some of these here! (These are available in different sizes and can be as small as the palm of the hand and as big as your height.)

What all to take away from Udaipur with just ₹500?

Estimated cost – ₹50/- onwards (for mannequins and handicrafts) ₹10/- onwards (for keychains)

Shop at – Taiyabi Handicrafts Emporium, 123-G, Pannadhay Marg, Hathipole, Udaipur

  1. Ittar (Perfume):

‘Ittar’, ‘Attar’, or ‘Itra’ is known world-over for its aroma and largely believed to treat numerous health disorders. It has been a part of the cultural lifestyle of our predecessors for decades. These are made by plants and flowers or a mixture of oil and herbs. Udaipur is famous for Gulaab Ittar (Rose perfume), Mogra (Arabian Jasmine) and Harsingar Ittar (Night Jasmine) and is commonly available in small bottles. Take a look!

What all to take away from Udaipur with just ₹500?

Estimated cost – ₹50/- onwards

Shop at – Prince Perfume Centre, Opp. Hathipole, Udaipur

  1. Rajasthani dresses:

Any trip to Rajasthan is incomplete without at least a photo in our local attire. Rajasthani traditional dresses are available at Hathipole market and are in major demand as they give a unique look to a person. Take a look at this Kedia dress here!

What all to take away from Udaipur with just ₹500?

Estimated cost – ₹200/- onwards

Shop at – Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Opp. Hathipole Gate, Udaipur

  1. Bandhani saris and dupatta:

If you were thinking how all the dresses are only meant to be worn by men then you are mistaken. We have something in store for all the females too. The ‘Bandhani’ is a type of tie-dye textile whose origin dates back to the 6th century where Bandhani dots can be seen in paintings and are extremely popular among Rajasthanis. Commonly known as Bandhej, it involves dyeing a fabric and tying it tightly with threads at several points which results in patterns like Chandrakala, Shikari, Bavan Baug, etc. The main colors used are yellow, red, blue, green and black. Take a look at some pieces from Udaipur’s local market here.

What all to take away from Udaipur with just ₹500?

Estimated cost – ₹100 onwards/- (available at different costs for different fabrics)

Shop at – Bandhej Art Plaza, 76, Behind Urban Bank, Hathipole, Udaipur

  1. Jewellery:

Rajasthan is one of the culture capitals of India and the jewelry here is drool worthy! Locally crafted jewelry can be found in shops at the old city market in Udaipur and are quite a choice among women as they provide a gorgeous look and have pretty unusual designs. Popular options include bajubandh, nath and long, rakhdi, bangadi or acrylic kade (bangles), surliya or earrings with kundan work, etc. Here’s an example!

What all to take away from Udaipur with just ₹500?

Estimated cost – ₹50/- onwards (for earrings) ₹200 onwards (for bangles and other items)

Shop at – Gujarat Jewelers, Hathipole, Udaipur

  1. Pagri and other Rajasthani accessories:

Traditionally, the turban is called ‘Pagri’, ‘Paag’ or ‘Saafa’ and it was then worn by Rajput families at rituals and special occasions. The way of tying a turban changes every few kilometers in Rajasthan and varies from tribe to tribe! Nowadays this tradition has been reduced to villagers but still remains an amazing experience for the tourists. Also, delicately designed women’s handbags (or jholas) and purses are some popular choice among tourists with varied Rajasthani designs of elephants, horses, depict the rich cultural heritage with colorful details. Here, take a look!

What all to take away from Udaipur with just ₹500?

Estimated cost – ₹120/- onwards (pagris) ₹50/- onwards (purse and handbags)

Shop at – Hathipole market, Udaipur

  1. Jootiya/Mojari:

Jootiya/Mojari is a traditional footwear ethnic to Rajasthan and is a hot favorite among both men and women. They symbolize the royal culture of Rajasthan since they were worn by Rajput kings and queens. Here’s how beautiful they look!

What all to take away from Udaipur with just ₹500?


Estimated cost – ₹200/- onwards

Shop at – Mojri Collection, Panna Dhay Marg, Hathipole, Udaipur

  1. Earthen clay items:

They are commonly available in the old city market and also at Shilpgram. The utensils made with usually depict the old-style cooking and are usually considered better than food cooked in the utensils we use nowadays. They are made up of earthen clay and can be still seen in use in villages. There are other items available as well. Here’s how they look!

What all to take away from Udaipur with just ₹500?

Estimated cost – ₹50/- onwards

Shop at – Shilpgram, Udaipur

These things would surely make your confusion a little less confusing and you take the best of things you can without digging your pocket! We hope your stay in Udaipur becomes a memorable one for life.

All the best!

We hope you liked the collection of items and we would love to see more such things. Please comment down below with your suggestions and anything that you think we might have forgotten! 

Have a great day. Thank you!






Sindhupare: A Mixed-Media Art Exhibition starts Today

Sindhupare is a Bengali word that literally means “beside the sea“. The name has been derived from the famous poem Sindhupare by ‘Thakur’ Rabindra Nath Tagore. It is a Mixed-Media Art Exhibition. This Tagore Art Installation Project
 is to be held at Udaipur, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Jaipur, and Mumbai. The Udaipur based theatre company ‘Out of Cocoon’ is opening this mixed-media art exhibition under the creative direction of Jarka Heller (UK) and Anne Visboel (Denmark). The event is supported by West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC), as part of the Indian Government’s Tagore Commemoration Grant Scheme (TCGS). The Inaugural event is to be held at Sculpture Korte, 125-A Ambamata Scheme, opp. Aurvedic College, Udaipur today, and the free event will run from 5 – 13 February 2012, daily at 6-9 p.m.


The Tagore poem ‘Sindhupare’ (Beside the Sea) is used as the inspiration for artistic creations from international sculptors, artists, actors and composers. Their creative works have been integrated into a ‘life journey’ following the path of the poem. Visitors will be introduced to Sindhupare through exhibits that touch all five human senses, allowing them to experience the depth and beauty of this profound example of Tagore’s work.

Therefore, the art lovers and Tagore fans should not miss this opportunity to visit the exhibition.


Article By: Dan Lane