Essay


Expression of thoughts and emotions through various mediums of art has been the way the human race has grown and evolved over the centuries. Artistic expressions, influenced by elements of nature and the cultural nuances of each society, have long been the reflection of life. The path to the modern future is illuminated with endeavors of a humble past. Such is the curiosity to know more about the vast treasury of accomplishments by the human race that we have delved deep into the cave drawings of our ancestors and found entire galleries in them. Fast forward to the prehistoric artists of Lascaux Cave who left behind their marks of creativity more than 14,000 years ago and we realize how much the world have evolved over the ages. The purpose for such creations has changed from then, from being produced for utility purposes in various cults and rituals to being a work of art that provides and element of beauty for the human race. From scribbles that helped maintain records to providing insights from the past to inspire the future.

Up until the mind 19th century, the rulers and barons of India commissioned the construction of grand structures such as fortresses, palaces, temples, cenotaphs etc. as a display of their riches.

The great era of painted havelis and temples started in the mid 19th century and carried on well into the mid 20th century, as Marawari merchants became great patrons of the art of fresco and used it as an expression of their rising status . During this time, in Nawalgarh, there grew a peculiar symbiosis between the Rajpurts and the Marwari merchants. The merchants were drawn in by the safe have offered by the Rajputs and in return the merchants offered finances to maintain that security. This proved to be a source of great prosperity for the town as the trading convoys and caravans moved about freely without feeling threatened through out trading routes between the Gujarat coast and Delhi as well as the southern Silk Route between the Middle East and China.More...

This affluence was also due to subsequent historical and social development that supported Nawalgarh's domain on several crucial trade routes. The prosperity of the wealthy merchants was reflected in the form of a colorful representation of art displayed boldly across the region. In 1900 A.D., Shri Jairamdas Morarka commissioned the construction of the Morarka Haveli, Being a great connoisseure and patron of art himself, the haveli showcases fine examples of art and architecture and has since been considered a landmark in Nawalgarh. This artistic lineage is further affirmed and expressed by hi descendant Shri Kamal Morarka, who has not only restored and conserved this fine heritage building, but hs also opened its doors to the world.

Today, the haveli stands as a museum open for all to rediscover the ageless past and appreciate painted expressions of an era that has remained largely unseen. Furthermore, Shri Kamal Morarka has created a functional platform for experts to continuously work on field at the haveli and devise effective conservation strategies to preserve the architecture and the painted art from. It also helps to periodically organise workshops for spreading awareness and most importantly to instill a feeling of pride in the regions's multi faceted heritage. -