Few Cultural aspects of Kishangarh
Kishangarh, once the princely state during the British Raj is located in Ajmer district of Rajasthan. But why are we talking about Kishangarh? Kishangarh is acquiring the record in the World Guinness Book of Record as the largest producer of marble. It is Asia’s biggest marble market having more than 9000 Marble sellers including Marble Supplier, Marble Mines owner, Granite seller and Manufacture, Sand stone Seller and Manufacture, Kota Stone seller, Lime stone seller.
It has got its name from the founder of this place, the Jodhpur prince Kishan Singh in 1609. The very historical and cultural attraction of this place is the Kishangarh style painting “Bani-Thani”. It is said that Bani-Thani is the beautiful depiction of a courtesan, labelled as India’s “Mona Lisa”. It was painted by very renowned artist Nihal Chand during the reign of King Sawant Singh (1748-1764) as a chief painter of his court. He used to capture the romantic and religious passions of his patron Sawant Singh. It is believed that Sawant Singh, also known as Nagari Das got fascinated by the singer and poet of his court and said Nihal Chand to make her painting. He did the spectacular job in it as he was well-known for the depiction of the female form and for the Rajput paintings.
There is one more folklore which goes as she was just an imagination of Sawant Singh. It was in 1952 when Prof. Eric Dickinson discovered it wrapped in a dusty basta. From then, it came into limelight. Normally, people think what “Bani-Thani” means. So, it refers to a woman who is beautiful and wears royal jewelleries and attire. It also disseminates the love of Radha and Krishna, mythological lovers.
The interesting intermix of two cultures is visible in the painting by Gopal Khetanchi in which he has portrayed the Leonardo da Vinci’s creation, “Mona Lisa” in Bani-Thani style. Some says it is the best way to show the exchange of Europe and Rajasthan but some says it is not the right thing to do. Kishangarh has a long back history behind it with much prismatic folklore.