Shekhawati in Rajasthan: An Abandoned Legacy

Photo Feature by Prashanth Vishwanathan

The havelis of Shekhawati in Rajasthan are profusely painted with frescoes depicting gods and kings, flowers and arabesques and scenes from everyday life. The technique of Fresco painting in Shekawati was very close to the Italian Fresco technique developed around the 14th century. The havelis were owned by the rich traders of Marwar who have moved on to bigger cities and left their ancestoral homes abandoned.

My first glimpse of the beautiful walls left me floating, like you are on a constant caffeine high, breathtaking, aromatic and adrenaline pumping. An oasis of visual delight in a literal desert, not to mention the monotonous boxes painted white green and brown in our cities. Walking past its lanes, I could hear a sad, sad, long drawn violin piece being played in a slow monotone, screeching at times for attention, moaning its tunes into the night. As the pieces of wall fall apart, the open air museum os Shekawati is still available for all to view.

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Contributed by Prashanth Vishwanathan….

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