Mandana paintings on paper sheets


With an objective of documentation and preservation of Mandana we have got replicated the Mandana paintings on paper. These have been directly painted by the Meena women themselves maintaining their original style. These Mandana have been replicated on brown papers which gives a feel of the original ambience of Mandana works done on walls and floors of the kuccha (mud) houses. The collection of these stands to about two-hundred paintings done on large size brown sheets of paper ranging from 3 to 12 feet in length. This collection features the diversity in Mandana paintings executed by the women artists from different villages of Tonk and Sawai Madhopur districts of Rajasthan over a period of six years.









Meena woman artist painting Mandana on brown paper.










Photographs and A/V on Mandana

There is digitalized collection of some ten-thousand photographs and transparencies of Mandana featuring the regional variations and characteristics. This also includes collection of Mandana done by other tribes and communities residing in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.


There is video documentation of the process of making Mandana during the Diwali festival. Out of this collection one of the film titled ‘Creativity of Meena Women’ has been produced by UGC-EMRC-Jodhpur.


Photographs of Meena tribe

This collection features important life activities, life-style, fair and festivals, ceremonial occasions of the Meena tribe. Majority of this collection covers the Sawai Madhopur, Tonk and Karoli districts of Rajasthan.


Audio-video collection

There are audio and video recordings of song traditions popular in eastern Rajasthan like the Ram-Rasia and Ramji-ke-geet, both sung by the women; Kanniya, Pad and Ghot sung by the men. Other then the Meenas these also comprise of the Gujjar and Mali communities residing in this region.  







Group of Meenas singing Kanniya at Kalyanji Fair, Gangapur City, Sawai Madhopur.





Genealogical records

We have audio-video recordings of interviews and genealogical narration of family lineages, different gotra and history of Meena tribe narrated by the Jaga (genealogist) of Meenas. With an objective of preservation of these genealogical records we have prepared digitalized copies of Jaga-ke-pothi (handwritten manuscripts of genealogies) maintained by the Jagas. The project is supported by Rupayan Sansthan-Jodhpur and Department of Culture, Govt. of India.









Jaga reciting genealogies at his Jajman (patrons) house.











Goth: Bagrawaton-ke-katha (an oral epic on Devnarayan’s life)

We have audio-video recording of an important oral tradition called ‘Goth’ sung by both Gujjar and Meena communities together residing in eastern Rajasthan. It illustrates the heroic deeds of Devnarain and his forefathers called ‘Bagrawat’. Devnarayan is revered as incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was born to the chief of Bagrawat, Chauhan Sawai Bhoj around 1243 AD. His mother Sadu Mata belonged to Malwa and was daughter of the ruler of Malwa.  


Bagrawat Devnarayan epic is of great reverence sung at the shrine of folk deity ‘Bhaironjee’ on particular auspicious days. It has originated out of an inspiring objective episode. Its performance becomes interesting due to inclusion of the life of the characters, their problems, their love, cruelty, struggle, sacrifice, prowess and emotional feelings.



Group of Gujar and Meena men singing goth at shrine of Bhaironjee, Sawai Madhopur.