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The drawing department of the college was established in 1962 and post graduation classes commenced from 1981-82. Since then, the department has been recognized due to its achievements and working. The faculty members of the department are well known due to their contribution in different fields of art and hence gained fame at the national and international level. Nathdwara is well known due to Shrinathji temple and lacs of tourists do visit here annually. Many of the alumni of the department have been associated with art and painting for income generation and employment activities. Shri Om Dutt Upadhyay, Shri Basant Kashyap, Dr. Shankar Sharma and many teachers have been honoured from Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur, Rajasthan. Molela Art has been recognised at the world level due to pioneering work of Dr. Gagan Bihari Dadhich. Shri Yugal Kishor Sharma and Late Dr. Vishnu Mali. Continuing their legacy, the dynamic faculty of the department has also gained many awards of the national and international level. The faculty of the department has continuously been participating in various shows, kala exhibitions and competitions at local (Molela), district, state (Student’s Exhibition Jaipur Karnival), national (Takhmal Kala Workshop; Bombay Art Society Award) and international level (Manikarnika Online International Art Exhibition, Camel Art Foundation, Raja Ravi Verma International Award, IAC International Art Contest). Shri Abdul Rashid had participated in the International Dargah Kala Pradarshini/Exhibition. He also got a position amongst top 10 artists in the Ist International Vineale, 2019. Dr. Chetna Tickkiwal got an award in the women category of International Kalaparv, Tonk. Dr. Shankar Sharma of the department got Gold Medal from Raja Ravi Verma International Award in Online Exhibition and Award Program organized by Lalit Kala, Assam; Medal of Appreciation, International Kala Academy; Michelangelo Award for Creators Collective, Mumbai and Rajshree Birla Foundation Award by 130th Akhil Bhartiy Kala Pradarshini organized by Bombay Art Society. He was also honoured by receiving Padma Shri Kripal Singh Award from Kalavritt Jaipur. The textbook Bhartiya Chitrakala and Murti kala ka Itihaas was authored by Dr. Vandana Joshi. Her painting was selected in the National Kalidas Chitra and Sculpture Exhibition. Dr Joshi has to her credit the reference books like Nathdwara Chitra Shelly, Turra Kalangini (Mewar Ka Lok Natya), Mewar ki Lok Kala: Fad, ChitraKoot Mewar ke Patt: Kanwad, Aapari Veerangana (Story Collection). It is a pleasure to mention here that all the faculty members of the Department have the Ph.D. degree. Recently Dr. Preshika Dwivedi of the department has acquired her doctoral degree on the topic Indian Morden Drawing.
Apart from regular teaching, the department has been pioneering in its initiative to train students in various art and skill activities and workshops and generating self-employment avenues through skill workshops for the students:
In 2018-19, a four-day workshop on Pichvai, a form of painting, was organized from 26.11.2018 to 29.11.2018. About 21 students were trained by the renowned traditional artist of Udaipur, Shri Ganesh Kumar Gaur, in Pichwai Paintings. The minute details and aspects of Pichwai Art were taught to the students. Dr. Shankar Sharma, Assistant Professor, Drawing and Painting coordinated the workshop along with YDC. The students prepared about 40 paintings which were demonstrated on the last day in the exhibition of the workshop.
On 21st July 2019, the drawing department organized a national level workshop “Rang Malhaar” in Molela. A workshop “Water Colour” was also organized at Nau Chowki Paal, Rajsamand on 3rd and 4th October 2019. On 8th December 2019, a workshop “Terracotta” was also organized in Studio 25, Molela, by the same department.
The 2020-21 was the year of the corona pandemic. In continuation to its early practices, the drawing department organized a five days workshop under the Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to impart quality training to the students under the mentorship of Dr. Gagan Bihari Dadhich and esteemed leadership of Principal Dr. Monika Rot and Head, Drawing department, Dr. Chetna Tickkiwal and convener, Dr. Shankar Sharma.
The series of consistent activities opened doors of career and job opportunities for the students.
Contribution of the students:
The students participated in a poster making competition organized under the Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The program was convened by Dr. Bhawana Shrimali. Chitra Sanadya and Diksha Sanchihaar got the Ist and IInd prizes consequently.
A Virtual Exhibition on conona Awareness was organized in 2020 in which the MA students participated very enthusiastically.
Beautiful wall painting of ‘Shrinathji Ke Mukharvind and Alankaran’ in front of the Principal Chamber was done by the students under the guidance of Dr. Bhawana Shrimali. And the Varli paintings also made.
On the initiative of the Principal Dr. Karuna Joshi, a unique custom has been initiated under which all the departments of the college have used beautiful paintings from the dead stock of unused paintings of the drawing department for their beautification.
Awards to the students in different Competitions and Exhibitions
Ayan Haldar got the Bronze Award from Raja Ravi Verma International Society, Lalit Kala Kendra Assam.
Chitra Sanadya got 3rd position in Rajsamand in the poster competition on Voter Awareness topic.
Lokesh Lohar got Gold Medal of Drawing Department for the session 2019-20.
Hurdles and Limitations
The cost of colour and canvas is increasing day by day. And it is difficult for the students to bear the cost. So, proper budget and sponsorships are required.
Message oriented paintings will be displayed by different types of arts.
Sponsorships will be arranged.
Employment generation workshops will be planned for exhibition cum sale purposes.
In near future, the drawing and painting camps will be organized on different themes whereby the participation of students of different streams of the college will be encouraged.