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Rajasthan is a treasure trove of rare arts and crafts that represent the state's rich history and culture — from the phad paintings on cloth that depict the tales of folk heroes, to thewa jewellery that has intricate Mughal motifs engraved on stone, and blue pottery. While many artisans have been able to carry forward their family legacy, others have given up owing to a lack of financial and infrastructural support. Now, with an aim to bring alive the dying crafts of Rajasthan, Princess Diya Kumari of Jaipur — under the aegis of the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust — has put together a two-day exhibition in the Capital, which started on Monday. The exhibition titled "The Treasures of Rajasthan", being held at the Egyptian Embassy, has brought together artisans and craftsmen to showcase jewellery, saris, blue pottery, miniature paintings and block-printed fabric. Kumari says that the exhibition is her way of continuing a family tradition of promoting arts and crafts, which was initiated by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the 18th century.
A Different Debut
The fact that Katrina Kaif's sister, Isabelle, and Anil Kapoor's son Harshvardhan Kapoor are making their acting debut soon is not news. But what is surprising is that they aren't doing so in a Bollywood film. According to reliable sources, they will be seen in a yet-untitled short crossover film directed by Steven Roy Thomas. The film, written by Erica Stair Reddy and Melanie Easton, will feature the two young actors in non-glamourous roles. Few months ago, there was a rumour that Isabelle would be launched in a Bollywood project helmed by Ayan Mukerji and Harshvardhan, in a home production. But like most youngsters, these two also seem to believe in carving their own niche.