Story of Rangreet
Updated: Jul 22
As the Rangreet School of Traditional Indian Art enters its 256th year, I reflect on over 48 years of cultural focus and artistry. From a humble beginning in the early 1970’s, when the dream of a studio merely existed in my mind, to decades later having established the Rangreet School in 1996, I have dedicated my life to the craft. The mission of Rangreet would be a clear step forward;
To contribute to the preservation of the dying craft of Indian Miniature Art.
To create a sustainable Art school – for thousands of new and young Artists and Art lovers - for the long-term.
Through Rangreet, the organization continues to place importance directly on teaching Arts’ culture in depth, and more extensively transferring my lifetime of artistry into the hands of those who will indubitably carry the traditions forward.
As we continue to push our mission forward, I reflect on its importance as I look back towards my roots, as a young Artist. A driving force for establishing Rangreet was found in my early learning phase as a student. Most great Artists of the time were reluctant and anxious to share their techniques and often never permitted anyone to set foot in their atelier. This created a nearly unbreakable barrier between students and their desire to learn the roots and Art of traditional Indian paintings. Rangreet was established to change the script. The establishment of the school would put a ladder on the barrier walls - which kept savvy and eager new entrants out – creating a path for the learner to the basics tools and artistic tactics of Indian Miniature Art.
Today, we have students from all corners of the world. Some of which have taken the opportunity to pursue deepening desires to understand and produce Indian Miniature Art. Some have come to Rangreet to broaden their exposure to a historic style. And others have come to seek our organizations method of teaching, supplementing their educational armoire by utilizing our structure to teach and earn a livelihood independently while helping keep the traditional Indian Art alive.
Rangreet at USA / UK
Since its inception, we have demonstrated lessons found in the Rangreet School of Traditional Indian Art in: Jaipur, Jodhpur and upon invitation to several renowned institutions like:
Art institute of Chicago - Alsdorf Galleries – Chicago, USA
Oxford University – United Kingdom
Detroit institute of Art – Detroit, USA
Indianapolis Institute of Art – Indiana, USA
And contributed to the ossification of research and historic preservation of the roots of Indian Miniature Art through many renowned institutions and publications, such as:
Punjabi University – Journal title, “Intensive Understanding of the Arts of Chamba and Jaipur”
The Bhavan Centre UK, Institute of Indian Art and Culture
Art institute of Chicago
The British Museum