As the Rangreet School of Traditional Indian Art enters its 25th 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 go to 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
As the world continues to evolve, we face an unprecedented lockdown, one of which has a distant connection to past pandemics.
For decades, Rangreet, taught students directly and in person within a studio. I am proud to say, for the first time, Rangreet will host a range of classes online. Many of which will play to the chords of Indian Miniature Art, from basic skills to advanced introductory courses.
Rangreet Online comes after offering, for free, a 15-day course for more than 180 students who actively participated at different skill levels remotely in Gujarat, Delhi, Mumbai, Himachal-Pradesh, Mysore, Pakistan, USA, Canada, Dubai, Jakarta, and London. Students were taught the importance of lines, and their significant role in Indian Miniature Art. How they are not just mere lines, but a force to lean into which develop a distinct and classical interpretation. Illuminating classical brush strokes and the lasting impact of natural stone and mineral based paint colors continue to drive a long list of significant factors in establishing a strong base of knowledge needed in Indian Miniature Art. And following the traditions, students are asked to keep in mind the practice of meditation, pranayama (control of breath), maunavrat (a vow of silence), guru ke prati samarpan (devotion to the teachings), baalman, (continued curiosity in learning), and modesty.
We are fortunate, thankful, and proud of our students and feel grateful for their love and admiration continued through education in the Indian Traditional Arts. We hope to see new and returning students, those who find their inspirations guiding them deeper into a generational age-old craft.
We heartfully invite you to explore our mission, to learn the craft, and to ensure the longevity of Indian Miniature Art.
The people who have been affected the most by the Corona epidemic in the world are artisans as they sell their handicrafts only to domestic and foreign tourists and through which the artists earn money. But in these 2 years of the pandemic, this condition has become worse.
To take the crafts of the artisans to the international level, we will start online auctions. So that we can get those artists recognized at the international level, help them and try to keep their dying art alive.
- Ramu Ramdev