|English||Rupayan Sansthan, Jodhpur|
|Category||Museum Educational Institution|
Oral Traditions and Expressions
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Knowledge and Practices Concerning Nature and the Universe
Education and Training
Rupayan Sansthan – Rajasthan Institute of Folklore was established with the objective of conducting research and documentation of folkloric material related to Rajasthan. Rupayan was founded in 1960 by Padma Bhushan Late Komal Kothari (ethnomusicologist and folklorist) and his friend Padma Shree Vijaydan Detha (noted author of folk tales).
The aim of their first academic venture relating to folk traditions in Rajasthan was to explore all aspects of folk life in village. For the first time in folklore research, Komal Kothari and Vijay Dan Detha set out to develop a holistic understanding of people’s lives. They examined not only narratives, epics, songs, riddles, music, drama, and crafts but also religious beliefs and practices, caste compositions, economics, government interactions, village power structures, community desires for development, agricultural practices, land and water use, and much more.
More importantly Komal Kothari was interested in the process by which oral knowledge is learned, remembered and passed from generation to generation, which is outside the ambit of formal education systems. Komal Kothari had particularly been interested in documentation, preservation and development of folk music, working with traditional musicians. In order to create awareness among the new generation and cultivate interest in their native folk tradition, he organised a number of camps and helped them to develop their inherent musical potential.
Komal Kothari’s inspiration, vision and rich archival base come together in the building of a desert museum – Arna Jharna, and is the ongoing endeavor of Rupayan Sansthan. The museum is built on 10 acres of picturesque landscape, 23 km outside Jodhpur.
The word “Arna-Jharna” literally means ‘Forest-Spring’. It brings biodiversity, history and culture into one place where contemporary is merged with traditional knowledge systems. It banks upon Pedagogical techniques. An in-house collection of common-man’s daily life object with aesthetics. Education has always been the main focus of Rupayan’s vision. We acquire a wider dimension by cultivating an environment of interest and respect among students towards ethno-cultural study of rural life styles and folk artists. A laboratory of the ordinary, a testing ground of all basic structures of life that facilitate the art of survival. To explore and understand the human effort required to sustain life.
|Contact Information (Organization)|
|Address||Rupayan Sansthan Paota B/2 Road, Jodhpur-342006 Rajasthan (India)|
|Tel||+91-291-2546359 Mobile: +91-9414136361|