– Abhay Saxena / ChaT
Mahmood Kureshi, the auto rickshaw driver couldn’t have found a passenger more VIP than Rajatshan CM herself. Kureshi was flabbergasted when Vasundhara Raje asked him to give her a ride from CM residence at 13, Civil Lines to SMS Convention Centre. Raje reached the convention centre in the auto rickshaw leaving aside her regular convoy of cars.
As prelude, Ashutosh Pendnekar, Commissioner of Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) had accompanied some auto rickshaws, decorated with Rajasthan’s folk art forms, to CM Raje’s residence. This was part of a gearing-up exercise for converting 100 auto rickshaws into canvasses for displaying Rajasthan’s folk art and rich culture during Resurgent Rajasthan mega investment meet being held later this month. Since Raje was to reach SMS Convention Centre, she requested Kureshi to take her to the venue and Kureshi accomplished the job rather too happily.
The display of folk art forms and colourful heritage of the state on auto rickshaws is an extension of “Living Arts of Rajasthan” campaign, through which the tribal and folk art is being displayed on hoardings, bus shelters and unipoles throughout the city of Jaipur. This unique endeavour is an initiative taken by Raje to promote Rajasthan’s exuberant art and culture during Resurgent Rajasthan. The 100 auto rickshaws shall become the mobile canvasses for folk art forms, running across the city. The JMC shall hold an open art gallery as part of “Cartist Auto Art” at five strategic spots – Airport, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jal Mahal and Albert Hall – from 20th November. The exhibition shall also showcase 20 vintage cars during this event.