Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, Udaipur

Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal is a grand building in Udaipur, and is also getting famous and popular because of Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum. As one of the most known museums in Udaipur, Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum exhibits many outstanding collections of folk articles of Rajasthan, including distinctive rural dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk musical instruments, folk deities and paintings. Representing the authentic and novel culture of Rajasthan, Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal attracts many tourists visiting every year.

Why Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal was established?

Mewar region of Rajasthan is known for its rich art and culture. Actually, the local artifacts are always favored and cherished all over the world. In order to maintain and develop this tradition, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal took measures and established an institution aiming to encouraging local craftsman and artists, as well as developing the local arts and cultures. As a result, Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum became a part of their program which was used to representing the marvelous, best arts and crafts of Mewar. The museum displays the unparalleled collections in the past 44 years, and gives a general definition of Indian folk heritage. In a word, Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum is absolutely the best place to meet and explore Rajasthan culture and art.

Distribution of Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum

Belonging to a museum of strong national characteristics, the distribution of Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum also shows unique features based on its rich and diverse cultural forms. Generally speaking, this museum can be divided into four areas: Theater exhibition hall, Instrument and decoration hall, Puppet Theater and Design display hall. When entering the museum, the first one comes into your eyes is the theater exhibition hall, where displays many distinctive rural dresses, ornaments and colorful asks. The hall neighboring this is instrument and decoration hall, containing remarkable collection of tribal folk musical instruments and decorations. Going forward, you will arrive at the famous Puppet Theater, which also has a lot of dolls. The most interesting thing is that there are puppet shows every day, offering a chance to enjoy a dynamic close experience of local cultures. On the opposite of this theater are exotic designs, such as henna handprints, decorated floors made by cow dung, and small shrines made by terra-cotta coming from village of Molela near Nathdwara.

Highlights of Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum  

Enjoying hilarious and innovative puppet shows and appreciating the folk dances of Rajasthan are two must-do activities when visiting Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum; what’s more, visitors can also learn and harvest a lot about cultural differences and be aware of the importance of protecting cultural heritages and precious civilizations.   

Puppet Shows:
Puppet show is the most attractive activity in most visitors’ eyes. Dedicated to inherit rich and diverse cultural heritages of Rajasthan, puppet shows focuses on the culture of this region in the form of a maharaja performance; besides, puppet shows are innovative as well. Accompanied with brilliant musicians, puppeteers blend everything happened on stages and music perfectly without any technical flaws. Usually, there are two shows, one is from 12-1 p.m., and the other one starts from 6-7 p.m. If time permits, another extra show will be showed from 7-8 p.m. If traveling with children, undoubtedly, puppet show is the best choice due to its vivid stories and excellent performances. Please note that the tickets are sold at 5 p.m., and it is better to get there early to select better seats.  

Folk Dances:
Folk dance is another wonderful show acting audiences. Performed by well-skilled dancers, traditional dances of Rajasthan are presented to audiences. It is a good place to introduce local culture to children, as well a must-see place in Udaipur. To some extends, it is a real celebration of Rajasthan rich cultural heritage; the songs and energetic dancers give audiences the feelings of authentic Rajasthan folk culture.

Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum is a place with innovation, which is worth to be visited. By the way, please remember that both puppet shows and folk dancing are performed in the open air. When you appreciate performances in winter, making sure that keep yourself warm.                       

How to get to Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum

North Western railway passes by Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum; passengers can take this line and get off at National Highway 927A, Jawahar Nagar. Then passengers can take tuktuk to the museum, which lies 2 kilometers away in northwest.  

Entry fee

Rupees 40/ for Indian tourist

Rupees 60/ for foreign tourist

Rupees 20/ for students/ above 5 years children

Fee of Dance & Puppet Show

Rupees 80/ for Indian tourist

Rupees 100/ for foreign tourist

Rupees 40/ for students/ above 5 years children

 10:00-18:00 (off on Sundays)
How much time to spend
 1-3 hours

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