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Wedding wall paintings still in vogue in rural Rajasthan
Wedding time is a joyous and festive occasion in rural Rajasthan and traditional wall art is still used to decorate the family house in which wedding takes place. Part time painters and artists are hired for such work these days. Earlier, the women folk of the village use to join in doing the wall paining and wedding mandana.

Often on the occasion of the wedding the front wall of the house is white washed in pink and water colour painting with the motifs of marriage such as bridegroom on a horse back or riding an elephant; auspicious pot or Kalash are shown.

Also, the folk musical instruments are also painted on the front wall to indicate the entertainment for the guests on the occasion. At times bridal doli painting is also done depicting emotions.

Earlier, the rural rich had been using the colours for these paintings which were extracted from certain minerals, plant sources, conch shells, and were even derived by processing precious stones also.

The door frame is decorated with painting of leaves of flowers as a symbol of welcome to the guests

Many foreigners while enjoying rural tourism in Rajasthan are fascinated by wedding graffiti done right next to the entrances of several houses during the marriage season.

Even invitation or announcement is painted on the wall with lord Ganesha's image. With every marriage in the family the wedding wall graffiti is done afresh.  It is thought that wedding graffiti is the easiest to invite one and all in the village.

Recently, when I visited Jhilay village in Tonk district of Rajasthan, I took some pictures of the wall wedding wall art which continues to be an integral part of the culture.

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