About the Artist

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Born in 1974 at Narayanpur, District Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan.  



Art Education & Scholarships


2006        Ph.D. on the subject 'Art of Meena Tribe' at Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. 

2000,03  Research Fellowship (NET), University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

1999        M.A. in Painting (University Gold Medal) Government College, Kota. 

1998,99  Granted Students Scholarship by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.

1998        Indian Art & Culture Certificate Course, N.M.I., National Museum, New Delhi.       

1997        Fresco & Mural Painting Certificate Course, Banasthali University, Rajasthan.



Solo Exhibitions


2012       Gallery Artchill, Amber Palace, Jaipur

2012       Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur

2012       Art Corridor , Le Meridien Jaipur organized by Artchill.

2011       Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur.

2009       Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.

2008       Gallery Artchill, Amber Palace, Jaipur.

2007       Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur.

2002       Triveni Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi. 

2001       Taj Art Gallery, Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai

1999       Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta.

1999       Ravishankar Raval Kala Bhavan, Ahmedabad.

1998       Rabindra Bhawan, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi.





2000      Annual All India Art Exhibition, AIFACS, New Delhi.

2000      Annual Art Exhibition, Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.

1999      South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur.

1999      Himachal State Museum, Shimla.

1998      Students Exhibition, Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.

1998      AVANTIKA, New Delhi.

1998      Awarded at Rajasthan Kala Mela by Central Lalit Kala Academy, organised by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.





2003          Contemporary Art of Rajasthan organised by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jawahar Kala Kendra and North Zone Cultural Centre at Patiala & Chandigarh.

2001          Contemporary Art of Rajasthan organised by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy at Lucknow, Goa & Kota.

2000,01    Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar.

2000          West Bengal State Academy, Calcutta.

2000         The Bombay Art Society, Mumbai.

2000         Millenium Exhibition, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta.

1999          Annual Art Exhibition, Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.

1998, 99   Kala Mela organised by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur. 

1998          All India Exhibition (Drawing), AIFACS, New Delhi. 

1998          All India Exhibition of Drawing, Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.

1997          All India Art Biennial of Rajasthan, Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.



Camps & Workshops   


2011            All India Artists Camp, organised by Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

2010            Artists camp at Ummed Bagh Resort, Bundi.

2009            Young Painters Camp, Neerja Modi School, Jaipur.

2009            Artist Camp organised by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy-Jaipur.

2005            Contemporary Painting Workshop organised by North-East Zone Cultural Centre-Dimapur at Naharlagun (Arunachal Pradesh).

2004            Publication Design Workshop organised by Seagulls Publication at Kolkata in association with ARCE-American Institute of Indian Studies, New Delhi.

2002            Painters' Camp organised by Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra-Lucknow at Jhansi.

2002            Young Artists' Camp organised by AIFACS, New Delhi.

1999, 2001 Art Awareness Camp at Kota.  

1998            National Students Camp organised by Bareilly College, U.P.

1997            Zonal Contemporary Painters Camp organised by West Zone Cultural Centre-Udaipur at Daman.



Group Exhibitions


2011    THE DESERT SYMPHONY – Colours of Rajasthan, Dhoomimal City Gallery, New Delhi.

2009    Group Show at CRIMSON-The Art Resource, Bangalore.

2005    Group exhibition by Bougainvillea Gallery at Udai Villas, Udaipur.

2004    Ravishankar Rawal Kala Bhawan, Ahmedabad & Art Gallery, Kota.

2003    'RECONNOITRE' organized by Gallery Space, Hyderabad.

2003    Group exhibition organised at Bangalore and  Chennai by Laxshana Art Gallery.

2003    'WE' at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur & Art Gallery, Kota.

2001    Group show 'Spectre' at Srishti Art Gallery, Welcomegroup Rajputana Palace Sheraton and Gaurav Towers, Jaipur.

2001    Krishna's Collection Art Gallery, New Delhi.

2000    Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi.

2000    Group show 'Expressions', at Jawahar Kala Kendra-Jaipur, Kota, Bundi & Gadepan.

1998    Two-men show at Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad.





2011-12    State Coordinator for the People’s Linguistic Survey of India, Basha, Vadodara.

2010-11    Associate Director of the film ‘Jharu Katha-Broom Stories’. The film was supported by Ford Foundation, US.

2010          Attended workshop on, ‘Archiving Orality and Connecting with Communities: World Oral Literature Project 2010 Workshop,’ oraganized by CRASSH, University of Cambridge, UK.

2008-09    Designed exhibition on Brooms for ‘Arna-Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan’ of Rupayan Sansthan, Jodhpur. 

2009          Curated exhibition of Meena women wall paintings along with Tara Books on launch of ‘Nurturing Walls’ book at Jaipur Literature Festival.

2006-07    'Creative expressions of the Meena women' exhibitions of collection and research work on Meena tribe organized at: National Centre for the Performing Arts-Mumbai.Bharat Bhawan-Bhopal Hutheesingh Visual Art Centre-Ahmedabad Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishad and Gallery Time & Space-Bangalore

2004         Invited as resource person for making of documentary film 'Creativity of Meena Women' by Educational Media Research Centre, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur.

2002         'Creativity of Meena Women' exhibition of collection and research work on Meena Women at India International Centre, New Delhi.



Research Projects


2011      Research Fellowship from Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research, USA to study secret language of Kanjar tribe in Rajasthan.

2010      Research Grant from CRASSH, University of Cambridge, UK for documentation and publication of book and audio DVDs on Tejaji Ballad sung in Hadoti region of South-Eastern Rajasthan.

2006      Genealogical study of Jaga community residing in Eastern Rajasthan. This was to study the system of keeping written records of family lineages. The project was funded by Department of Culture, Government of India.

2007      Documentation on Folk Epic of Devnarain sung in Eastern Rajasthan. The project was supported by Geeta Sarabhai, Sangeet Kendra, Ahmedabad.





‘Tejaji Gatha’ (Tejaji Ballad) published under the Wold Oral Literature Project of Cambridge University.

‘Nurturing Walls-Animal Art by Meena Women’ book on Meena women wall paintings published by Tara Books, Chennai.

‘Joy of Creativity’ (self published), based on motifs of Meena women wall paintings. 

Works – His works are in various collections in India and abroad.





Madan Meena is a visual artist and researcher. He has worked extensively with artists and craftspersons from local communities in Rajasthan. His doctoral dissertation from University of Rajasthan was on the subject 'Art of the Meena Tribes'. He continues to work as a researcher with the women of the Meena tribe and has documented and exhibited their mandana wall paintings across the country. He has published two books on the subject, Joy of Creativity and Nurturing Walls. As a visual artist, Madan has exhibited his work extensively in various galleries across the country and abroad. 

As a curator, he has designed an exhibition on brooms for the “Arna Jharna: The Desert Museum of Rajasthan” of Rupayan Sansthan (Institute of Rajasthan folklore studies) in Jodhpur. For this he widely travelled throughout Rajasthan studying the broom-making communities, their socio-political and cultural issues. He was Assistant Director for the film ‘Jharu Katha’ on the same subject.

His association with late Komal Kothari, one of India's leading folklorists and oral historians inspired him to start his independent research and documentation in parts of eastern Rajasthan where he is based. One of his important researches is based on genealogists of his own community in which he traced history about the formation of his native village and its past 22 generation spanning to some 500 years. He has been regularly recording oral traditions among the Gujjar (shepherds), Meena (tribal), Jogi (musicians), Mali (gardeners) and Kumhar (potters) communities.Madan has received a grant from Cambridge University under the World Oral Literature Project (WOLP) to document Tejaji Ballad sung in south-eastern Rajasthan. Under the grant he has published a book ‘Tejaji Gatha’ and an audio DVD which will be freely distributed to the singers and villagers. His interest in languages has led him to start his work on the secret language of the Kanjar community residing in Rajasthan. For this he has received fellowship from the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research, US. He currently works and lives in Kota in Rajasthan.