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Madan Meena

Born in 1974, Rajasthan.  

Present Position

Honorary Director of the Adivasi Academy at Tejgadh, Gujarat.

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

2017    Triveni Gallery, New Delhi
2016    ‘FRAGRANCE OF ABSTRACTION’ at Gallery Artchill, Amber Fort, Jaipur.
2015    'Kanta Laga' at Triveni Art Gallery, New Delhi. 
2012    Gallery Artchill, Amber Palace, Jaipur
2012    ’Sublimity Encircled’  at Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur
2012    Art Corridor , Le Meridien Jaipur organized by Gallery Artchill.
2011    Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur.
2010    Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur.
2009    Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2008    Gallery Artchill, Amber Palace, Jaipur.
2007    ‘Monsoon Dreams’ 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.

2018      MarwarRatna by Mehrangarh Fort Trust-Jodhpur for work in Folklore studies 
2000      Annual All India Award, AIFACS, New Delhi. 
2000      State Award, 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, organized by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.


2017-19        Senior Research Fellowship, CCRT, Department of Culture, Govt. of India.
2011-14        Research Fellowship from Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research, USA.
2010        Research Grant from CRASSH, University of Cambridge, UK.


2003    Contemporary Art of Rajasthan organized by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jawahar Kala Kendra and North Zone Cultural Centre at Patiala & Chandigarh.
2001    Contemporary Art of Rajasthan organized 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 organized 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   

2012            Artists Camp at Bharatpur, organized by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.
2011            All India Artists Camp, organized by Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
2010            Artists camp at Ummed Bagh Resort, Bundi.
2009            Young Painters Camp, Neerja Modi School, Jaipur.
2009            Artist Camp organized by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy-Jaipur.
2005            Contemporary Painting Workshop organized by North-East Zone Cultural Centre-Dimapur at Naharlagun (Arunachal Pradesh).
2004            Publication Design Workshop organized by Seagulls Publication at Kolkata in association with ARCE-American Institute of Indian Studies, New Delhi.
2002            Painters' Camp organized by Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra-Lucknow at Jhansi.
2002            Young Artists' Camp organized by AIFACS, New Delhi.
1999, 2001      Art Awareness Camp at Kota.
1998            National Students Camp organized by Bareilly College, U.P.
1997            Zonal Contemporary Painters Camp organized by West Zone Cultural Centre-Udaipur at Daman.

Group Exhibitions

2019    'Inner voices - outer masks' Group show at Gallery Artchill, Amer Fort, Jaipur.
2018    ‘ART IDIOMS - STRAY & MOULDED' Group Show at Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur. 
2016    Group Show at Gallery Artchill, Amber Fort, Jaipur.
2015    ‘Art Walk’ Feb- March at Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur.
2014    'Treasures of Rajasthan Season II' at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
2014    All India Exhibition at Jaipur Art Summit,  Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
2014    'India - The Revealed Mysteries' in Conjunction with Venice Biennale 2014, Venice , curated by Sandro Orlandi , co curated by Sangeeta Juneja.
2013    Jaipur Art Summit 2013
2013   'Confluence des Arts’ a group show of 100 artists at Gallery Artchill, Amber Fort, Jaipur. 
2013    Gallery Hacienda, Mumbai.
2012    ’Sublimity Encircled’ by Madan Meena at Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur.
2011    THE DESERT SYMPHONY – Colors of Rajasthan, Dhoomimal City Gallery, New Delhi.
2009    Group Show at CRIMSON-The Art Resource, Bangalore.
2008    Group Show at Gallery Artchill, Amer fort, Jaipur.
2005    Group exhibition by Bougainvillea Gallery at Udai Villas, Udaipur.
2004    Ravishankar Rawal Kala Bhawan, Ahmadabad & Art Gallery, Kota.
2003   'RECONNOITRE' organized by Gallery Space, Hyderabad.
2003    Group exhibition organized 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, Welcome group 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. 


2014       Exhibition of Meena women paintings at Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia.
2013       Exhibition of Meena women paintings at Gallery Artisan, Brisbane, Australia.
2013       Member of General Council, Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.
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,’ organized 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-Ahmadabad 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

2017-19    Documentation and preparation of manuscripts of Tejaji Ballad sung in Marwar region of Rajasthan.
2015    Conducted survey on crafts traditions among craft communities of Barmer, Rajasthan. The project was funded by IL&FS & PDCOR.
2013-14   State Coordinator for Educational Survey on Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-nomadic Tribes in Rajasthan. The project is funded by Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi.
2013      Coordinator for Tejaji Gatha documented for All India Radio, Kota.
2010      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, Ahmadabad.


1.    The Languages of Rajasthan - People’s Linguistic Survey of India, Volume Editor, Orient Blackswan (2016), ISBN- 978-81-250-6397-1
2.    Bharatiya Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan - Rajasthan Ki Bhashayen, Volume Editor, Orient Blackswan (2014), ISBN- 978-81-250-5466-5
3.    Tejaji Gatha(Tejaji Ballad), published under the World Oral Literature Project of Cambridge University (2012), ISBN- 978-81-8466-888-2
4.    Nurturing Walls-Animal Art by Meena Women, book on Meena women wall paintings published by Tara Books, Chennai (2009), ISBN- 978-81-8621-168-7
5.    Joy of Creativity, based on the motifs of Meena women wall paintings (self published), 2007.


Jharu-Katha: Broom Stories (2012) – Served as an Associate Director. The film is about the broom and broom-making communities of Rajasthan, their migration in search of raw material and market, health hazards involved in the profession, ecological issues related to the raw material, broom trade, its economy; myths, beliefs and rituals related to the broom in social context, and broom as offering to the god & goddess. The film covers the diverse aspects of broom from its being as tool of suppression on one side and symbol of dignity and pride on the other side. The film also brings into focus the Dalit and issues related to the garbage disposal. The film was funded by Ford Foundation.  

Audio DVDs
Published seven audio DVDs featuring different singing traditions of the Tejaji Ballad, Mataji-ke-jas and Jogi songs. 

Academic Engagements

Teaches as visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design (IICD)-Jaipur and National institute of Design (NID)-Kurukshetra.