Dr. CHINMAY MEHTA
Painter, Architectural Designer and Cultural Activist
Former Professor and Dean,
Faculty of Fine Arts
University of Rajasthan, Jaipur
Rajasthan Academy of Fine Arts Jaipur
As a creator of spatial design projects, he has strived to combine various disciplines like architecture, digital 3D presentations, graphic design, and photography in the theme projects like Chokhi Dhani, Dhola Ri Dhani, Nirali Dhani, Chouki Dhani, Grameen Haat, Ambar Villas, Rupalo Rawlo, Shilpgram, Yoga and Naturopathy Centre, and Divine Village in Jaipur, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Rajkot, Dausa, Jaipur, Udaipur, Sawai Madhopur, and Jhunjhnu, Pushkar and Puri, respectively. These ethnic resorts, exhibition pavilions, and restaurants are the epitome of Rajasthani culture and hospitality. Today it is a “must-visit” for every tourist, both domestic as well as international. It offers a peek into the rural and traditional architecture as well as into the village life of Rajasthan. Many filmmakers and event managers have used the dhanis as a backdrop for song sequences. Students of architecture often refer to the dhanis for their case studies for academic research projects. As a designer of ethnic and vernacular architecture, he has immensely contributed to the architectural design of India. The major aim behind the creation of these architectural designs is to preserve and encourage the village art and culture, and at the same time to make the present generation aware of our rich heritage as well as to change the perspective of the global citizens about the Indian village culture.