\u00a0\nWhen performance does not match expectation it results in disappointment.\nYears I had heard about this palace & museum and wanted to see it since then. We were all younger and our tastes had not developed at that time and we liked everything we saw without opinion. We had no opinions at that time we hadn\u2019t seen enough to have one and so I had heard wonderful things about the palace from my friends.\nYesterday I visited it for the first time and it would probably be for the last time.\nThe museum showcases the life of the erstwhile royal family rather than the magnificent art and craft of the land on which it stands.\n\nThe furniture and fittings were designed by Maples of London.\n\nThe little art that is seen is mostly Western \u2013 glass & clocks etc.\nThe palace architecture is of a hybrid style with Western influences. The collections are all of Western articles.\nI ask myself \u2018Is Rajasthan so bare of local art that the royals needed to look westwards for art?\u2019 Maybe it was just personal preference. After all they lived in an era in which it was fashionable to adopt Western lifestyles and flaunt friendships with white men and live like the \u2018Sahibs\u2019 of that time. Maybe this was the reason \u2013 maybe there is some other. I will never know. But the absence of Rajasthani art within the walls of the Umaid Bhavan Museum surprised and confused me..\nIs this what I traveled to Rajasthan for?\nThis was just the beginning if my trip and disappointment had set in already.\nThe Performance \u2013 Expectation gap had reared its head at Jodhpur.\nThe Palace collections include clocks & watches, Vintage cars, glass & ceramics \u2013 all imported. (Photos of these to follow soon.) It also includes a large hall dedicated to portraits of the erstwhile royals and photographs of them inaugurating community service projects such as a well in a village.\n\nThis is the first of\u00a0 series of notes on Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and the villages around.\nGO BACK TO RAJASTHAN DIARIES\n\u00a0\njm\nMarch 2014\nThe post Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum \u2013 Jodhpur appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.