Jal Tarang, the 100 acre mixed-use tourism development in the city of Jaipur, marks a public-private partnership like no other in India. It is a dream project that brings together the best resources of the Government of Rajasthan and Jal Mahal Resorts Pvt. Ltd. to revitalise the heritage site of Jal Mahal and the rich natural resource of Mansagar Lake and transform the valley into a vibrant and viable destination for local, domestic and international tourists. In doing so, Jal Mahal Resorts Pvt. Ltd. is powered by the vision and expertise of eminent and qualified professionals in various fields from all over the world, and the resources and commitment of the government of Rajasthan.
JMRPL seeks to establish the new benchmark in public-private partnerships in India by pioneering a novel model of sustainable development that gives primacy to the revival of the ecology, natural resources, culture and craft of the region to create an economically viable and internationally attractive tourism destination.
KGK Consortium is a group with business interests and expertise ranging from global manufacture of diamonds, gemstones and jewellery, infrastructure and real estate development, to tourism and entertainment industries. It has significant financial strength and is backed by professional management.Jal Mahal Resorts Private Ltd was incorporated on 10th November, 2004 as a special purpose vehicle formed for the development of the Jal Tarang Tourism Project by the KGK Consortium.
LAKE RESTORATION TEAM
Prof. SORAB JAL ARCEIVALA
Prof. Sorab Jal Arceivala, one of India’s most eminent environmentalists has been a Professor, researcher and consultant over the years. Educated at Harvard University, Prof. Arceivala returned to India to set up the country’s first post graduate course in Environmental Engineering and Sciences, the first consultancy firm and has the honour of pioneering water conservation and reuse processes in the Indian industry. Subsequently, Prof. Arceivala has held prestigious positions at the CSIR as well as the UN/WHO for many years.
Besides teaching at the Bombay University and 3 Turkish Universities, Prof. Arceivala has lectured all over the world and is the author of three books on the subject. In 1999, he became the first Indian to receive Honorary Membership of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Dr SHYAM R ASOLEKAR
Dr Shyam R Asolekar is among India’s most respected environmental engineers, a Professor at the Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Engineering, Mumbai and an advisor to the Minstry of Environment and Forests, Government of India on projects undertaken by the National River Conservation Directorate as well as the Environmental Information Systems (ENVIS), and an expert consultant on numerous other government projects.
Educated at the universities of Mumbai, Syracuse, Iowa and Harvard, Dr Asolekar has been a trieless worker and prolific writer on his areas of expertise, authoring one book and countless technical papers, monographs and articles as well as a patent . Dr Asolekar has also been the recipient of several awards and honours which include the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship on Leadership in Environment and Development, Dr Patwardhan Award for Innovative Technology Development, the “Prof R C Singh Medal” to name a few.
MA. HARALD KRAFT
Harald Kraft is the founder and Chief Executive of Ingenieurburo Kraft that began in Berlin more than 30 years’ ago as a team of merely 15 people to devise comprehensive solutions for water management. Today the company has global operations that offer planning, designing and commissioning of water management, treatment and recycling sytems, ecological urban/rural reconstruction, environmental protection, research and evaluation of data, training and supervision as well as other consultancies relating to water management and technology. Among other systems, Kraft is recognised for having developed and improved the Rootzone Sewage Treatment System (also known as reedbed or constructed wetland systems) as a competitive alternative to conventional systems for centralised and decentralised water treatment systems. His Indo-German venture, Kraft & Associates, set up with Mr Aurofilio Schiavina, is an enterprise that plans, designs and constructs water systems in India, and undertakes numerous challenges posed by the deteriorating state of the environment and water resources in various parts of the country.
Mr Jal R Kapadia is a Consulting Environmental Engineer with over 4 decades of expertise in the design -build of treatment systems for water, sewage and industrial waste, infrastructure planning and sewage water reclamation and reuse with membrane filter technology. From multi-storeyed residential and commercial complexes to five star hotels, and industrial units to large environmental projects, Mr Kapadia has led a wide variety of projects. One of his most recent assignments included being Project Director for various Wastewater Treatment Plants and Urban Infrastructure projects in the area of mapping, notable among which was the GIS development for the entire municipal area of Mumbai.
JAL MAHAL RESTORATION TEAM
Dr KULBHUSHAN JAIN
Dr Kulbhushan Jain, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at CEPT (Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology) University, Ahmedabad, India, is Chairman of the Doctoral Programme and the Head of Master’s Programme in Architecture.
Educated at MSU, Baroda and Pennsylvania, USA, Professor Jain is today a practicing architect and conservation consultant who has worked on several important conservation projects including Fatehpur Sikri, Hampi and Jaisalmer Fort. Besides Jal Mahal, he is also involved in other prestigious projects in Jaipur, as well as the Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur. He has a successful joint private practice with Dr Minakshi Jain.
Dr Jain is the recipient of numerous awards for academic and professional work, the author of several published papers and articles as well as six books on Indian architecture.
Dr GILES TILLOTSON
Writer and lecturer on Indian history and architecture, Giles Tillotson took a BA in History of Art (1982) and a PhD in Oriental Studies (1986) at Cambridge University, England. He subsequently taught Indian Art History for 14 years at School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London and also served as director of the Royal Asiatic Society, London.
He is now a permanent resident of India. His publications include The Rajput Palaces: The Development of an Architectural Style, 1450-1750 (1987) and Mughal India (1991), and, as editor, Stones in the Sand: The Architecture of Rajasthan (2002), a Marg publication. He has also written Jaipur Nama: Tales from the Pink City and Building Jaipur: The Making of an Indian City (co-authored with Vibhuti Sachdev). He has been visiting and writing about Rajasthan for over 25 years, and currently lives in Gurgaon, near Delhi.
Dr VIBHUTI SACHDEVA
Vibhuti Sachdev qualified as an architect at the School of Planning & Architecture (1989) and completed her PhD in architectural theory at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London (1996). She has worked as an architect, in research and in teaching as a lecturer at the University of Sussex and Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is an expert on traditional Indian design philosophy (Vastu Vidya) and in the art and architecture of Rajasthan. She has worked extensively on the city of Jaipur, focusing on its architecture and craft traditions.
Besides her publication titled Indian Architectural Theory (1998), she is the co-author of two books on Jaipur. Building Jaipur (2002) uses the city as a test case for exploring changes in planning theory and practice in India between the pre-colonial and post-modern eras. Jaipur City Palace (2008) discusses both the visual and social cultures of the city’s primary former royal residence. Since publishing these books, Dr Sachdev has been a consultant on the ongoing restoration of the Jal Mahal (water palace) in Jaipur and is currently engaged in planning an exhibition in this building.
MITCHELL ABDUL KARIM CRITES
Mitchell Crites lives in Delhi and is an expert on Moghul architecture, art and gardens, having travelled widely through Islamic India, Persia and the Middle East. He has devoted the last 30 years to discovering, saving and revitalising traditional forms of craftsmanship such as Islamic calligraphy, mosque design and decoration, stone and marble carving and pietra dura inlay in marble or stone.
In his studio in a small village near Agra, descendants of the master craftsmen who created the decorative carving at the Taj Mahal, complete commissions on behalf of clients, amongst whom are the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the State Mosque of Kuala Lumpur. Private clients include the Duke of Westminster, John Stefanidis, Queen Noor of Jordan and the Kuwaiti Royal Family.
Art and architecture historian, Mitchell Abdul Karim Crites has also developed an illustrated presentation on Jaipur, City of Artists: Three Hundred Years of Creativity, an example of skilled urban planning, one of the most creative cities in India, and home to weavers, block printers, jewellers, puppeteers and kite-makers.
At ease in Sanskrit, Urdu, Farsi, Turkish and Hindi, Crites has lectured on Islamic art at the British Museum and Sotheby's and maintains homes, art workshops and galleries in Delhi, Jaipur and London.
Dhruvajyoti Ghose has an active background in architecture and joined LDP (Lighting Design Partnership) in 1998. He chose to specialise in lighting after several years of running his own architectural and general design practice. His post graduate degree in light and lighting has combined with a deep understanding and experience of building design and the construction process. His architectural awareness has led to many other productive working relationships with other architects and associated design teams.
Dhruvajyoti believes that ‘lighting design is about the creative use of shadow’ and that is what drives his work as principal with LDP, which is a network of visual planners based in Sydney, Auckland, Singapore and Shanghai. LDP is a pioneer in the field of urban lighting planning and has worked on landmark projects throughout India, Middle-East, Asia-Pacific and China. In India, some of the remarkable projects worked upon by Ghose and his associates are the Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi; the Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur; and IGNCA Library, New Delhi. Ghose has rich experience in different aspects of lighting including urban lighting, exteriors, arts centres, offices, hotels, retail spaces and has the Sydney Opera House and the City of Adelaide Lighting Master Plan among his projects.
Master craftsman Mohan-ji is a contemporary legend in heritage conservation. When he began working at the age of 18 years in 1960, the medium of the day for masonry and plaster apprenticeship was cement. But two years later, Mohan-ji was introduced to the beauty of lime plaster. Along the way, he got the opportunity to work with Kota stone, mosaic and glazed tiles, spending 17 yrs with the Hindustan Tiles where he developed what has now become his forte —lime plaster ornamental work.
Mohan-ji’s evolved his skills in this fine craft under the tutelage of Babulal Kumawat Mistri in old Jaipur in 1978. He has since worked on many highly significant projects, restoring havelis and other heritage buildings in Rajasthan, including the prestigious Samode Palace where he executed the entire ornamental work in a span of six years. Notable among his works is the dramatic and exquisite 12 x 18 ft gateway at Samode.
Today the magic of the arches, domes, gateways and chhatris created by Mohan-ji in Chomu, Samode, Amarsar, Jaisalmer, Bharatpur, Amber and Jaipur are a powerful testimony to his art and craftsmanship.
KALU RAM SAINI
His father’s death sent Kalu Ram to work in a stone quarry when he was 7 years old. Within six months of making gravel, he was promoted as apprentice to his uncle and cousin, who crafted stoneware used in rural Rajasthani homes. In a matter of a year, Kalu Ram began earning a wage of Re. 1 a day! As he honed his skills, he graduated to carving stone jali and chhattris for temples and getting a higher wage. Impressed by his potential, Lalluram Mistri, an expert in stone crafting traditional domes, chhattris and jharokhas, took Kalu Ram under his tutelage. And so it was that Kalu Ram learned the nuances of traditional Rajasthani stone carving and began developed his skills, and learnt to create fine and intricate works.
Having worked on several temple projects in and around his village, Kalu Ram received an offer to work on a house in Chandigarh, and subsequently on projects in Delhi creating jali, jharokhas, chhattris and mehrabs. And soon, there was no looking back. From the Alsisar Haveli in Jaipur, to Lalgarh Palace in Bikaner and many other heritage properties in Rajasthan, to carving jalis for the new Rajasthan Legislative Assembly House, the Vidhan Sabha, Kalu Ram has done it all. Today he is a recognised as the master of craftsmanship in several kinds of marble — Bansi Paharpur, Makrana, Andhi, Udaipur, Banswara and Dholpur. And heritage sites all over Rajasthan bear having worked on barahdaris, chhattris, pillars, jalis, panels, jharokhas, etc., bear his trademark.
Project Director of Jal Mahal Resorts Pvt Ltd since 2004, Rajeev Lunkad is an alumni of the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, who started out with the renowned Stein, Doshi & Bhalla and moved on to becoming Principal Architect at Asian Heritage Foundation and Rajeev Sethi Scenographers before he expanded his portfolio. Today, his body of experience ranges from real estate, eco-tourism, art and architecture, craft, restoration of natural resources and architecture, project & design management to hospitality, leisure & travel industry, product and furniture design and manufacturing.
Rajeev has also been the Co-Founder of SAAR – a design partnership, Co-Founder of VISTAAP Furniture Pvt Ltd., Project Director at Panchratna Resorts (P)Ltd as well as the Co-Owner at Chestnut Heights Resorts Pvt. Ltd. He believes that the realhallenge of the times is to understand how big projects can and should go beyond mere functionality and financial gains to create an impact far beyond their footprint.