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LOCATION : Jawaharlal Marg, JAIPUR
Completion : 1991
TYPE : Arts and crafts center
Architect : Architect Charles Correa
PLOT AREA : 9.5 acres
BUILT-UP AREA : 8100 sq.m.
Jawahar Kala Kendra also known as nine-square house of culture, Jawahar Kala Kendra is an
arts and crafts centre located in the city of Jaipur. the centre is important not because of the
nomenclature but its close association with the city of Jaipur itself. The centre was built in the
year 1986 and the construction completed in 1991. The centre was launched by the state
government to provide space to the cultural and spiritual values of India and display the rich
craft heritage. The centre is dedicated to the late prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.



Railway station – 7 kms
Airport – 6 kms


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The centre has been made in eight blocks housing
• museums,
• theatres,
• library,
• arts display room,
• cafeteria,
• Hostel,studio
The centre is frequently occupied with artists and arts loving people. Many exhibitions
and performances by local artists are displayed at the centre. The annual festivals of
classical dance and music are held in the centre. The centre hosts many workshops of
dance and music.

Each of the nine planet is represented by a square, 30m x 30m, defined by red sandstone
walls, 8m high. The programme of the Arts Centre is disaggregated into nine separate
groupings, each corresponding to the myths of a particular planet; for instance the planet
Guru ( which symbolises Learning) houses the Liberary. The traditional symbol of each planet
is expressed in marble and stone inlay in the stone walls that surround it. The central square,
as specified in the ancient Vedic shastras, is a void: representing the Nothing – which is the
true Source of all Energy.

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