The Padma Shri maestro painter adding colors to Rajasthani traditional art – The journey of Tilak Gitai

Tilak Gitai

Some people are God gifted with natural talent that doesn’t exist within everyone. What goes on in your mind when you see a miniature painting? The first word that comes in is ‘wow’ & then one starts analyzing the work of the artist with the mood & feelings portrayed in every art piece. With his unusual talent & dedication, Padma Shri Awarded, TilakGitai is one such recognized painter who has curate miniature art paintings that speak about our Indian culture & tradition. The painting itself sings the harmonies of the ragas they portray.

One needs a magnifying glass to see the detailing in each canvas of Rajasthani art. He mastered the art in Miniature paintings. He has been applauded & has a special allusion by the former president of U.S Bill Clinton for his book ‘Ragamala – The Missing Link’. In Ragamala paintings, Gitai has bought in life in the paintings by combining musical codes with poetry. He makes paintings on various surfaces like old handmade paper, wall murals & fine silk. The materials &colors used are his own made from precious stones, minerals & herbs. The brushes are made from squirrel hair. Gold & silver colors are made from gold & silver leaf.

Quick Facts

Name Tilak Gitai
Father’s Name Late Shri Ram Gopal Agrawal
Mother’s Name Late Shri Manfool Devi
imd1 for Miniature Painting, Art
Birthday 26th October 1949
  • Padma Shri by The President Of India - 2017
  • Shilp Guru Award by The President Of India - 2007
  • National Award by President of India, 1982
  • Rajasthan Gaurav, 2009
  • Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award, 2007
  • India’s Independence Golden Jubilee Award, 1997
  • Rajasthan Shiromani Award, 1991
  • Maharana Sajjan Singh award from Mewar Foundation - 1993
  • Sawai Jagjit Singh Award from Jaipur Maharaja City Palace - 2013
Place from Jaipur, Rajasthan
Quote for Life “Without Focus there is No Success’’- Bird’s eye test by Guru Dronacharya for Arjun in Mahabharat

Team imd1 had a chat with him a few days ago, read on to know him further!

Beyond Painting

Favorite Personalities Narendra Modi
Inspiration Lokmanya Tilak
Food I Love Misti Mawa
Food I Hate None
Had I not been an artist then Army, Wrestler or Bodybuilding (sports)
Like Vacations at Kashmir & Switzerland
Favorite Pass time Reading Books, Listening to Music
Favorite Movies Historical, Period, social movies & love stories
Favorite Actor / Actress Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna