Magicians Project

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The Reincarnating Magicians of Halvad Lake Palace

This is a project that will bring together teams of 10 hands-on people to work with native craftspeople on the restoration of a late 15 Century wooden and masonary palace complex in western India that is built into a lake. The object is to restore this palace and assign it various functions so that it reflects the past legacy and is also relevant to historical, cultural and aesthetic needs of the 21st Century.

Part of the palace is to be a residential retreat, another a museum, a third is to provide a performance arena for local, regional, national and international performances, a fourth section is for cooking classes and the preparation of herbal salves and lotions. Several gardens will be devoted to distinct themes.

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One will be devoted to Aryuvedic and other medicinal plants, another to the royal scented flowers that will provide flowers for worship to various shrines of gods and ancestors within the complex and to augment the everyday religious rituals that take place there. A third garden will showcase endangered local species of plants.

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Indian Aryuvedic Medicinal Plant

Part of the Halvad Lake Palace will be devoted to Aryuvedic medicinal plants.

An exquisite high tower will house meditation and yoga rooms and music practice rooms. A section will house craft workshops producing diamonds, silver furniture, local embroidery, granulation jewelry, stone craft, and royal costumes.

This architectural gem, spread over three acres was devastated in the earthquake of 2001 and only now are there plans to recover and re-present this complex to the 21st Century.

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Part of the Halvad Lake Palace will be devoted to craft workshops.

The idea of involving many persons is to use the energy and goodwill they bring to make for a truly transportive and magical environment that resonates a particular past and prophesizes a dynamic future.

Halvad is to be at once a local gem even as it will be a world heritage site.

We need talented persons of every occupational persuasion who wish to be involved and who have the means to contribute some of their time and resources.

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Fragrant Indian Flowers used in Pooja Religious Ritual

It is vital that these persons can actually visit the magical complex and gain a direct experiential rapport from in. Having said that we need all persons in an encompassing way, immediate particular needs are for persons who are:

Carpenters, Masons, Landscapers, Photographers, Painters, Interior designers, Architects, Water garden designers, Electricians, Engineers, Musicians, Yoga and meditation instructors, Poets, Writers.

The conditions for participation include, studying the website on the palace and communicating with Professor Prince Jayasinhji Jhala.

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Part of the Halvad Lake Palace will be devoted to cooking classes.

Interested persons will submit a personal statement as to why they believe they are appropriate for the project and can suggest what talents they can bring to the effort. They will also indicate when they can come for the minimal period of 14 days.

Persons who are selected will be housed at the 19th Century Ajit Niwas Palace and will pay for their stay and transport to the lake palace each day. In addition each participant might contribute towards the rebuilding fund. All tools and materials that these specialists need, will be made available, provided these tools are available in India.

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19th Century Ajit Niwas Palace in Dhrangadhra

Persons who are selected will be housed at the 19th Century Ajit Niwas Palace.

All persons will work with interpreters and local craftsmen and other local cultural experts. It is expected that these individuals will bring an enormous intellectual resource to the rebuilding effort based on their experience and skills and that their major contribution will consist not on sweat capital but the on potency of their ideas and their possible application to this timeless place.

Evenings will be devoted to witnessing local cultural events on the site. Examples include: religious ritual, religious singing, classical dance, folk dance, storytelling sessions, classical music sessions, local theater and a lecture on the history of the place.

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All participants will participate in doing yoga and meditation each day, learn to cook 5 Indian dishes during their stay.

They will learn to dance the traditional Ras and to sing a dhun or religious song. These requirements are deemed necessary by Professor Jayasinhji Jhala  if the project participants are going to penetrate the historical membrane and enter the spirit of the worlds of the palace that they hope to revitalize.

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