Ramgopal Kumawat who hails from Jaipur employs his interpretation of Rajasthani katputli puppets to comment on social hierarchies and the games people play. Kumawat creates visual puns by juxtaposing these puppets against everyday objects like the sewing machine or the ceremonial rifle.
Despite their lively and delightful forms, the novelty of traditional puppet shows has clearly worn off over the years with a variety of modern entertainment taking its place. It was the poignancy of the fading interest in puppets, accentuated by the slight desperation of the puppeteer that caught Ramgopal’s attention tugging at his heartstrings and causing him to revisit his roots and traditions.
Ramgopal Kumawat obtained a Post-Graduation Diploma in Printmaking from MS University in Vadodara and a Diploma in Painting from Rajasthan School of Arts, Jaipur. Kumawat received the AIFACS Award in Printmaking in New Delhi in 2006. He has participated in group shows such as Strands Come Together by Rukshaan Art in 2008, Harmony Show in Mumbai, The Baroda March by Rukshaan Art, and Two x Two by Sarjan Gallery in Vadodara, amongst others. Kumawat held his first solo show with Rukshaan Art titled A Period of Time in Mumbai in 2010. In 2014, Kumawat participated in a two-man show, Twin Clock, at Stainless Gallery in Delhi that was curated by Rukshaan Krishna. Recently, he participated in a group show at the ITC Windsor, Bangalore organized by Shilpa Duggar of Krisalaart.
Kumawat has been awarded several scholarships and awards.