Monthly Archives: January 2013

Kanota Library and Museum Inaugurated


The Kanota Library and Museum inaugurated today i.e on January 30, 2013 by Maharaja Gaj Singh and Princess Diya Kumari. The museum was inaugurated today by the Maharaja who was the Chief Guest of the ceremony and Princess was the Guest of Honour.

Built in 1892 by Thakur Zorawar Singhji, Castle Kanota stands amid over 8 acres of land and features this museum and library displaying a collection of rare books within its premises. The Museum and Library is now open for tourists.

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Pic: Maharaja Gaj Singh and Princess Diya Kumari looking around the General Amar Singh Kanota Library and Museum in Jaipur. The museum was inaugurated today by the Maharaja who was the Chief Guest of the ceremony and Princess was the Guest of Honour. Prithvi Kanota is also seen in the picture.

Brij Festival


brij festival

The Brij festival in Rajasthan takes place every year prior to the festival of Holi. Starting from February02 – 04, 2013, Brij festival is dedicated to lord Krishna who is believed to have spent a considerable time of his childhood at a place called Brij. The festival is yet another occasion for the villagers to be proud of the rich Indian culture and mythology.

The festival sees villagers splashing colours on each other and painting their houses in different and bright colours. The major highlight of the festival is the dance called Raslila which it is said was performed by Krishna and Radha in moments of deep intimacy and affection. The sight of villagers performing this dance in traditional attires is extremely pleasing. The sound of folk melodies and songs is a treat to the ears.


Jaipur International Film Festival


Jaipur International Film Festival

The Jaipur International Film Festival, world’s fastest growing film festival, is held every year now for 5 days. However, considering the chain of cultural activities happening in Jaipur during the tourist season and due to Film Market plans it has been decided that the festival would be organized this year from January 30th to 3rd February, 2013.

Launched in January 2009, Jaipur International Film Festival – JIFF became expanding establishing name in organizing world film festival every year in Rajasthan Pink City of Jaipur in India.

Jaipur International Film Festival Jaipur International Film Festival

And now Jaipur is having an honor of organizing World’s Fabulous Red Carpet award ceremony on February 03, 2013.  The programme highlights are are Award ceremony, Celebrity Ramp walks, World premiere, Cultural programme, Anchor slot, Fashion Show and Gala Dinner at the BM Birla Auditorium- Jaipur.

Kumbhalgarh Festival



Kumbhalgarh Festival is the place where India’s finest classical musicians, artists and renowned dancers assemble and give their best performances. Among the highlights of this festival includes the dance performance by local artists which get full encouragement and applaud by the audience as well. Some games like musical chairs and tug of war are also organized for young children.

The festival is mainly divided into two sections, one in the day time and other at evening. In the daytime, there are folk performances by the folk artists of Rajasthan with some amazing competitions for tourists. Evening in Kumbhalgarh is impressive and the explosion of sound, lights, colours and dance multiplies its beauty many times.

Historical place Kumbhalgarh gets more popularity through Kumbhalgarh Festival starting from January28 to 30, 2013. If you are visiting Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh or nearby areas, don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this fun filled festival.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 Kicks off with Mahasweta Devi’s keynote speech – ‘Oh to Live Again’


Ashok Gehlot – CM of Rajasthan and Margaret Alva – Governor of Rajasthan graced the inaugural event with their valuable presence


Mahasweta Devi, Ashok Gehlot - CM Rajasthan and Margaret Alva - Governor of Rajasthan at the inaugural ceremony of Jaipur Literature Festival 2013Mahasweta Devi, Ashok Gehlot – CM Rajasthan and Margaret Alva – Governor of Rajasthan at the inaugural ceremony of Jaipur Literature Festival 2013

The 2013 edition of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival started with an inaugural speech by eminent author and social activist Mahasweta Devi. She reflected her long and illustrious life and writing career in a speech laced with references to the rich world of ideas she has imbibed from the tribal and rural cultures that have been the subject of her work.


Ashok Gehlot, CM Rajasthan and Margaret Alva, Governor of Rajasthan at the inaugural ceremony of Jaipur Literature Festival 2013Ashok Gehlot, CM Rajasthan and Margaret Alva, Governor of Rajasthan at the inaugural ceremony of Jaipur Literature Festival 2013

Having written on the “culture of the downtrodden” throughout her life, Mahasweta Devi referred to the simple dreams of simple people in her speech. She called for the “right to dream” to be the first fundamental right of all human beings.


Mahasweta Devi at Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 with her keynote speech - Oh to Live AgainMahasweta Devi at Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 with her keynote speech – Oh to Live Again

In a speech poignantly titled ‘Oh to Live Again’ renowned author Mahasweta Devi said “My early years proved to be formative for my future work as a writer and activist. I also have a different approach to my writing process and I mull over the subjects in depth before setting out on the creative journey”

Mahasweta Devi at Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 with her keynote speech – Oh to Live Again

The five-day haven of literature that starts today brings together renowned authors, thinkers, philosophers from around the world to Jaipur. It will have speakers who will bring their thoughts, ideas, journeys and experiences to the Festival through debates, discussions and readings. With her keynote speech, Mahasweta Devi set the tone for a meaningful exchange of ideas through the rest of the festival.


Mahasweta Devi at Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 with her keynote speech - Oh to Live AgainMahasweta Devi at Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 with her keynote speech – Oh to Live Again

Commenting on this, Namita GokhaleFestival Director – DSC Jaipur Literature Festival said “We are delighted to begin the event with Mahasweta Devi’s warm keynote which was not only inspiring but thought provoking. She has been constantly working for Human Rights and Women rights to bring a change in the society.

The other sessions thorough the day to watch out for, are – ‘Remembering Sunil Da’ – A session that will mark the tribute to iconic author Sunil Gandopadhyay. It will be a session that will focus on his journey in the Indian Literature. Another session on that will catch the visitors attention will be Colliding Worlds: The Quest for Justice’ will speak across the divides of ideology and conventional identity tags. There would be an intriguing session by musical genius Javed Akhtar and Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director, Oxford University Press, Pakistan called ‘Ismat and Annie’. It will be a session where two brilliant minds will discuss literary argument between two Urdu writers Ismat Chughtai and Qurrat-ul-Ain Haider.

About The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival

The DSC Jaipur Literature Festival is considered to be Asia’s leading literature event, celebrating national and international writers, and encompassing a range of activities including film, music and theatre. The festival has already hosted some of the best-known national and international writers including Orhan Pamuk, J.M. Coetzee, John Berendt, Kiran Desai, Christopher Hampton, Ian McEwan, Vikram Seth, Wole Soyinka, Salman Rushdie, Pico Iyer, Simon Schama, Thomas Keneally, HanifKureishi, Vikram Chandra, Anoushka Shankar, Michael Frayn, Stephen Frears, Alexander McCall Smith, Donna Tartt, Tina Brown, Shashi Tharoor, Mohammed Hanif, Paul Zacharia, among many others. The Directors of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festivals are William Dalrymple and Namita Gokhale and the festival is produced by Sanjoy K. Roy and Sheuli Sethi of Teamwork Productions. DSC Limited is the principal sponsor of the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama to grace Jaipur Literature Festival 2013


“In the tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher” said by the his holiness The Dalai Lama, a great philosopher. He is the 14th Dalai Lama who was honored with The Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He is the person who strongly believes in peace, truth and generosity.  He is the man of his teachings, disciplines and principles.

The Dalai Lama

This year the Nobel Peace Prize laureate will honour the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 with his presence. “Literature has played a major role in my life,” the spiritual leader said. “Since childhood, reading has been of great importance to me and I am often reminded of the immense kindness of the scholars of the past who translated a vast array of Buddhist literature into Tibetan. I look forward to attending the Jaipur Literature Festival and meeting people writing and reading today.” The Festival is scheduled to take place from 24th to 28th January 2013 at Diggi Palace, Jaipur.

The Dalai Lama’s visit would be a prelude to discussions and readings on the theme ‘The Buddha in Literature’.  Today Buddhism is a way of life for many people around the world. The internal journey of awakening and personal evolution is mirrored in the literature, art and cultural practice of Buddhism. Our sessions on ‘The Buddha in Literature’ are a tribute to the way of seeing and knowing taught by the Buddha.”

Festival Co-Director William Dalrymple said, “I am thrilled by the extraordinary programme on the Buddha and literature put together by my colleague, Namita Gokhale. At Jaipur we have a long tradition of studying the confluence of the two great streams of Indian literature and spirituality. Up to now, we have concentrated on the Sufi and Bhakti traditions; now we have the pleasure of wandering through the rich pastures of Buddhist literature. The presence of the Dalai Lama is a particular honour for the festival and a delight for me personally.”

The mornings at Diggi Palace will witness Buddhist devotional songs by Chukie Tethong and Tenzin Norbu, chants by the DrepungLoseling monks and hymns by Ani Choying.

To know more about JLF 2013, visit this website

Inside Outside Mega Show in Jaipur


Inside Outside Mega Show

Inside Outside Mega Show Jaipur is the leading event focused on interior decoration, furniture, furnishing as well as building & construction industries. Organized by Business India Exhibitions, this premier exhibition serves as an outstanding platform for national and international exhibitors to launch their innovative products and interact with their target customers.

Since its inception in the year 1988, the Inside Outside Mega Show exhibition has extended its exhibition centers regularly. The audience at the Mega Show Jaipur, starting from January 25-27, 2013 at BM Birla Auditorium will have opportunity to network with key players in the industry and to gather information about the latest design, products and services.

National Amrita Haat begins at Jawahar Kala Kendra-Jaipur



The week-long National Amrita Haat began today at Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur. Starting from January 19 to 27, 2013 the exhibition will showcase a variety of products manufactured by women’s self-help groups from various States.

Products such as handloom and terracotta items, handicraft goods, artifacts, marble products, artificial jewellery, incense sticks, designer candles, clothes with zari work, paper mache items and decorative objects are on display at the Haat in a rural setting.


pickles and Jams

Pickles, Jams, sauces, papad, spices and a wide range of food items prepared are also available for sale. Besides, saris and clothes from different States will be special attractions for visitors to the fair.

Musical Extravaganzas at Jaipur Literature Festival 2013


DSC Jaipur Literature Festival promises a musical treat to delight its audience from 24th Jan to 28th Jan 2013. The Music program will begin every morning from Jan 24th at Diggi Palace.

Musical Events at JLF
The Music stage this year has an independent venue and has moved to the Clarks Hotel Lawns. World music performers from India, Spain, USA, U.K, & France will come together to celebrate the festival each evening from 7.30 – 10.00pm. Morning music session will be hosted at Diggi Palace prior to the opening session each day. An array of musicians including Ani Choying, Sonam Dorji & the Drepung Loseling Monks will perform each morning. A special tribute to Faiz will be presented by Zakia Zaheer, Sayeeda Hamid and Rene Singh.

The strong and rustic throw of power packed musician and performers in the evening music sessions will make the starry night glitter.

24th January 2013 | 7 – 10 PM

Susheela Raman and the Mian Miri Qawals – UK, India and Pakistan- 

Susheela Raman, Rajasthani band featuring Kutle Khan, Nathoo Solanki and Sam Mills will join forces with the mighty Mian Miri Qawals to open the first evening of festival.

Susheela Raman

Vincent Segal and the Master Musicians of Rajasthan – France and India

Vincent Segal from France and the Master Musicians of Rajasthan will blend their tunes together to create a magical tryst.

25th January 2013 | 7.30 – 10 PM

Rock Veda – India

A Delhi based progressive Fusion Band, will coalesce the natural emotion of Indian Classical music with a creative contemporary mix, belting out scintillating& heart hitting original compilations for music aficionados – Sufi to earthy music and from Hindustani to fusion Music.


26th January 2013 | 7:30 – 10 PM

Coke Studio @ MTV – India

Coke Studio @ MTV will usher a heady combination of Folk, Jazz, Sufi and Contemporary music, reinventing the way music captures our soul. Papon and Shilpa Rao will surely take the audience’s breath away.


27th January 2013 | 7:30 – 10 PM

Chicago Children’s Choir – USA

Chicago Children’s Choir, a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization from U.S.A, will present a Concert Choir. As a touring ensemble, the Choir has performed throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa,Korea, Japan, South America and Europe and for dignitaries  such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and  Archbishop Desmond Tutu .


Folk Songs (Punjabi & Hindi): Harpreet

Harpreet who is a classically trained vocalist, a self-taught guitarist and flautist will entertain through Punjabi and Hindi folk songs. He has performed at many popular festivals and prominent stages, and has composed music for theatre productions, documentaries and short films.

Joaquín Ruiz “Caravana” – Spain

A flamenco dancer from Spain, Joaquín Ruiz, will come with “Caravana”, a new musical live show interlaced with Mediterranean sounds, Arabic and Balkan melodies, Iberian and South American folklore.

Morning Program:

Audiences will also discover a more serene experience as the Buddhist music will be the key component in the morning sessions. Buddhist Chants by Drepung Loseling Monks, Buddhist Hymns & Chants by Ani Choying and Buddhist Devotional Songs by Chukie Tethong & Tenzin Norbu will make every dawn more soulful and spiritual.


Sonam Dorji, the master musician, vocalist, and composer who plays several instruments native to Bhutan and India, will captivate the audience with his music of Bhutan. International audiences know Sonam through his soundtrack contributions to the acclaimed Bhutanese film, Travellers and Magicians (2004) and his appearances at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Faiz Ka Manzoom Safar, a poetic journey through the life of the famous poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz in his own poetry through the medium of recitation and music will be presented by Syeda Hameed, Zakia Zaheer & Rene Singh.

The tickets for evening music sessions are priced at RS 300 per person and are available at the website


Kites and Firework dotted the Jaipur Sky


Thousands of colourful kites dotted the skyline of  Pink City- Jaipur on Monday, announcing the festive beginning of the year.


It seemed as if the whole of Jaipur had gotten together to celebrate the festival and engage in kite-flying. Rajasthan Tourism Department also organized a special kite fest for the both, the domestic, and international tourists at the Jal Mahal Ki Pal where tourists not only enjoyed kite-flying but also relished til ke laddoo, fini and gajak – special delicacies of the festival.



Apart from expert flyers, city’s oldest kite expert Babu Khan also displayed his skills, flying 100 kites with one thread. The colourful festival concluded with a spectacular show of fireworks lighting up the sky.