Monthly Archives: October 2015

Ashwa Poojan: An Eternal Mewar Festival of Rajasthan

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As per the Hindu legends and traditions, a horse has very important religious significance in our culture; they are the symbol of loyalty, self-respect, and power. At the time of wars they not only became warrior’s lone supporters but also sometimes were the only scope and hope for survival.

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One particular day in Rajasthan, i.e. Ninth Day of Navratri acts as a medium to show the gratitude and honor towards the noble breed of horses to which the Rajasthan’s Royalty owes so much. Shastra (arms which were used during war) are also worshipped on this day.

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Continuing this old tradition, a grand Regal Festival was celebrated at Manak Chowk, City Palace Complex, Udaipur, October 21, 2015 from 4. 30 pm to 6. 45 pm. Ashawa Poojan (horse worship ceremony) was performed by the present Maharana of the royal family, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur. This event is organized every year on Navami (ninth day) of Navratra.

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9th edition of Jodhpur RIFF to unfold today!

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Each year in October for five days, RIFF celebrates different musical heritages and creates new sounds through innovative collaborations of connoisseur of folk arts & music.

The 9th edition of ‘The Rajasthan International Folk Festival‘, popularly known as Jodhpur RIFF, that was conceived with the idea of promoting the talent of Rajasthani musicians and vocalists by bringing them on a common platform as renowned international artists, to  unfold on October 23, at Mehrangarh Fort- voted “Asia’s Best Fortress” by Times Magazine.

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The Blue city of Jodhpur is all set to witness range of cultural events for the coming 5 days. RIFF is set against the splendid backdrop of the Mehrangarh Fort. Some of the most refreshing artistic performances that involve a enchanting fusion of transnational and local artists are part of this festival.

The performances by two Grammy winners Yosi Fine, one of the world’s foremost bassist, and Wouter Kellerman is the main attraction of 9th edition of RIFF.

Guests can also enjoy a variety of events including traditional dance forms, a jazz night, a Rajasthani night and some early morning ragas to soothe the soul.

Dusshera Celebrations at City Palace, Jaipur!

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As in the past years, Dusshera Festival was performed with traditional as well as regal pomp and gaiety at the City Palace today. After the shastra-pujan (arms worship) the Dushhera procession started from City Palace towards the Vijay Bagh, Dushhera Kothi. Later, the procession returned to the City Palace. Many erstwhile thakurs and jagirdars of Jaipur participated in the traditional dresses.

Glimpses of the procession-

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Celebrate The Victory Of Lord Ram This Dusherra

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The colorful state of Rajasthan is equally known for its colorful festivities. Every festival epitomizes the social, cultural and religious aspirations of the people.

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Dusherra, also known as Vijaydashmi symbolizes the triumph of Goddess Durga over the demon buffalo- Mahishasur. Although this festival is celebrated all over the country but in Kota – this joyous festivity begins with the excitement of people to visit and be a part enthralling fairs and cultural events.

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As we celebrate this festival with gaiety and love on 22nd October 2015, we ensure success in every endeavor and bring the message of being in reverence and gratitude towards everything by burning 70-75 feet tall effigies of Ravana, his brother Khumbakaran and his son Meghnath and removing bad fate and celebrating the victory of good over evil.

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A Musical Saga With Coke Studio

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Jaipur witnessed a soulful musical night on Saturday (17th Oct 2015). Coke Studio, which is known for its brilliant live studio recorded performances by some great music artists, created a kick start to a musical journey.

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This edition of MTV Coke Studio took Jaipurites on a musical ride with music composer and singer- Amit Trivedi, singing some of the most successful songs- ‘Ik Tara’, ‘Chaudhary’ and welcoming people to the colorful state of Rajasthan by hymning ‘Padharo Mahre Des’.

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Ram Sampath, who is known for edgy music has been experimenting and re-inventing music from past two decades, enthralled the audience with his lively performance on the track ‘Bhaag Bhaag DK Bose’.

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A well known singer with bold voice- Sona Mohapatra gave an electrifying performance from Satyamev Jayate’s track – ‘Rupaiya’ along with a mash up of her tracks.

Coke Studio performance enraptured the attention of the whole of Jaipur and gave an energetic start to the weekend.

 

 

Dastkar Bazaar Is Here To Reveal The Real Crafts From India

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India is a finery of art and crafts and each state savors in its specialty of cultural ethos by presenting it in the form of handloom and craft. Craft over the years have become a catalytic tool for social and economic empowerment.

Dastkar is one such NGO giving a platform to a number of crafts and craftsmen and separating them from the usual urban market along with working for reviving their craft and also uplifting and encouraging the community.

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The Dastkar Bazaar, supported by the Government of Rajasthan unveils today by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. The Bazaar will showcase some of the finest craftsmanship from across the country by bringing artisans on a single platform.

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This vibrant celebration of crafts and culture begins from today (16th Oct’2015) and will be spreading the artistic skills till 8th November 2015. You can also learn these handcrafted skills from some traditional craftspeople through demonstrations and workshops.

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Image Credit: Dastkar Ranthambore

So come down at Urban Haat, Parshuram Dwara, Opposite Jal Mahal, Jaipur to revel the real beauty of Indian craft and craftsmen.

The Exciting Abhaneri Festival Starts Today

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Abhaneri is an ancient 9th Century village situated in the Dausa district of Rajasthan, which is famous for its post- Gupta and early medieval period heritage. The village has also contributed numerous pieces of sculpture to various museums across the world. The main attraction are Abhaneri step-well and Harshat Mata Temple.

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The Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan along with the Dausa District Adminstration every year organizes a three day festival (13-15 Oct 2015) in Abhaneri village. It is organized to promote the heritage of the area.

The 3 day festival is a blend of cultural performances like terahtali, bhavai, chakri dance, village safari and a craft bazaar to attract and entertain the tourists.

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Join in this full funfair with music and colorful performances.

 

 

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Dastkar Ranthambhore celebrates 25 years of Empowerment

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25 years ago in the village of Sawai Madhopur, a small organization with great mission of sustainable livelihood of those villagers affected by the formation of Ranthambhore National Park, started a handicraft workshop in a small room in Sherpur village near the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. They addressed the issues faced by the people from villages, who used to survive on tiger poaching and later affected by the formation of the National Park. With a handful of women and a dream, Dastkar Ranthambhore set forth to conquer adversity and became a self reliant enterprise in 2004.


Dastkar Ranthambhore now work in 8 villages, with around 500 artisans who create quality handicraft products like hand bags, cushions, quilts, rugs, bed sheets, toys and more that can be found in stores and homes across the world.

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The group with such wonderful initiative is now in its 25th year and invites every art and craft as well as wildlife lovers to be a part of their Journey further. Dastkar Ranthambhore is celebrating their Journey of 25 years from 21st October 2015 to 24th October 2015.

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Some of the planned events during the 4 days’ celebration include
1. Workshops guided by our artisans in block printing, tie dye, pottery, Mud mirror work, recycling and painting
2. Food court that serves local cuisine.
3. Live performances by local artistes – Drama, Music and Dance,
4. Craft Bazaar from the 8 villages.
 

Event Details are a follows
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Silver Jubilee Celebration of Dastkar Ranthambhore
Dates: October 21st to 24th 2015
Timings: 11.00 am to 06.00 pm
Venue: Dastkari Kendra, Opposite Kutalpura Village, Sawai Madhopur District, Rajasthan, India

Jaipur becomes open air art gallery

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Have you been noticing and smiling at the cool tribal art hoardings on a lot of traffic signals, unipoles and bus shelters in Jaipur? In a first of its kind initiative in the country – ‘Living Arts of Rajasthan’ our pink city has turned into an open art gallery on Gandhi Jayanti, which is becoming a reason to smile in the hectic quotidian city traffic.

Envisioned by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ms. Vasundhara Raje, this initiative has been taken to encourage and promote the rich heritage of tribal and folk art and its practising artisans. These hoardings are no normal ones, but have been designed with a very bold play of colors depicting perfectly the vibrant culture of Aapno Rajasthan

Apart from regular passersby, this project is an objet de vertu for all the art aficionados as it serves as a great cultural display. Be it the Rajasthani ladies clad in bright colored sarees & tribal attires, men wearing turbans driving or travelling in autos, buses, rickshaws, flights or women drawing mandanas etc, these paintings are surely stealing the hearts of locals and tourists.

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These famous paintings are a part of ‘Jogi art’ which are mostly done in black and white color. This colourful sight on the hoardings is only for a short period of 30- 45 days. The artists Ms. Teju Ganesh Jogi, Ms. Soni Jogi, Ms. Sangeeta Jogi, Mr. Bablu Jogi and Mr. Raju Jogi were especially invited to Jaipur to create the pieces for this project. During the 3-day stay, the artists created independent illustrations of ‘Jogi’ art, in both colour as well as black and white forms. Each hoarding carries the name and photograph of the artist, giving them the acknowledgement they rightfully deserve.

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With over 70 display sites, the initiative is managed by Jaipur Nagar Nigam, with cooperation of ‘Must Art Gallery’ in Delhi. The upcoming phases will display other tribal arts inherent to Rajasthan. Each art form is expected to be showcased around the city for at least 30-45 days. A permanent exhibition site and other innovative projects have also been proposed to support such art and artists in the State.

Jairangam returns to Jaipur with Khushboo-e-Rajasthan

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Jairangam 2Last year Jaipur with Jairangam was launched to the globe of theatre and observed the talented performances of the most excellent of the Artists, Playwrights and Directors of global reputation. Not even more, within a year, it won many hearts and is back again with the most exciting and entertaining theatre celebrations in Jaipur!

The Art & theatre aficionados of Jaipur are once again taking pleasure in the globe of theatre with Jairangam! “Jairangam 2015” – the renowned Theatre Festival is delighting the art and theatre lovers in Pink city from October 05th to 11th, 2015. This countywide theatre festival is endorsing the cultural, enlightening and financial happiness of the Jaipurites.

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Nevertheless,  ‘Khushboo -e Rajasthan’ the online photography contest, which is now in its second year is here to mesmerize the spectators and photographers.  Conceptualized under the banner of Jairangam in association with Jaipur Beat– Jaipur’s premium online blog, the contest received tremendous response from the avid and amateur photographers of the city and beyond. Even bigger and better, the contest this year is divided into two segments: CAMERA click and MOBILE Click. Each segment is further divided into three categories which are: A. Culture & Heritage, B. Changing Face of Rajasthan and C. Expressions.  The top winning images, selected by the Jury of renowned personalities of Jaipur, are now displayed under the Photography Exhibition happening at Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur.

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KHUSHBOO -E- RAJASTHAN

(An Online Photography Contest)

EXHIBITION VENUE -JKK (GALLERY1)

6th-11th Oct, 2015, Timing-11:00am to 7:00pm

Give a delightful treat to your eyes with incredible and fascinating photographs of Rajasthan and cultural vibrancy at the various events taking place at jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur under the banner of Jairangam!

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The event is sponsored by Jaipur Beat (an online blog)Forresta Kitchen & Bar (a leading fine dining restaurant in Jaipur) Nature Wanderers, Fataakse. in (Online department store) Soul Collective (an online fashion store), EPSON, SONY and The FOTO Gallery. 

Also find the event schedule and Show details of the Jairangam Theatre Festival. http://jairangam.org/schedule_event.html