The Sculpture Park at Nahargarh Fort
Earlier, the contemporary art exhibitions and shows have remained limited to metro cities— may be because a majority of contemporary artists and buyers are based there. To cater to that, these metro cities have a strong infrastructure of art galleries and institutions. But over the past few years, Rajasthan’s capital- Jaipur has seen a major uplift in terms of art and art exhibitions. The contemporary art is steadily getting the good response in the city and hence the heritage city is now offering some really interesting infrastructures for contemporary art exhibitions.
After its marvelous facelift in 2016, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) has become the favorite of contemporary artists in the city. It has lined up exciting programmes on its calendar for the same.
The autonomous set-up of Jawahar Kala Kendra now exhibits fascinating art shows for the connoisseurs of the city. The institution has set the bar high with monumental retrospectives of senior artists like Himmat Shah, titled The Euphoria Of Being (December 2017), which included works from the collection of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA) in Jaipur. “His works reference Rajasthan, his lineage.
Another promising set- up for contemporary art exhibition is the Gyan Museum in Jaipur. It is a private initiative launched in 2016. The late collector and gemologist Gyan Chand began his journey of collecting antiquities with two silver hookah mouthpieces, gifted by his father when he was 16. The museum now treasures more than 2,500 objects. In a striking building, which was designed by French designer Paul Mathieu, the collection is on display with an aim to inspire dialogue.
The Sculpture Park of Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur is something new, which cannot be missed. The joy of watching the contrast of contemporary sculptures in a 400-year-old fort is purely an experience worth cherishing.
Museum of the Moon- an art installation of a replica of the moon in Udaipur
The renowned artist promoted by British Council- Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon is touring India all this month, and this Tuesday, the Museum of the Moon landed in Udaipur where it was showcased at the City Palace’s Moti Chowk. It stayed in the sky till Wednesday night i.e. Valentine’s Day, the promoters said. Numerous people of the Lake City and tourists were enthralled not only to see the ‘Moon’ so close but also to feel its magnificence. They posed in various positions, some danced, some pretended to hold it on palm and carry on shoulders, while others kissed under the massive structure and rejoiced.
The 23-feet wide replica of the moon has been made from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera in collaboration with UK Space Agency and University Of Bristol and the Association for Science and Discovery Centres.
Giving details of the artwork to media, country director of British Council Alan Gemmell said, “2018 marks the 70 years of the organization in India and the end of the UK-India Year of Culture. We have been inspired everyday of the last 7 decades by the artists, students, scientists and policy makers we’ve worked across India”.
The Museum of Moon has so far traveled to 30 countries and this month it is touring India. Five surprise destinations had been chosen for its public display. After Bangluru and Mumbai, Udaipur is the third city where it has come, Alan informed. The Museum of Moon is half a million times smaller than the real moon- meaning one centimeter of it represents 5 kilometers of lunar surface.
Image courtesy : British Council India
The Third edition of the two-day Sawai Madhour Utsav will be celebrated with verve and enthusiasm on 18 and 19 January, 2018 at Sawai Madhopur in India’s culturally rich state of Rajasthan. MLA, Sawai Madhopur, Princess Diya Kumari informed that Sawai Madhopur Utsav is the celebration of the 255th Foundation Day of the district which is on 19 January. The Utsav is being envisioned as a festival of the rich heritage, culture, art and craft of the region.
The festival will host a melange of events ranging from ‘Sawai Alankaran’, ‘Rural Sports ’, ‘Kavi Sammelan’ and ‘Heritage Quiz’ among others. This was informed by the District Collector, Mr. K.C. Verma today in Sawai Madhopur.
The Festival will begin with traditional rural sports for men on 18 January. This will include Rassa Kassi and Turban Tying to name a few. It will be held at the renowned Raj Bagh. Later on the day, Football and Kabaddi matches will be held at Police Lines ground. For the lovers of“shero-shiyari , Kavi Sammelan will be held during the evening at the Indira Maidan, Bazaria, along with other attractions like Heritage Quiz and Sawai Alankran.
Day 2 celebrations will begin with Yoga Shivir. This will be preceded by Maha Arti at 9 am at the renowned Trinetra Ganesh Mandir. It will be followed by offering of floral tribute to the statue of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I at Nagar Parishad Parisar. To add a dash of color to the festival, traditional rural sports for women will also be held on the Day 2. The sports will include Kho-Kho, Rassa- Kassi and Goli Chamach. The Colorful Utasv will end with a Prize distribution and closing ceremony on 19 January.
In the two day pack of eye catching events, national and international dignitaries along with tourist are expected to participate. District collector, Sawai Madhopur, said that the Utsav is an annual feature and it’s the third edition this year. The festival will be a unique experience to cherish, he said.
Navratris begin and you find ample reasons to go out and shop for dazzling, attractive stuff for yourself and home! Several carnivals and fairs are organized to spoil you with choices and new trends. So, get ready for another annual bonanza of shopping and fun! The 6th Edition of the 4-day international textile and apparel fair, ‘VASTRA’ will be organized in Jaipur from 21 to 24 September at Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre (JECC) in Sitapura. It will be inaugurated by the Union Textiles & Information and Broadcasting Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani and Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje on 21 September, 2017.
The exposition is an all-encompassing trade fair and conference on Textiles and Apparel which will present a fusion of the finest and the latest in textile products – from fiber to fashion, services and technology.
The mega textile fair is jointly organized by RIICO and FICCI. ‘VASTRA’ has created a niche for itself in textile and apparel industry since its inception in 2012. The event is also supported by the Government of Rajasthan.
It is expected that over 250 exhibitors from 13 states will showcase their products over net exhibition space of 3600 sqm at JECC. Furthermore, around 300 overseas buyers from more than 50 countries and 200 representatives from around 100 Indian buying houses/agents are slated to attend the event. Karnataka is participating as Partner State and Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand and West Bengal are participating as supporting States in the event.
The first three days of the event will be devoted exclusively to B2B and the last day will be open for B2C, involving retail sales. General public is invited to visit the fair on 24thSeptember to shop for their favourite products.
This year VASTRA will have few new features like: Roundtable Conference on “Making Rajasthan a Garment Hub”; Jaipur Designers Festival and Sari Workshop. The exposition will continue to have Business Fashion Shows, Design Display Wall for budding designers, Rajasthan Pavilion which will showcase arts and crafts of Rajasthan.
Brazil witnessed the flavour of Rajasthan’s rich culture in an evening shows filled with traditional folk dances on 10 April. The audience was mesmerized by the enthralling performances of Kalbelia, Chari, Ghoomar, Bhawai and other folk dances at Brooklin in Brazil.
Furthermore, apart from the cultural performances the exquisite handicrafts of the State were also showcased at the venue. The visitors were hugely impressed by the miniature paintings, lac work, fine Kota Doria sarees, traditional leather shoes and block printing on textiles. Rajasthan’s gastronomic delicacies like Papad Ki Sabji, Aloo Mangori Ki Sabji, Besan Gatta, Choorma, Kesaria Kheer and Lapsi specially prepared by chef from the State became a huge hit. Promotional films were shown to the guests and publicity literature was given away to the visitors.
This visit was a part of the initiative of the Union Ministry of External Affairs to promote cultural exchanges between Brazil and Rajasthan. A 13 member group of the State comprising of 5 craftsmen, 6 folk artistes, one chef and a coordinating officer from Rajasthan Tourism went on a 5-day (8 to 12 April) visit to Sao Paulo and Brasilia.
Imagine taking a walk across the most wonderfully designed heritage structures and buildings in Rajasthan, and then chancing upon contemporary art in the form of picture perfect photographs. That sounds interesting isn’t it?
Well, here’s some good news: this is not just a fraction of your imagination but actually takes place at the Jaipur Photo Event. So then be its magnificent forts, shimmering lakes, handsome palaces, compelling historic structures, fascinating markets, colorful people, there are plenty subjects that do not let your camera leave its charm to capture frames, and Jaipur Photo is that event, which will delight your senses and shutterbugs.
Held last year in the month of February, this year again to celebrate our love for the camera, Jaipur is hosting the second edition of Jaipur Photo– a 10-day festival from 24th February to 5th March 2017. The event will be celebrated across the Pink City such as the Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall Museum and Jawahar kala Kendra. Photographs printed in large formats of national & international photographers will be displayed that will eventually transform the Pink City into a Photographer’s Paradise.
The event witnesses internationally renowned guest curators set up this exceptional display. It is not only a great platform for photography enthusiasts but is also known to propagate contemporary visual culture. These admirable pictures will teleport you into a different world altogether.
As we are already excited about the Jaipur Literature Festival, which will host some of the most renowned literary heavyweights, an announcement on Friday about two “Heritage Evenings” is all set to raise the bar of the event to a new level. Rajasthan Tourism has collaborated with the Literature Festival this year to showcase poetry and music against the backdrop of two of Jaipur’s heritage monuments — the Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal on January 20 and 21.
Replicating an “East meets West” scenario, the celebrated American poet Anne Waldman and polular Bollywood lyricist Swanand Kirkire will mesmerize visitors with their readings in a session named “Rhythm and Rhyme.” This evening of poetry readings will be held at Amber Fort on January 20 and will bring voices from two sides of the globe, followed by a sarod Recital by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour.
“Mujre Se Multiplex Tak,” will take the audience on a journey through the magical realm of entertainment at Hawa Mahal on the following evening.
Writer and musician Vidya Shah will reflect on these changes through song while actor Luke Kenny punctuates them with poignant poetry and quirky banter.
“With the support of Rajasthan Tourism, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival will celebrate the wonderful cultural and architectural heritage of the city of Jaipur through the Festival’s Heritage Evenings! The exclusively curate evenings will offer an experience that uniquely places cultural performances within the context of the city’s built heritage and allows audiences to engage with these significant places in a new dimension.
This year’s list of speakers at the lit fest sees a host of Man Booker winners and nominees check out whom to listen in our next blog!