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The Grand Dussehra Celebrations at Kota

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The Grand Dussehra Celebrations at Kota

Dussehra is celebrated with great fervour in many parts of India. Each celebration has something different but dussehra celebrations in Kota city of Rajasthan are the most well-known. In Kota Dussehra is celebrated for 25 days every year. At the occasion, a fair is organized which starts on the first day of Navratri and goes on till a day before Dhanteras festival which marks the beginning of Deepawali.

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The tradition of Dussehra fair was started in 1723 AD by Maharao Durjanshal Singh Hada. Those days, the celebrations used to last 3 days. Maharao Ummed Singh II (1889-1940 A.D.) was the one who made Dussehra Mela what it is today.

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The effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarana and Meghnad are more than 75 feet tall here. A child dresses as Lord Ram does the honour of burning the effigies with an arrow of fire. Cultural programmes are organized and popular artists from all over India come to perform at the fest. Not only locals, but people from other parts of the country also come to witness the grand celebrations. International tourists also come to immerse in Dussehra Mela in Kota.

You can also become a part of this well-known celebration of victory of good over evil. Here’s the schedule-

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Four-day Rajasthan Divas Festival to mark state’s foundation day inaugurated in Jaipur

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‘Rajasthan Festival’, organised by Department of Tourism, Rajasthan kicked off from 27 to 30 March 2017. The four-day event is witnessing a variety of rich cultural events to celebrate the historical establishment of the majestic state of Rajasthan.

On 27 March, the Opening Ceremony began with the lighting of the Rajasthan Day Torch. The finals of the Rural Sports as well as the Cultural Extravaganza by the well known theatre director, Bhanu Bharti,  held at the SMS Stadium.

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On 27 and 28 March, a Cycle Marathon by the Sports Department was held at the SMS Stadium. On the same day ‘Jaipur Kathak Samaroh’ by Jaipur Kathak Kendra in association with the Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) are organized at the Central Park. ‘The Theatre of E. Alkazi’ (Exhibition) will be displayed at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) from 27 March to 5 April. On 28 March, there will be a Tattoo Show by Border Security Force (BSF) and Rajasthan Police at the JDA Polo Ground.

On the next two days – 28 and 29 March there will be ‘Bhajans’,  ‘Qawwalis’, ‘Gurbani’, ‘Vedic’ Chanting at a temple, a church and a gurudwara. The events will be organized in association with the Sanskrit Academy. A Children’s Film Festival has also been organised in a centrally located multiplex – Inox Crystal Palm. Similarly, International Festival of Short Films on Culture & Tourism will be held at Indralok Auditorium.

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On 29 March, an exciting Air Fly-Past and Air Warrior Drill by the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be held. Furthermore, the Army Pageant will showcase Trick Riding, Massed Pipes and Drums Show will be held by the Indian army at the JDA Polo Ground. In the evening, renowned Bangladeshi fashion designer, Bibi Russell will present a Heritage Fashion Show. Later the well-known bollywood singer Mohit Chauhan will perform at 7 pm at the mega-concert at the Albert Hall.

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On 30 March, the ‘Rajasthan Day Celebration’ will witness an attractive Projection Mapping Show dedicated to the people of Rajasthan at the Vidhansabha, Janpath. On 30 and 31 March, Gangaur procession will also take place at their traditional route from Tripoliya Gate to the Talkatora.

 

Rajasthan Divas Festival kicked off with grand opening at SMS Stadium Jaipur

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‘Rajasthan Festival’ began with a grand cultural extravaganza choreographed by none other than the well-known Director and Playwright, Bhanu Bharti. More than 300 hundred folk artistes from the State and all over the country gave a scintillating performance. The event was organized by the Department of Tourism today at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.

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The Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalyan Singh was the Chief Guest of the event. The Special Guests for the event were the Sports Minister, Shri Gajendra Singh Khimsar and Minister of State for Tourism, Smt. Krishnendra Kaur (Deepa).

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The 110-minute programme included Mass Band display by Army, Air Force as well as Rajasthan Police. The songs performed  by the bands were; Dharti Dhoran RiPal Pal Dil ke Paas and Jaha Dal- Dal Pe by Rajasthan Police Central Band; Vande Mataram, Chak De India, Jai Ho by Air Force Band, Pallu Latke Hai, Classical Kathak , Medley of Hindi songs like, Mere Sapno Ki Rani by Army Band and Sare Jahan Se Acha by combined performance by all the three bands.

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Performances choreographed by Bhanu Bharti included Shiv Mudra (Nagpur) followed by dance sequence — Chakhri, Gair, Chari, Dhapchang, Dhamaal (Haryana), Paika (Jharkhand) and Mewasi (Gujarat). These performances were presented to the tune of Langa Mangiyaar. Other performances on the occasion were include – Bhadoi Shikla (Assam), Kathak Jaipur and Chhabeli Dance(Uttarakhand), Lai Haroba (Manipur). The performance will conclude with Holi Dance by contingent of all artistes.

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The Rajasthan Divas Torch was brought by winners of the ‘Rajasthan Day Marathon’ from the Divisional Headquarters of the State. It first reached Ambedkar Circle and then Amar Jawan Jyoti and finally at the SMS Stadium where the Chief Guest and special guests lighted the Festival Cauldron.

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The evening also saw the finals of the ‘Rumal Jhapatta’ and Tug-of-War as a part of the Rural Sports Competition.

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During the opening day festivities the divisional tableaus were displayed at Janpath along with folk performances on both sides of the road. Grand fireworks display was also a part of the exciting programme.

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Jaipur Kathak Samaroh at Central Park

The 2-day ‘Jaipur Kathak Samaroh’ began at 8 pm at the Central Park. The Chief Guest for the occasion were the Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. N.C. Goyal. There were performances of ‘Devi Stuti’, ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’, ‘Chaturang’ and ‘Thumri’. While ‘Devi Stuti’ and ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’ were presented by Jaipur Kathak Kendra under the direction of Dr. Rekha Thakar; ‘Chaturang’ and ‘Thumri’ were presented under the direction of Harish Gangani from Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra.

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‘Devi Stuti’ showcased the victory of good over evil when Goddess Durga slaughters Asur. This was followed by ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’. The performance presented the moods of the women of Rajasthan. A part of the lives of these women go through separation when their heroes go abroad and fight in war. The performance showcased how beauty emerges from the various activities that the women do when their men come back from war, like getting dressed up, get excited and involve themselves in auspicious activities around the house.

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Smashing colors, melodious folk songs and dancing on drumbeats- Rajasthan’s Holi is unique

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The vibrant festival of colors – Holi is back this month (12th and 13th March 2017). This festival is celebrated in all of India, heralding the arrival of spring and giving adieu to winter. Spring season symbolizes a new beginning, fresh and optimistic start to life.

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The colorful festival of Holi has a mythological significance attached to it.

DAY 1 Sunday (12th March 2017):

On the eve of Holi, people light bonfire to mark the occasion of evil spirits in a ritual called Holika Dahan. Prahlad, a young follower of Lord Vishnu was forcefully taken into the burning fire but escaped the fire which proved to be a miracle. This was thus regarded as the triumph over evil.

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DAY 2  Monday (13th March 2017):

The next morning, people celebrate the victory with vibrant colors, singing, dancing, eating delicacies and celebrate the joyous moment of life by socializing with everyone. People dance to the beats of drums, sing, play games, drink bhaang and enjoy the festival in full energy and spirit.

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The royal courts of Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan play this festival in their unique style by throwing colors with tourists and visitors from all around the world.  The entire region is painted in colors as no one minds getting colorful on this day as people shout – Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!

Sail on the beautiful Lakes with Udaipur Lake Festival

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Lake city of Udaipur is one mesmeric destination in Rajasthan that attracts thousands of tourists every year! Moreover, the cultural and seasonal festivals make it more alluring city to visit! This year in an effort to sensitize people on the importance of water not only as a thing of utility but essential matter for everyone’s survival,  the tourism department and Udaipur Municipal Corporation (UMC) is all set to host the second ‘Lake Festival’ from November 18-20, 2016. Musical programs, adventure sports, jungle safari, bird watching, light and sound shows and art fair  would be held around the lakes during the three days of the festival.

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The Lake Festival is sure to allure the residents and tourists alike. A road show would also be flagged off on November 18 from Fatehsagar ki Pal which would move around Udaipur streets demonstrating the tasks undertaken to conserve rain water.To allure the youth, a national championship of dragon boats, open kayaking and canoeing events would be held during the festival.

The Lake Festival Attractions

  • Day 2 :- Singer Nitin Mukesh go to perform LIVE on 19th November, 2016
  • Timing :- 7pm to 10pm 
  • Venue :- Fatehsagar Paal
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  • Day 3 :- Ghazal Singer Panjak Udas to go perform LIVE on 20th November,2016 
  • Timing :- 7pm to 10pm 
  • Venue :- Fatehsagar Paal
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The festival is free and open for all the tourists and local people.  So witness and take part in the festivities of Lake Festival and to celebrate the beauty of beautiful Udaipur city.

Delhi Airport dazzled with 5 Rajasthani Dance Performances on Diwali

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Along with the tinge of lights this Diwali, Delhi Airport offered the passengers to taste the cultural galore of Rajasthan! Dance is the purest way to feel the joy and spirit of festivals! Here’s how the campaign called “#Spread The Light” rejoiced everyone on all the three terminals of Delhi Airport with 5 Rajasthani Dance forms! Let’s together enjoy how our dance forms beguiled the passengers on Delhi Airport
GhoomarPerformed on ceremonious occasions by women folk, the ubiquitous Ghoomar is premier Rajasthani dance form, which beautifully encapsulates the true spirit of Rajasthan’s vivacious culture.

Bhawai- Bhawai is a traditional Rajasthani folk dance form, which is performed with great skill. It is the art of dancing while maintaining a fine balancing act and poising many articles and items on one’s head.

Terah Tali- In this foot tapping and exciting dance form, almost around 13 Manjeeras or Cymbals are tied on the dancing women’s body and these cymbals are used by the folk dancers as accompanying instruments while moving and dancing!

Kalbeliya – This is one of the most sensuous and entertaining among all Rajasthani dances. The female dancers dance and swirl, replicating the movements of a serpent in Kalbeliya dance form.

ChariThe joy of collecting water from miles away in Rajasthan is reflected through this Chari dance. This folk dance is performed by group of women dancers who hold chari or pots on their head and a lighted lamp is then placed in the pot.

Isn’t it a beautiful way to bring the traveling crowd into festive mood ?

 

Pink City captured in 4K during Diwali!

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Pink City captured in 4K during Diwali!

Diwali is over but what is still etched in our memories are the beautiful decorations, lighting, colorful markets, lanterns, rangoli, lights and unending ceremonies. It is true that only few festivals in the world can match the sheer grandeur and spectacle of Diwali.

Though the festival is celebrated in most parts of the country but Jaipur Lighting stands apart. Witness the dazzling lights of Jaipur’s markets and enjoy the glory of Pink City which was captured in 4K by iphone7plus during Diwali.

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Ajmeri Gate

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Birla Mandir

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JDA

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Pink Square Mall

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Albert Hall Museum

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Amar Jawan Jyoti

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Crystal Court

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GT Bazaar

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Motisons Jewellers

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Nehru Bazaar

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Statue Circle

Pic Courtesy- JaipurBeat.com