Category Archives: Dances of Rajasthan

Soak yourself in the upcoming festivities of Navratri in Rajasthan!

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Navratri is a festival devoted to the worship of Goddess Durga. The word ‘Navratri’ literally means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit; Nav – Nine and Ratri – nights. And hence the merriment takes place for 9 days. All through the nine nights and ten days, various forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped.

This year, Navratri is commencing from October 1st and will end on 10th. On the 11th day Dusshera will be observed to celebrate the victory over evil.

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Each of the 9 days starts with first seeking blessings from the goddess and then moving on to celebration. The state is lit up during this time with everybody gushing with energy throughout. People get dressed in colorful attires and participate in Garba folk dance and Dandiya-Raas in which people match their steps to the rhythm of music and dance using dandiya (wooden sticks) with their partners.

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Navratri festival does bring people closer to each other and soak everyone in its joyous colors! This festival is especially popular among tourists because it gives them an opportunity to get closer to the rich culture of Rajasthan.

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So, now that the festival is this close, get ready to participate this year in the enthusiastic and vibrant festival of Navratri!

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Jodhpur’s “Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF)” is here to spark up the moods!

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On chilling October evenings, when the sun is setting and the sky is filled with orange and reddish hues, you hear light music passing by your ears and the wind embracing your skin gently.  Everybody wrapped in shawls and sweaters, occupying their place on the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, and listening to the enthralling music of Rajasthani Folk musicians. This is exactly how the setting of Jodhpur’s Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) is, which is conducted every year in and around Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort.

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Jodhpur RIFF is among the world’s top 25 music concerts which soak you totally into Rajasthani culture. This year, the fest is being conducted from 13th to 17th October. The event goes on from day to night where talented performers showcase their area of expertise and enthrall the spectators. From Rajasthani folk music to traditional dances, from circus acts to plays, everything keeps people engaged throughout.

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The Festival should not to be missed by anyone because this can only be experienced once in a year. The schedule for this year’s RIFF is as below:

Date Event(s) Time Venue
13-Oct Children’s Folk Morning 9.30 AM to 2.00 PM Veer Durgadas Memorial Park,

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Opening Night – Variety City Concert 8.30 PM to 10.00 PM
14-Oct 1)      Jodhpur RIFF DAWNS with the Meghwal of Marwar 5.30 AM to 7.30 AM Jaswant Thada (outside

Mehrangarh Fort)

2)      Kahaniyan Kahan hai? 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM Chokelao Bagh (Mehrangarh

Fort)

3)      Living Legends I 5.45 PM to 7.15 PM Lift Terrace

(Mehrangarh Fort)

4)      MOODY RIFF 7.45 PM onwards Old Zenana Courtyard

(Mehrangarh Fort)

5)      Desert Lounge (all acoustic, traditional – from Rajasthan) 11.30pm onwards Rao Jodha Park (Mehrangarh

Fort)

15-Oct 1)      RIFF DAWNS with Bhaga Khan Manganiyar 5.30 AM to 7.30 AM Jaswant Thada (outside

Mehrangarh Fort)

2)      Where do we go from here? An interaction with the next generation of Langa and Manganiyar musicians and their teachers. In Residence II – a series of interactive sessions with our custodians of culture 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM Chokelao Bagh (Mehrangarh

Fort)

3)      Living Legends II 5.45 PM to 7.15 PM Lift Terrace

(Mehrangarh Fort)

4)      STRINGS and BEATS 7.45 PM onwards Old Zenana Courtyard (Mehrangarh Fort)
5)      CLUB MEHRAN 11.30 PM onwards Venue to be confirmed
16-Oct 1)      RIFF DAWNS with Smita Bellur 5.30 AM to 7.30 AM Jaswant Thada (outside Mehrangarh Fort)
2)      Winds of the Thar – The aero-phonic instruments of Rajasthan In Residence III – a series of interactive sessions with our custodians of culture 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM Chokelao Bagh (Mehrangarh Fort)
3)      MOONRISE SPECIAL 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm Jaswant Thada (outside Mehrangarh Fort)
4)      INSIGHTS 7.30 PM onwards Old Zenana Courtyard (in Mehrangarh Fort)
5)      RIFF Rustle at Club Mehran with Ben Walsh and a pick of Rajasthani and international artists from the festival 11.30 PM onwards Old Zenana Courtyard (in Mehrangarh Fort)
17-Oct RIFF DAWNS with Jasleen Kaur Monga and Gurmat sangeet 5.30 AM to 7.30 AM Jaswant Thada (outside Mehrangarh Fort)

For more information, please visit http://www.jodhpurriff.org/index.php

All you need to know about Pushkar Camel Fair of Rajasthan

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Pushkar Camel Fair is a unique event. The fair is basically a market for animal trading but over the years it has turned into a cultural extravaganza. At Pushkar Fair, you not only get to see cattle and animal trading but witness the true colors of Rajasthan. Folk performances, markets for everything Rajasthani and delicious food add to the spectacle.

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What to Expect at Pushkar Camel Fair

Expect lots of fun and amazement! As the name suggests, you will see thousands of camels at the fair area. The camels are beautifully decorated. They are brought here not only for trading but also for entertainment of the tourists. A camel ride is not to be missed. Camel decoration contests and races are held at the fair. Besides camels, you can enjoy horse-riding too.

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If you have an adventurous streak, taking a hot-air balloon ride over the bustling terrain has to be in your list. Seeing all the activities from top is amazing and you can take a chopper ride too.

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Musical performances by folk artists from all over Rajasthan are the major draws. Live dance and singing performances by talented performers make the time special. Besides music, you will also see acrobatics and comic performances at Pushkar Fair.

The famous longest-moustache competition manages to attract a lot of people every year. Besides witnessing the games, you can also participate in some of them like matka race, turban tying and kite flying.

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Shopping is yet another attraction of this week-long fair. You can but Rajasthai prints and other art and crafts to take back with you. You will also see that decoration items for camels, cattle and women are sold side by side at the fair.

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When it comes to eating, there is no food item that you can’t get here. From spicy street food to traditional food of Rajasthan, everything lures you.

Now the most important part, taking back memories! Carry a camera and keep clicking because the sights you will see here are unique to the place. It is important to enjoy the moments but the pictures will be with you whenever you want to refresh your memory.

 

The Beauty of Pushkar City

When you are at Pushkar Fair, you are not limited to enjoying just the fair but it is also a great time to see the holy Pushkar city at its best. There are very few Lord Brahma temples in the world and Pushkar has the most well-known of them all. When in Pushkar, you should visit the temple. Besides visiting the temple, taking a dip in the holy Pushkar Sarovar nearby is also part of the ritual.

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To add to the experience, do not miss out on seeing the holy city glittering in the moonlight.

 

Pushkar Fair Programme Details

Pushkar Camel Fair will begin on 8th November this year and will conclude on 14th November on the occasion of Kartik Purnima.

Tuesday, 8th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
10 am Nagada Vadan & Pooja & Flag Hoisting at Mela Ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
10:30 am Mandana Competion,Camel Decoration Vyayam Pradarshan at Mela Ground
11:30 am Football Match with foreigners at Mela Ground
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Inaugration of Shilgram Handicrafts Bazar
5:00 pm Deepdan, Rangoli, Maha Arti & Pushkar Abhishek at Pushkar Sarovar
6:30 pm Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:30 pm Advaita Live at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Odissi dance by Tejaswani Roy

 

Wednesday, 9th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:00 am Heritage walk at Pushkar Circuit
10:00 am Langri Taang with foreigners at Mela Ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
10:30 am Satolia Match at Mela Ground
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:00 am Camel Decoration Contest at Mela Ground
12:00 pm Camel Dance Contest at Mela Ground
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:30 pm Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:30 pm Voice of Pushkar
9:30 pm Folk Entertainment

 

Thursday, 10th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
10:30 am Kabbadi at Mela ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:30 am Horse Dance Contest at Mela Ground
1:00 pm Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports at Mela Ground (Rassa Kashi, Volleyball, Kabaddi
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:30 pm Local Folk Performance at Dadha Area
7:30 pm Prem Joshua Live at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Voice of Pushkar – To be continued

 

Friday, 11th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
7:00 am Yoga at Mela Ground
9:30 am Spiritual Walk from Gurudwara to Mela Ground
10:30 am  Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:30 am Pushkar ki Patang – Kite flying competition & contest
1:00 pm Inter Panchayat Samiti Rural Sports at Mela Ground
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
7:30 pm Live Entertainment at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Best of Rajasthan Live at Mela Ground

 

Saturday, 12th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
9:00 am  “Lagaan” style cricket match at Mela Ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Shilpgram Handicrafts Bazaar (Open till 8 PM)
11:00 am Moustache Competition at Mela Ground
11:30 am Turban Tying & Tilak Contest
11:30 am Kite Flying at Mela Ground
4:30 pm  Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
7:30 pm Live Entertainment at Mela Ground
9:30 pm Indian dance performances by foreigners

 

Sunday, 13th November 2016

6:00 am Harmony Marathon from Ajmer Sharif to Brahma Temple
6:00 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
10:30 am Matka Race at Mela ground
10:30 am Adventure Activites at Adventure Zone (Till 5:30 PM)
11:00 am Horse & Camel Competition
11:30 am Musical Chair Race
1:00 pm Exhibition Kabaddi Match
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:00 pm Sunset Safari at the Dunes
6:00 pm Indian Groom & Bride Contest at Mela Ground
8:00 pm Roots of Pushkar at Mela Ground

 

Monday, 14th November 2016

6:30 am Hot Air Balloon Flights
9:00 am Mega Cultural Event & Closing Ceremony
9:00 am Camel Race, Matka Race, Tug of War, Group Dance,Kala Jattha & other Local Performances
4:30 pm Hot Air Balloon Flights
5:45 pm Maha Arti at Pushkar Sarovar
8:00 pm Fireworks at the High Level Bridge

 

How to Reach Pushkar Camel Fair

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Pushkar has no airport and the nearest airport is the Sanganer International Airport at Jaipur. From Jaipur you can reach Pushkar by road or by train in 2 hours.

Pushkar is well connected by train and by road from many other cities of Rajasthan so reaching here is easy.

With all this information at your hands so early, there is no way that you should miss this beautiful event!

Explore nightlife of Jaipur with “Jaipur by Nite” on September 16 & 17

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Great news has arrived for all those who would love to experience night life in Rajasthan. An event called Jaipur by Night is being conducted to promote night tourism in Jaipur. This is going to take place on 16th and 17th September.

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Band performing in musical night at “Jaipur By Nite” held in 2014

The event will begin with various performances. In fact, 16th will be dedicated to the cultural performances at the majestic Jaigarh Fort. The entry will begin from 5.30 pm onward where Rajasthani troupe will be performing at Chowk 1 & 2 on the beats of vibrant music while others will be showcasing the various other forms of art such as puppet dance, caricature artist, magic show, handicraft show, live painting at night etc.

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Glimpse of musical night at “Jaipur By Nite” held in 2014

A musical concert will also follow at Char Bagh in which the pioneer of Indian pop music, Euphoria will make you tap your feet to the beat of their music. Rajasthan Roots, which is a world’s famous band of folk musicians from Rajasthan, will make you groove under the sheet of stars in the moonlit skies. Then, the event will come to an end with dinner.

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Musical night at “Jaipur By Nite” held in 2014

The next day, Jaipur will experience its first after sunset marathon at night at Clarks Amer. The marathon has been divided into two tracks;

10k with timing chip for age group of 14 years and above

5k without timing chip and for all age group.

There will be other attractions running along like roadside bands, music and nukkad show on the theme etc.

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The charges for the event are as mentioned below-

Cultural night at Jaigarh Fort – Rs 2500

10k Marathon – Rs 1000

5k Marathon – Rs 500

For more details, please visit http://www.jaipurbynite.com/

Grand celebration in Jaipur on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi

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As Ganesh Chaturthi is approaching, sounds of celebrations and festivities is clearly reaching our ears. Enthused in the celebrations of birth of Lord Ganesha, people all around are conducting events and praying day and night. Similar set of events are being conducted at Moti Doongri Temple. The events started on August 30th ending on September 6th.

It began with the Panchamrit Abhishek of Ganesh Ji followed by various events such as Modak Jhanki, Dhrupad Gaayan. Today there will be Kathak performances by Kathak Kala Kendra. The following days- Mehendi Jhaanki, Janmotsav – all these series of events will take place ending with Jhaankiyan till Garh Ganesh.

Here are a few pictures from the event from last night:

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Also known as the god of beginnings, an aarti being done before him prior to the event.

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The performer tying ghungroos before her Kathak performance.

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Monochromatic dancers performing to the rhythm of dholak and sitar.

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Synchronising the steps and dedicating their performance to the Lord.

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The musicians and singers dedicating their music to the almighty.

Jaipur to organise fourth edition of “Jaipur by Nite”

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To add a spark to the night life of Jaipurites and its tourists, Pink City is holding the 4th edition of “Jaipur by Nite”. With the carnival beginning on 16 and 17th September, it will mark the beginning of first-of-its-kind night marathon this year.

With Diya Kumari its Brand Ambassador, the event promises to bring forth the rich heritage and culture of the state.

The first day of the event, i.e. 16th September will have various musical performances by bands such as Euphoria which will be performing at Jaigarh Fort. With a blend Rajasthani music, Rajasthan Roots will be enchanting its audience with Rajasthani folk fusion. Other than these will be various other Rajasthani Troupe performances like Kachhi Ghodi, Shekhawati Chang Dhap, Bhope Bhopi and Dhol wale along with some fun events such as puppet show, magic show, parrot card reader and live paintings at night.

The next day will be dedicated to Marathon which will begin from Hotel Clarks Amer which will be divided into two categories of 10 km (for 14 years and above with timing chip) and 5 km (no age limit without timing chip).

This event will provide a chance to all the visitors across India to participate and get accustomed to the heritage and culture of Pink City at night.

Take a look at some of the pictures from previous Jaipur by Nite events.

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Two-day festivities on the occasion of Krishna Janmotsav in Bharatpur

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On the occasion of Krishna Janmotsav (birth of Lord Krishna), two-day Kaman Festival is being organized in Bharatpur which began today. The festival started with ‘Shehnai Vadan’ at Shri Gokul Chandrama and Madan Mohan Mandir at 5 am. Followed by this are performances by various groups at 8pm.RTB

On the second day i.e. tomorrow 26th August, Nandotsav will be celebrated at Shri Gokul Chandrama and Madan Mohan Mandir at 9 am. It will be followed by a procession which will be starting from Shri Madan Mohan Mandir at 4 am. Artists will be showcasing their talents during this procession.

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At 5.30 pm tomorrow the procession will reach Kot Upar Stadium where Dadhi Dan Leeela, Matki Phod and various other programmes will take place. Accompanied by this will be the cultural performances by artists from various parts of the state like Kalbeliya dance (from Jaipur), Algoza and Chari Dance (from Tonk), Mayur Dance and Phoolon Ki Holi (From Deeg), Musical performances Bhapang (from Kaithvada).

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Hope you have a wonderful time throughout the celebrations.

Happy Janmashtami! 🙂