Category Archives: Festivals

Festivities of Eid-al-Fitr in Jaipur


Eid Jaipur Beat

You can smell festivity in the air and devotion on faces because it is the festival of Eid after the month long fast of Ramzan! Observed annually by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (sawm), Ramzan is followed by the entire Muslim community in order to get closer to God and to remind them and live the life of the less fortunate ones.

Did you know that the word Ramzan comes from a translated version of Ramadan, which is derived from the Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad, which means scorching heat or dryness ? Because the time right now is of peak summer and that makes this fasting even more difficult and challenging to follow.

Though Ramzan is followed and celebrated in all the areas of Jaipur, the festival’s real sheen is seen in the walled city, especially Ramganj Bazaar. The market was named Ramganj after Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II who was the one to bring modernization in the architecture of Jaipur. The name Ramganj, Ram + Ganj (meaning area) reaffirms that this area is the soul of the city as it houses the oldest mosques that smoothly blend in the wise architecture of the walled city of Jaipur. Along with a plethora of mosques, the city’s most authentic Mughal cuisines are found in Ramganj Bazaar and the nearby lanes (galiyan). Ramganj Bazaar is equivalent to the Char Minar of Hyderabad & Jama Masjid of Delhi.

But how exactly do they go about the fasting?

Every Muslim, mostly after he/she turns 12, considers it their farz (duty) to fast during Ramzan but are excused in case of special circumstances like illness, pregnancy, travel etc. Ramzan is the ninth pillar of Islam and is practiced in reverence of Allah. The month generally consists of 29-30 days depending on the visual sightings of crescent moon and all the followers follow the timetable of Mecca. They eat before 4 a.m. and post that, they don’t eat or drink anything throughout the day, including water. The meal that they have in the morning is called Sehri. As the day proceeds, they recite namaaz at mosque (masjid) in the evening and at around 7:15 i.e. after sunset, they open their fast with something natural like fruits, dates (khajur), milk, water – basically anything which isn’t cooked over fire. Dates are popularly eaten to open the roza for their distinguishing quality of providing instant energy after a day full of fasting. The meal served in the evening is called Suhoor or Iftaar.

After Iftaar, the devotees visit Masjid at around 9 p.m. where Quran is recited for around 1.5 hours and all the people sit there listening to it. After 29 or 30 days, i.e today, the Eid-Al-Fitr celebrations are in full swing when mosques are decorated, the lanes are dazzling in lights and folks visit each other to wish and exchange sweets especially Sevayian Kheer as it’s also known as Meethi Eid. The night of spotting the moon and ending the fasts is known as ‘Chaand Raat’ or the night of the moon 🙂

Sevayian Kheer Jaipur Beat

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Eid Mubarak 🙂

Behold the colourful extravaganzas of Gangaur Festival in Rajasthan

Behold the colourful extravaganzas of Gangaur Festival in Rajasthan

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Vibrant clothes, mehandi designed hands, sounds of folk music, temple hymns and decorated streets! Gangaur festival offers a beautiful blend of religious and colourful extravaganzas in the culturally rich state of Rajasthan. It is among the most enthusiastically celebrated fairs and festivals of Rajasthan. Celebrated across the state, Gangaur reserves a remarkable seat in Jaipur. It is held in the months of March or April. This year’s dates are 30th and 31st March.

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Gangaur festival in Rajasthan is also considered as a celebration of ‘Martial Fidelity‘. Onlookers, especially tourists, find it exciting to watch the various ceremonies and activities of the festivals and show keen interest in learning about the culture.

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You’d love to catch a glimpse of groups of womenfolk, who are the main participants of the festival. They enthusiastically adorn the idols of Eesar (Lord Shiva) and Gaur (Goddess Gauri), the consort of Lord Shiva. The intensity of faith that is manifested as clay idols of Eesar and Gaur is worth admiring. Another noticeable thing would be the women, who beautifully adorn themselves with vibrant outfits and traditional jewellery. The festivals add spark to Rajasthan tourism by attracting people from foreign lands who are inclined towards culture.

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The belief working behind the Gangaur festival is  the hope that the worship would bring harmony in the lives of married women. Serving as the well-known Rajasthan attractions, the festival is equally important for unmarried girls as they get a good husband.

Gangaur Festival Rajasthan

The Gangaur festival in Jaipur is celebrated with great fervor in the royal families of Rajasthan as well. Magnificent human size idols of Eesar Gangaur are placed in the City Palace and other royal houses for worshiping. The royal women also get mehandi (Heena) applied on their hands by expert professionals.


The most exciting part of the festival is when women take out the Gangaur processions on the street, followed by immersing these idols in river or lake. The euphonic voice of ladies while singing the traditional songs, dedicated to the Gods is mesmerizing.


Pic: Google

While in Rajasthan, especially Jaipur, don’t miss to sweeten your tongues with finger licking “Ghewar”, a sweet dish that specially being distributed on the occasion.

2nd UDAIPUR WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL- a  promise of more zing and fervor



Udaipur World Music Festival is a three day event which brings together more than 150 artists from across sixteen countries including United Kingdom, Italy, South Africa, Senegal, Canada, Armenia, Turkey, Macedonia, Mozambique, Norway, Iran, Cuba, Switzerland and India among other nations to multiple venues across the city of Udaipur.

The festival featuring a diverse mix of music from different continents and regions coming together in one of the best Tourist destinations of India turns Udaipur into a much more culturally vibrant destination during these three days. It is an annual event where International and domestic travelers flock to Udaipur to witness the magic of music.

Programme Details- February 10-12, 2017

The first day of the festival, this year will take off from Gandhi Ground where Iranian American Singer Azam Ali will introduce us to the spiritual world of Electro Sufi World Music with her music partner Niyaz and the very famous Kailash Kher & Kailasa will croon Sufi numbers. For an international spin, the collective of musicians from Mozambique, Norway, Sweden and Zimbabwe—Monoswezi—will hypnotise the crowd with their fresh spin of traditional African songs.

On the second day, Fateh Sagar Paal lake of Udaipur will echo with the magical poetic renditions of Ablaye Cissoko from Senegal who will collaborate with the Constantinople Ensemble from Canada for the first time in India. Music lovers will also witness band Kabir Café celebrating the great Saint Kabir’s writings. In the evening, Gandhi Ground will come alive with smashing rock numbers of Indian band Parvaaz and South African World Music band Hot Water. The day will conclude with a high-energy performance by Bangalore based folk/fusion band, Swarathma.

The third and final day will be one filled with a lot of novelty like trance and gospel music which seldom come on a big platform like this. The day will commence at Fateh Sagar Paal with Brazilian songs, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jazz renditions of the vivacious Swiss-Cuban musician Yilian Canizares. The festival will end in the evening at Gandhi Ground with three performances—Italian band Officina Zoe will introduce you to the world of trance with the Trance Therapy Music of Taranta; guitarist and composer Dhruv Ghanekar’s new project Dhruv Voyage will join force with some of the exciting musicians in the country and London Community Gospel Choir will give the festival a fitting spiritual finale.

ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2017 Programme Schedule


The Zee Jaipur Literature Festival is just a couple of days away (19-23 January 2017), and you are one of those who don’t want to miss any important reading, interview session at any cost. So, here’s a list of all the sessions including cultural and musical evenings at Diggi Palace, Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal and other venues . Enjoy 🙂

Jaipur Literature Festival 2016

9:15-9:50   Morning Music: 
Shillong Chamber Choir
10am- 11am   1. Keynote Address: Gulzar & Anne Waldman        
11:15am – 12:15pm 2. One Child: The Past and Future of China’s Most Radical Experiment:
Mei Fong introduced by Suhasini Haidar
3. Plenty:
David Hare in conversation with Raja Sen
4. Jawai: The Land of the Leopard
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Jaisal Singh and Ruth Padel in conversation with Meru Gokhale
5. Migrations:
Lila Azam Zanganeh, Sholeh Wolpé, Vladimir Lucien and Valzhyna Mort in conversation with Tishani Doshi
6. Global Hindi: The Desi Diaspora:
Anu Singh Choudhary, Divya Mathur, Nand Kishore Pandey and Francesca Orsini in conversation with Philip A. Lutgendorf
7. Wordsmith:
Patricia Forde introduced by Nandana Sen
12:30pm – 1:30pm 8. Murder, Madness and the Oxford English Dictionary:
Simon Winchester introduced by Jonathan Shainin
9. Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy
Sadhguru in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy
10. Saakshi: The Witness:
S.L. Bhyrappa in conversation with Vivek Shanbhag
11. How Green Was My Valley:
Naseem Shafaie and Neerja Mattoo in conversation with Neelesh Misra Presented by Kashmir Loom
12. A Life With the Trilobites:
Richard Fortey introduced by Valmik Thapar
13. Imagine: The Freedom to Dream:
Anne Waldman introduced by Puneeta Roy
1.40pm – 2.20pm 14. The Enigma of Amma
Vaasanthi in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand
14A. Eternal Cities: Encounters and Inspirations
Abhay K, Amruta Patil Marcos Giralt Torrente in conversation with Rob Schmitz
Presented by Mahindra World City
14B. Book Launch: State of India’s Environment, 2017, released by Sunita Narain   LUNCH 14C. Lady Driver: 
Chand Sakshi, Meenu Vadera and Poonam in conversation with Urvashi Butalia Presented by Azad Foundation
2:30pm – 3:30pm 15. Of Black Swans and Intellectual Fallacies:
Nassim Nicholas Taleb introduced by David McWilliams
16. The Sellout
Paul Beatty in conversation with Meru Gokhale
17. Cultural Encounter: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court:
Audrey Truschke introduced by Kavita Singh
18. Azaadi Mera Brand: Walking Free
Anuradha Beniwal in conversation with Swanand Kirkire
19. Marks of Identity:The Romance of Spanish:
Javier Montes, Marcos Giralt Torrente, Marina Perezagua and Sheila Cremaschi in conversation with Guillermo Rodríguez
20. Negotiating the Net in the Teen Years:
Clare Azzopardi in conversation with Anu Singh Choudhary
3:45pm – 4:45pm 21. The Foreign Correspondents Club:
Dexter Filkins, Luke Harding, Madeleine O’Dea, Mark Tully, Mei Fong and Robert F. Worth in conversation with Suhasini Haidar
22. The Legacy of the Left:
Timothy Garton Ash and Mridula Mukherjee in conversation with Patrick French
23. The Roots of Yoga:
Mark Singleton and Jim Mallinson in conversation with Sudha Gopalakrishnan
24. Lost Kingdoms: The Hindu and Buddhist Golden Age in South East Asia:
John Guy introduced by Kavita Singh Presented by Avid
25. The Quest for life: Spiritual and Material Strivings of Rural Rajasthan: Bhrigupati Singh and Hari Ram Meena introduced by Ashutosh Varshney 26. Big Cat Story:
Anjali Singh and Sanjna Kapoor in conversation
4.45pm – 5:15pm 26A. 26B. Book Launch: The Sari of Surya Vilas by Vayu Naidu 26c. BOOK LAUNCH31 Miles by Vinita Bakshi TEA TEA 26D. Book Launch: EKAM:The Supreme Oneness by Sangeeta Gupta released by Keki Daruwalla
5:15pm – 6:15pm 27. We The People of India:
Ashok Desai in conversation with Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Madhav Khosla
28. Kitna Kuch Jeevan:
Manav Kaul and Swanand Kirkire in conversation with Satyanand Nirupam
29. In Search of a Muse: On Writing Poetry:
Anne Waldman, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Ishion Hutchinson, Kate Tempest, Tishani Doshi and Vladimir Lucien in conversation with Ruth Padel
30. Blood and Flowers:
Amruta Patil introduced by Namita Gokhale
31. Amrutara Santana: The Dynasty of the Immortals:
Chandrahas Choudhury, in conversation with Jatindra K. Nayak
Jaipur BookMark
32. Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar:
Ambika Dutt, Angélica Freitas, Madhup Mohta and Nandana Sen, moderated by Sukrita Paul Kumar
7.30pm EVENING PERFORMANCE            






9:15-9:50am   Morning Music        
10:00am – 11am 33. Suspected Poetry: Gulzar and Pavan K. Varma in conversation 34. Ginsberg and the Beat Generation
Anne Waldman and Kunga Tenzin Dorji in conversation with Pragya Tiwari
35. W.B. Yeats: The Arch Poet:
Roy Foster introduced by Tishani Doshi
36. Navras: Understanding Indian Aesthetics:
Alka Pande, Harsha Dehejia, James McHugh and Makarand Paranjape in conversation with Mrinal Pande
Presented by Getty
37. How Bitter the Tale of Love: Pleasure in Ottoman IstanbulCemal Kafadar introduced by Vedica Kant 38. Mamma ki Diary:A Mother’s Tale:
Anu Singh Choudhary in conversation with Deepa Agarwal
11:15am – 12:15pm 39. Kohinoor:
Anita Anand and William Dalrymple introduced by Swapan Dasgupta 
Presented by Getty
40. Before We Visit the Goddess:
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in conversation with Shrabani Basu
41. The Heart Has Its Reasons:
Ira Trivedi and Ravinder Singh in conversation with Lucy Beresford
42. Across the Rivers: Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb:
Saeed Naqvi in conversation with Pavan K. Varma
43. The Heart:
Maylis de Kerangal in conversation with Amrita Tripathi
44. Do Tigers Drink Blood and Other Mysteries of Nature:
Arefa Tehsin
12:30pm – 1.30pm 45. Man Tiger:
Eka Kurniawan in conversation with Deborah Smith
46. Main Shayar Toh Nahin
Rishi Kapoor in conversation with Rachel Dwyer
47. The Poetry of Amazement:
Vikram Chandra in conversation with Tishani Doshi
48. Look Back in Anger: Writing and Remembering:
Ajay Navaria and Hari Ram Meena in conversation with Anu Singh Choudhary
49. By Steppe, Desert and Ocean: The Birth of Eurasia:
Barry Cunliffe introduced by Tim Whitmarsh Presented by Aga Khan Foundation

Aspire: The Freedom to Dream:
Mridula Koshy in conversation with Puneeta Roy

1:40pm – 2:20pm 51.Writing Our Times:
Manu Joseph and Karan Mahajan in conversation
51A. Baahubali:
Anand Neelkantan, S.S. Rajmouli and Prasad Devineni in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand
Presented by Westland
51B. Book Launch: Living With Tigers by Valmik Thapar, released by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje with readings by Sanjna Kapoor 51C. Matters of Faith
Ruth Padel and Ravi Shankar Etitheth in conversation with Vayu Naidu
LUNCH 51D. Book Launch:Farmer Falgu Goes Kite Flying by Chitra Soundar released by Sayoni Basu
2:30pm – 3:30pm 52.Queen Victoria:
A.N. Wilson introduced by Shrabani Basu
53. The Line of Beauty:
Alan Hollinghurst in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury
54. The Tamil Story:
Imayam Annamalai, Kannan Sundaram and Subhashree Krishnaswamy in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand
Presented by Westland
55. On Disparity Among Indian States:
Prerna Singh and Antara Ganguli introduced by Ashutosh Varshney
56. Uttara Kanda: Searching Sita:
Arshia Sattar and Volga in conversation with Vayu Naidu
Women Uninterrupted
57. Learning to Learn: Creativity and Happiness:
Lucy Beresford and Shubha Vilas in conversation with Shazia Omar
3:45pm – 4:45pm 58. The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq:
Emma Sky, Dexter Filkins, Hardeep Singh Puri and Robert F. Worth in conversation with Jonathan Shainin
59. Narasimhanomics and the Legacy of Reforms:
Vinay Sitapati and Sanjaya Baru in conversation with Surjit Bhalla
60. Captives:
Linda Colley introduced by Sunil Khilnani
Presented by BBC History
61.The Pleasures and Perfections of Sanskrit:
Jim Mallinson, S.R. Bhatt and Sudha Gopalakrishnan in conversation with Vikram Chandra
62. The Master:Vivekananda and his Teachings:
Hindol Sengupta and Reba Som in conversation with Makarand Paranjape
4.45pm – 5:15pm 63A. Book Launch: The Promise of Beauty & Why it Matters by Shakti Maira, released by Geeta Chandran, Namita Gokhale and Ruth Padel 63B. Book Launch: Sahitya Alochan ki Adhar Bhoomi by Nand Bhardwaj Released by Justice Shiv Kumar Sharma, C.P. Deval, Hari Ram Meena and Durgaprasad Agarwal TEA TEA TEA 63C. Book Launch:Naad Anunaad: Haiku Anthology edited by Kala Ramesh, Sanjuktaa Asopa and Shloka Shankar
5:15pm – 6:15pm 64. Of Saffron and the Sangha:
Dattareya Hosabale and Manmohan Vaidya in conversation with Pragya Tiwari
65. A World of Disruptions:
Emma Sky, Ha-Joon Chang, Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Sadaf Saaz in conversation with Patrick French
66. Gambits and Game Changers: Relooking the Indian Economy:
Mihir S. Sharma and Surjit Bhalla, in conversation with John Elliott
67. The Craftsman:
Richard Sennett introduced by Kavita Singh
68. “I Resemble Everyone But Myself”: Understanding A.K. Ramanujan:
Guillermo Rodríguez in conversation with Philip A. Lutgendorf and Arshia Sattar
Jaipur Bookmark
69. Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar:
Harsha Dehejia, Monica Gaur, Pierre Joris and Shanta Acharya, moderated by Keki Daruwalla
7.30pm EVENING PERFORMANCE            






9:15am- 9:50am   Morning Music: 
Padmini Rao
10:00am – 11am 70. The Page is Mightier than the Screen:

Alan Hollinghurst, David Hare, Neil Jordan, Richard Flanagan and Ritesh Batra in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury


71. The Biographer’s Ball:
A.N. Wilson, Andrew Roberts, David Cannadine, Lucinda Hawksley, Roy Foster and Suzannah Lipscomb in conversation with Anita Anand
72. Civil Wars: From Antiquity to ISIS: David Armitage introduced by Vedica Kant 73. Traditions of Healing: Travels Through Indian Medicine: Aarathi Prasad introduced by Bhrigupati Singh 74. The Tartan Turban: A Scots-American at Ranjit Singh’s Court: John Keay introduced by William Dalrymple 75. Not Yet!:

Nandana Sen introduced by Arefa Tehsin

11:15am – 12:15pm 76. Magna Carta: The Spirit of Justice:

Claire Breay, Chintan Chandrachud, David Carpenter and Helena Kennedy in conversation with Patrick French


77. Standing on an Apple Box: Memoirs and Memories:

Aishwaryaa Rajinikanth Dhanush in conversation with Sudha Sadhanand

78. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World: A.N.D. Haksar, Alex Watson and Tim Whitmarsh in conversation with Arshia Sattar 79. The Heart of the Story:
Clare Azzopardi, Keki Daruwalla, Mark Tully and Mridula Koshy in conversation with Sunil Sethi
80. Far Districts and Sounding Ground: Two Caribbean Poets:
Ishion Hutchinson and Vladimir Lucien in conversation with Tishani Doshi
81. Terribly Tiny Tales and Beyond
Anuj Gosalia and Chintan Ruparel
12:30pm – 1:30pm 82. The Secret History of Capitalism:
Ha-Joon Chang introduced by Sanjeev Sanyal
83. Brexit:
A.N. Wilson, Andrew Roberts, Linda Colley, Surjit Bhalla and Timothy Garton Ash in conversation with Jonathan Shainin
84. On Cultural Appropriation:
Ajay Navaria, Jim Mallinson, Mark Singleton, Mrinal Pande and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Pavan K. Varma
85. Kalidasa: The Eternal Poet:
A.N.D. Haksar and Bibek Debroy in conversation with Alka Pande
86. The Street of Eternal Happiness:
Rob Schmitz introduced Samanth Subramanian
87. Awakenings: Freedom to Dream:
Ornit Shani in conversation with Puneeta Roy
1:40pm – 2:20pm 88. Debate: Building a Country: Science or the Liberal Arts?:
Bohdan Krawchenko, Devesh Kapur, Dipankar Gupta, Michael S. Roth, Sukrita Paul Kumar and Tarun Khanna moderated by Shail Mayaram
Presented by Aga Khan Foundation and Wesleyan University
88A. The Kahaani Connection: Story of My Stories: Neelesh Misra introduced by Rahul Pandita   88B. Book Launch:Court Singing of Rajasthan: Mand and Rajasthani Folk Songs by Krishna Mohan Bhatt    
2:30pm – 3:30pm 89. Akbar: Kitna Itihas, Kitna Upanyas: Shazi Zaman in conversation with Ravish Kumar 90.Parikrama:
Narendra Kohli in conversation with Anant Vijay
91. Olympus: Devdutt Pattanaik introduced by Amrita Tripathi 92. Sur, Sangeet, Sahitya: Writing about Music:
Mrinal Pande and Yatindra Mishra in conversation with Vidya Shah
93. Naari Chetna: Naye Swar — Women Voices: New Writing from Rajasthan:
Manisha Kulshreshtha,Rajani Morwal, Tasneem Khan and Uma in conversation with Durgaprasad Agarwal
Presented by Mahindra World City
94. Quiz:
Siddharth Basu
3.45pm – 4.45pm 95. The Dishonourable Company: How the East India Company Took Over India:
Giles Milton, John Keay, Jon Wilson, Linda Colley and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with William Dalrymple
96. Things to Leave Behind:
Namita Gokhale in conversation with Mrinal Pande and Sunil Sethi
97. Winner or Loser? Does the 21st Century Belong to China?:
Dambisa Moyo, Madeleine O’Dea, Mei Fong and Rob Schmitz in conversation with C. Raja Mohan
98. Indica:
Pranay Lal in conversation with Pradip Krishen introduced by Richard Fortey
99. The Rest is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century:
Alex Ross introduced by Ruth Padel
100. The Incredible History of India’s Geography:
Sanjeev Sanyal introduced by Hindol Sengupta
4:45pm – 5:15pm 100A. Book Launch: Litro Magazine by Erik Akoto, released by Shashi Tharoor 100B. Book Launch:Capitals by Abhay K, released by Ruth Padel 100C. Kanhaiya lal Poetry Award TEA TEA  100D. Dainik Bhaskar Award
5:15pm – 6:15pm 101. Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working:
Dambisa Moyo and Ha-Joon Chang introduced by Mihir S. Sharma
102. At Home in the World
Angélica Freitas, Eka Kurniawan, Kyoko Yoshida, Vivek Shanbhag and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Helena Kennedy Presented by Zindagi
103. Writing the Self: The Art of Memoir
Bee Rowlatt, Brigid Keenan, Emma Sky and Hyeonseo Lee in conversation with Samanth Subramanian Presented by Getty
104. Dark Night of the Soul: Crime and Literature:
Franck Thilliez and Vikram Chandra in conversation with Mita Kapur
105.Translators: Centre Stage:
Arunava Sinha and Deborah Smith in conversation with Neeta Gupta
Jaipur Bookmark
106. Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar:
Winner of the Kanhaiyalal Poetry Award, Punam Chadha-Joseph, Dushyant,Kaajal Oza Vaidya, Naseem Shafaie and Neeraj Daiya, moderated by Sudeep Sen
7.30pm EVENING PERFORMANCE            





9:15-9:50am   Morning Music: Debashish Dey        
10:00am – 11am 107. Napoleon the Great:
Andrew Roberts introduced by Swapan Dasgupta
108. Ardor: On the Vedas:
Roberto Calasso in conversation with Devdutt Pattanaik
109. The Narrow Road to the Deep North:
Richard Flanagan in conversation with Manu Joseph
Presented by Getty
110. Channelling Creativity:
Christopher Merrill, Karim Alrawi, Kyoko Yoshida, Natasa Duruvicova and Vivek Shanbhag in conversation with Chandrahas Choudhury
111. Sons and Lovers: Artists and their Families:
David Park and Marcos Giralt Torrent in conversation with Mridula Koshy
112. Experiments with Truth:
Janhavi Prasada introduced by Madhav Khosla
11:15am – 12:15pm 113. Puranas:
Bibek Debroy and Pushpesh Pant introduced by Jim Mallinson
114. Remembering the Raj
Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Michael Dwyer
115. Fiction and the Spaces in Between:
Ashok Ferrey, Kyoko Yoshida and Marina Perezagua in conversation with Sunil Sethi
116. A Line in the Sand: Sykes, Picot and the Shaping of the Middle East:
James Barr, Christopher Sykes, Tarun Khanna and Robert F. Worth in conversation with Vedica Kant
117. Engaging with India: The ‘Margins’ and the ‘Mainland’:
Dhrubajyoti Bora, Sanjoy Hazarika and Teresa Rehman in conversation with Urvashi Butalia
118. Vikram and Betal:
Deepa Agarwal and Natasha Sharma in conversation
12:30pm – 1.30pm 119. Citizens and Borders: Migration and Displacement:
Reena Saini Kallat, Tania Bruguera and Tiffany Chung in conversation with Sean Anderson
Presented by MOMA
120. The Colour of Money:
Ashwin Sanghi, Binod Chaudhury, Hindol Sengupta and Suhel Seth in conversation with Jyoti Malhotra
121. Jack the Ripper: An Establishment Cover Up:
Bruce Robinson introduced by A.N. Wilson
122.The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness:
Lila Azam Zanganeh introduced by Chandrahas Choudhury
123. The Art of Rivalry: Friendships, Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art:
Sebastian Smee introduced by Anindita Ghose
Presented by Avid
124. Ideate: Freedom to Dream:
Prasoon Joshi in conversation with Puneeta Roy
1:40pm – 2:20pm 125. Why the Future of Free Speech Depends on India
Timothy Garton Ash in conversation with Salil Tripathi
125A. Private Delhi:
Ashwin Sanghi in conversation with Ashok Ferrey
125B. Ojas Art Award 125C.The Camera in Jaipur:
Rahaab Allana and Sudhir Kasliwal in conversation with Giles Tillotson
LUNCH 125D. Book Launch:Rajasthani Stories Retold by Rima Hooja
2:30pm – 3:30pm 126. After the Angry Young Man, the Traditional Woman, What?:
Javed Akhtar introduced by Rachel Dwyer
127. The Art of the Novel: On Writing Fiction:
Adam Thirlwell, Alan Hollinghurst, Paul Beatty and Richard Flanagan in conversation with Manu Joseph
128. That Which Cannot be Said:
Hyeonseo Lee, Kanak Mani Dixit, Sadaf Saaz and Timothy Garton Ash and in conversation with Madhu Trehan
129. A Very Expensive Poison: The Story of the Murder of Litvinenko:
Luke Harding introduced by Jonathan Shainin
130. Celts from the West:
Barry Cunliffe introduced by Bryan Ward-Perkins
131. Teen Tales:
Anusha Subramaniam and Zuni Chopra in conversation with Ira Trivedi
3:45pm – 4:45pm 132. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn: The Lovers who Changed History:
Suzannah Lipscomb introduced by Swapan Dasgupta
133. Jai Hanuman:
Philip A. Lutgendorf and Shubha Vilas in conversation with Arshia Sattar
134. On Tour with the Rolling Stones:
Christopher Sykes introduced by Alex Ross
135. Rewriting History: The Art of Historical Fiction:
Adam Thirlwell, Alan Hollinghurst, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Shazia Omar in conversation
136.Lost in Translation:
Deborah Smith, Francesca Orsini, Paulo Lemos Horta, Sholeh Wolpé and Radha Chakravarthy in conversation with Adam Thirlwell
Presented by Harvard University Press
Jaipur Bookmark
137. The Girl Who Chose:
Devdutt Pattanaik introduced by Ashok Ferrey
4:45pm – 5:15pm 137A. Book Launch: Narratives of Indian Modernity: The Aesthetics of BM Anand by Aditi Anand and Grant Pooke, foreward by Alka Pande, released by Jay Levenson 137B. Book Launch: Half Life by nitu, released by Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd) PVSM, UYSM, AVSM       137C. Book Launch:”So you can see in the Dark and other Indian essays” by Claudia Hyles released by William Dalrymple
5:15pm – 6:15pm 138. Mallika Dua: #nofilter:
Mallika Dua in conversation with Suhel Seth
139. The Art of the Screenplay:
Bruce Robinson, David Hare, Neil Jordan, Prasoon Joshi and Ritesh Batra in conversation with Raja Sen
140. Passage to America:
C.Raja Mohan, Devesh Kapur, Hardeep Singh Puri, Shivshankar Menon and Robert Blackwill in conversation with Jyoti Malhotra
Sunil Khilnani in conversation with Pragya Tiwari
Presented by Getty
142. Aadha Aasma:
Kaajal Oza Vaidya and Manisha Kulshreshtha introduced by Salil Tripathi
143. Poetry Hour 7×7: Kavita Nirantar:
Aidan Singh Bhatti, Atul Kanakk, Sangeeta Gupta, Suraj Mal Rao, Tajendra Singh Luthra and Volga moderated by Sadaf Saaz
 7:30pm EVENING PERFORMANCE            







9:15am-9:50am   Morning Music: East Meets Middle East        
10:00am – 11am 144. Manelists, Misogyny and Mansplaining:
Antara Ganguli, Anuradha Beniwal, Bee Rowlatt, Ruchira Gupta and Suhel Seth in conversation with Amrita Tripathi
145. Mother India: Indian Films and the National Narrative:
Imitiaz Ali, Javed Akhtar, Swanand Kirkire, Rachel Dwyer and Sudhir Mishra in conversation with Shubhra Gupta
146. The Ocean of Churn:
Sanjeev Sanyal in conversation with Sunil Khilnani
147. Being the Other:
Qaisra Shahraz, Saeed Naqvi, Sadia Dehlvi and Tabish Khair in conversation with Ornit Shani
148. Nathaniel’s Nutmeg: The Spice Trader Who Changed History:
Giles Milton introduced by William Dalrymple
149. The Joy of Yoga:
Ira Trivedi and Shazia Omar
11:15am – 12:15pm 150. The Girl with Seven Names:
Hyeonseo Lee introduced by Anita Anand
151. Between the Silences:
Neelima Adhar Dalmia and Vera Hildebrand in conversation with Salil Tripathi
152. The Fall of Rome and the End of Western Civilisation:
Bryan Ward-Perkins introduced by Tim Whitmarsh
153Sandalwood and Carrion: Smell and Perfume in Ancient India:
James McHugh introduced by Nidhi Dugar
Presented by Getty
154. A Syrian Warrior Poet in the Age of the Crusades:
Paul M. Cobb introduced by Max Rodenbeck
155. Rewilding a Rocky Desert:
Pradip Krishen introduced by Arefa Tehsin
12:30pm – 1:30pm 156. Footloose: The Travel Session:
Aarathi Prasad, Bee Rowlatt, Brigid Keenan, Nidhi Dugar and Simon Winchester in conversation with William Dalrymple
Presented by Aga Khan Foundation
157. Shakespeare’s Restless World:
Neil MacGregor introduced by Tim Supple
158. The Personal and the Political:
Manju Kapur and Tabish Khair in conversation with Ashok Ferrey
159. Adhunikta, Ek Khoj: A Search for Modernity:
Anu Singh Choudhary, Mrinal Pande, Nand Kishore Pandey and Saurabh Dwivedi in conversation with Aditi Maheshwari Goyal
160. Himal: The Rage of Nature:
Kanak Mani Dixit, Kunga Tenzin Dorji and Pushpesh Pant in conversation with Hridayesh Joshi
161. Explorations: Freedom to Dream:
Anuradha Beniwal in conversation with Puneeta Roy
1:40pm – 2:20pm 162. Khwaja Gharib Nawaz: A Message of Love
Imitiaz Ali, Reema Abbasi and Syed Salman Chishty in conversation with Sadia Dehlvi
 162A. 162B. Book Launch: Wisden Almanack 2017, Suresh Menon in conversation with Bishan Singh Bedi  162C. Poetry in Politics in Mogul India:
T.C.A Raghavan in conversation with Audrey Truschke
LUNCH  162D. Book Launch: Celestial Beings by Sidharth
2:30 pm- 3:30pm 163. In Many Tongues: Voices from Brazil, Iceland, Wales, Latvia, Mauritius, Luxembourg, Croatia and Macedonia:
Angélica Freitas, Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, Eluned Gramich, Inga Žolude, Issa Asgarally, Pierre Joris, Roman Simić and Rumena Buzarovska introduced by Alexandra Buchler
164. Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers:
Frank Trentmann introduced by Mihir S. Sharma
165. The Forever War: Dispatches from the War on Terror:
Dexter Filkins introduced by Max Rodenbeck
166. Leonardo Da Vinci:
Luke Syson

introduced by Neil MacGregor
Presented by Getty

167. Rajasthani: Bhasha ki Manyata:
C.P. Deval, Geeta Samour and K.C. Maloo in conversation with Nand Bhardwaj
Presented by Mahindra World City
168. You Got Magic!:
Neel Madhav introduced by Mallika Dua
3:45pm – 4:45pm 169. 170. Let them Eat Chaos: Kate Tempest in Performance:
Kate Tempest introduced by Tishani Doshi
171. The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man:
Luke Harding introduced by Samanth Subramanian
172. Invisible Libraries:
Danish Sheikh, Lila Azam Zanganeh and Mridula Koshy in conversation with Rick Simonson
173. One Thousand and One Nights and Conference of the Birds:
Paulo Lemos Horta, Sholeh Wolpé and Tim Supple introduced by Paul M. Cobb
174. Dalit Chetna: Hasyae ke Swar:
Ajay Navaria, Hari Ram Meena, Leeladhar Mandloi and Ratan Kumar Sambhria
4.45pm – 5:15pm     175. Kaljayee Premchand: Timeless Legacy
Satyanand Nirupam and Kamal Kishore Goenka
176. Women Waging Peace:
Dhrubajyoti Bora, Naseem Shafaie and Ornit Shani in conversation with Ruchira Gupta


Feel the Joy of Kite Flying on Makar Sankranti in Rajasthan


The festival of Kites – Makar Sankranti is celebrated all across in different styles and forms. The Kite Festival is often referred to as the harvest festival because this is the time when harvesting is completed and people get together to celebrate.


Unlike the other Hindu festivals that follow the motion of moon, Makar Sankranti follows the movement of the sun. This festival marks the beginning of the sun’s transit into the zodiac of Capricorn (Makar here refers to Capricorn, Sankranti is called transition).  And from this day onwards, winter is relieved slowly.  With the onset of clear skies and pleasant breeze everyone can be seen in a jubilant mood. On Makar Sankranti some people prefer to mark this auspicious day by bathing in the holy waters of various indian rivers like Ganga, Yamuna and donating  the needy utensils, clothes, food, etc; some rather enjoy by flying kites and soaring the sky!


Food plays a very important role in celebrating any festival, there are special preparations for this one too like Til Ke Laddoo, Dal Pakodi, Gajar Ka Halwa, Fini/ Phini, Gajak and other delicacies in every house of Rajasthan.



The tourism department of Rajasthan organizes a special programme on Makar Sankranti at the Jal Mahal ki Pal for the tourists on Makar Sankranti; there are kite wars, decorated kites exhibition and various cultural performances to enrich the entertainment!

Jal Mahal

The festivities of kite flying doesn’t end with the setting of Sun. As the sunsets and darkness prevails, kites are replaced with paper lamps and lanterns, and the night sky glows in its beauty. Check out our last year’s video



Image credit

So, come down to Rajasthan, especially Jaipur, and enjoy the spirit of  the fun filled festival of kites on 14th January 2017, to indulge in some real ‘patang bazi’.

Happy Makar Sankranti 🙂

Pink City captured in 4K during Diwali!

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.


Ajmeri Gate


Birla Mandir




Pink Square Mall


Albert Hall Museum


Amar Jawan Jyoti


Crystal Court


GT Bazaar


Motisons Jewellers


Nehru Bazaar


Statue Circle

Pic Courtesy-

8 beautiful places in Jaipur to witness Diwali lighting


Diwali is just 2 days away and we know you are busy with cleaning, shopping, getting houses renovated/painted, or organizing Diwali parties😉 In this busy schedule of yours, pause for a second and think what makes Diwali so special. New clothes, a nip in the air, the faint smell of crackers, noise and excitement all around, and …lights !! We all light up our houses on Diwali in different ways, but every city has its own way of lighting itself up every year. Among all these cities, Jaipur shines in a way that it feels like it’s truly welcoming Lord Rama after his 14 years of exile and dancing in joy and festivity. So let’s look at few places in Jaipur that you must not miss to see this Diwali🙂

  1. Johri Bazaar
    Johri bazaar, the market that is famous all over the world for its scintillating jewellery, especially made and found in Jaipur, is seen gleaming with lights on Diwali.c360_2016-10-27-22-10-42-888
  2. World Trade ParkNot a newbie anymore, World Trade Park stands as one of the most posh places in Jaipur to shop, eat, watch movies, hang out and what not. However, it comes as no surprise that WTP wraps itself in the spirits of Diwali in its own elite and glittering way.wtp
  3. Trimurti CircleThe circle dedicated to the martyrs of police force, is decorated subtly with flowers and is not to be missed as it is one of the most famous landmarks of pink city.trimurti-circle
  4. Motisons JewellersHaving one of the fanciest buildings in Jaipur, Motisons Jewellers leave no stone unturned when it comes to the festival of lights. Just like their gorgeous jewellery and interesting building, their Diwali lighting also stands out and makes a lot of heads turn !motisons
  5. Amer fortAlthough Amer fort is well lit all year round and stands as a symbol of pride and history in Jaipur, it oozes a different level of aura altogether on Diwali with its yellow sandstone shining brighter and looking like a golden castle in pink city.amer

    6. Raja ParkAn always crowded area of Jaipur, because of its versatility as it has the power to provide anything to a person ranging from a basic panipuri to a perfect wedding dress, Raja Park gives the feel of a beaming street lit on the festival of Diwali.


    7. Albert Hall Museum

    The State museum of Rajasthan is lit in all the colors that one can only wish to see in a rainbow and even the pigeons that love to rest here are compelled to sit down and admire this exquisite architecture.


    8. GT Bazaar

    The gem of Malviya Nagar for all the foodies and shopaholics, GT Bazaar is lit up and glowing like a thousand stars are falling from the sky to bless the earth this Diwali.

    So keep all things aside, and take out some time to soak into the actual essence of Diwali – the festival of lights🙂