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Amer and Hawa Mahal to host glorious heritage evenings during Jaipur Literature Festival

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With the most amazing lineup of artists, authors and performers for mesmerizing music and theatre performances, the Jaipur Literature Festival, in its 11th edition, will celebrate the Pink City’s exuberant heritage, against the exquisite backdrop of its popular monuments.

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The five-day literary festival starting from January 25, 2018 at the magnificent venue of Diggi Palace, Jaipur will host two glorious heritage evenings, organized in association with Rajasthan Tourism, at Jaipur’s iconic Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. On the second day of the festival i.e 26th January, ‘Under the Stars’ at Hawa Mahal will feature ‘The Troth-Usne Kaha Tha’, a multimedia dance and theatre production presented by Akademi, a UK-based producer of Indian dance, marking the centenary of World War I. The poignant narrative through an interplay between image, music and dance is something not to be missed.

On January 28, ‘A Majestic Evening’ at Amber Fort will begin with Sarangi recital by Ustad Kamal Sabri, son of sarangi legend Ustad Sabri Khan. The recital will be followed by ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi…’, a tribute to the late ghazal maestro, Jagjit Singh, by singer-composer Shekhar Ravjiani.

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The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival’s Heritage Evenings will celebrate the built heritage of Rajasthan where it will highlight Rajasthan’s rich cultural and architectural legacy through the performing arts showcases.

In association with Rajasthan Tourism, the cultural evenings  will present some of the best music and theatre performances against the backdrop of over 1000 years of Indian architecture and heritage i.e. Hawa Mahal and Amer. Entry to these events is through invitation only.

 

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A roundup of most amazing Musical Festivals in Rajasthan

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Since decades Indian music enthusiasts salivated over international music festivals, like the kinds of  Coachella and Glastonbury. But not any more, now the desert state of Rajasthan, with an impressive calendar of music festivals is becoming India’s hottest music destinations. Off late, Rajasthan with its folk art culture is fast becoming the preferred music destination for music lovers. The audience for these festivals is largely from India. Although, there are some festivals in the state that also attract a bevy of international visitors as well as performers. Read about the most prominent Music Festivals of Rajasthan that one mustn’t miss –

Ranthambore Festival

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Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambhore (January 19-21, 2018)

Calling all music luminaries, nature lovers, wildlife conservationists, business thought leaders and social influencers to this enthralling jamboree. Get ready for a weekend filled with some amazing and educational experiences. You can look forward to an amazing selection of indigenous and international musical performances.

The festival lets you immerse in interactive music workshops, TED talks, Rajasthani folk art workshops, wildlife and nature panel discussions and wildlife film festival. The Ranthambore festival also has street theatre, yoga workshops, food, pop-up art and crafts stalls to keep you entertained.

The ambiance is perfect, the chance of spotting tigers is high, Rajasthani cuisine is delectable and the Ranthambore festival at Nahargarh Palace is on. Don’t keep Rajasthan waiting!

 

Udaipur World Music Festival

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Udaipur (February 9-11, 2018)

Nearly 150 artists from various countries converge in the city to combine genres and cultures through music. As with most festivals in Rajasthan, the ambience takes center stage with early morning concerts in the backdrop of Fateh Sagar Lake. While the 2018 line-up is yet to be officially announced, the 2017 edition featured artists from 16 countries, including the UK, Iran, Norway, Cuba and Switzerland.

Iranian American singer Azam Ali enthralled the audience with Electro Sufi World Music and Ablaye Cissoko from Senegal collaborated with Constantinople Ensemble from Canada. The finale performance was by the London Community Gospel Choir. Festival Director Sanjeev Bhargava says, “A festival of this scale featuring such diverse music from so many different continents and regions coming together in one of the best tourist destinations of India makes Udaipur a culturally vibrant destination.”

World Sacred Spirit Festival

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Jodhpur (February 16-17, 2018)

Held in February every year, the event brings lovers of Sufism together. Sufi poets sing renditions of Rumi and Bulley Shah as the crowds sway into a spiritual trance. Next year’s festival will be held at three different breathtaking venues, Mehrangarh Fort, Ahhichatragarh Fort of Nagaur and Toorji Stepwell Square, across the desert city of Jodhpur. Artistes scheduled to perform include sitar player Irshad Khan, folk singer and storyteller Parvathy Baul. musician Mehdi Nassouli, tabla player Zuheb Ahmed Khan from Palestine, flute player Lingling Yu from China and musicians Samuel Cattiau and Quentin Dujardin. Princess Shivranjani Rajye of Jodhpur curates the festival. Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur said “The festival is a pioneering effort in cultural conservation and music tourism in India.”

 

Magnetic Fields

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Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan 

Held in December every year, Magnetic Fields has been growing in popularity organically. The festival’s main draw is the holistic experience which includes camping under the skies, discreet parties, dance and music in palace dungeons, art installations with jazz, jam and electronica.

The 2017 line-up included British artist Four Tet, Canadian composer and musician Dan Snaith, Your Chin by Mumbai based Raxit Tiwari, and Donal Bergin, a prominent name in London’s electronic music scene. The three-day carnival combines the history of the magnificent venue Alsisar Mahal with rustic pleasures, such as kite flying at sunset as electronic and jazz melodies resonate in the desert palace.

6th Edition of ‘VASTRA’ to begin from 21st September in Rajasthan’s Capital- Jaipur

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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.

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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.

Tourists in Jaipur witnessed melodious moments at various heritage sites

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Harmonica players in Jaipur

To celebrate music that has been ringing in the ears for generations now, the music enthusiasts from around the country gathered in the Pink City and performed for the local people and tourists at the heritage sites including Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and Albert Hall. Age, gender or profession is no bar for music and the passion for harmonica (aka mouth organ) got children as young as 8-years-old, to people as old as 80 years of age on a same platform to perform.

The harmonica players of the group are not professionals but they are mere enthusiasts. From doctors to students and army officers to house-wives, people from all classes of life participated and performed together. “This two-day program was organised by the harmonica enthusiasts of the Pink City. People from all over India, from Jammu to Assam, participated and all the delegates came on their own expenses. Their sole purpose behind this is to revive harmonica and generate the interest of people towards live music.

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It was a show which the tourists visiting Amber fort and Albert Hall on Tuesday will not forget for a long time. A group of 130 people assembled at Amber Fort to play musical instrument Harmonica and mesmerized the tourists with the tunes of various songs for more than half an hour. They came to the fort before 10 am and started playing the musical instrument which turned into another attraction for the tourists. The group played tunes of songs like “Hai Apna Dil To Awara” a famous song sung by legendary Hemant Kumar from the movie “Solva Saal” apart from other songs. Interestingly, in the movie, Dev Anand also played the song on the same instrument harmonica and was very popular. The tourists could not join them but many of them lip singed along with the group and the atmosphere of the Amber Fort became so pleasant suddenly that everybody who was present at that moment could not hide the excitement.

This is not the first time that department of archaeology had organized such activity as a few months back also the tourists got to witness an exciting musical performance in Jaipur.

Image Credits: DNA Jaipur

 

Annual Youth Festival of Thomso, IIT Roorkee to happen in Jaipur

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The annual Youth Festival of Thomso, IIT Roorkee, for the very first time would be in #Jaipur with Thomso Zonals. Playing host to the most talented scholars and academicians from all over the country -Magical Fantasia, the theme of this year’s edition is set to welcome students from more than 600 colleges across the country comprising several IITs and NITs.

Hey, Jaipurites grab the chance to get into the finals of this highly competitive and diverse events of Thomso’17 which is scheduled on 27th August 2017 at the JECRC University, Rajasthan.

Register yourself at www.thomso.in/zonals/jaipurlatest by 26th August 2017.

Different Shades of Jawahar Kala Kendra

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Most people are familiar with the proud center of art & crafts and in fact a lot more than that with Jawahar Kala Kendra aka JKK in Jaipur. Like the rest of Jaipur’ wisely chalked out architecture and planning,  JKK boasts of an architecture that spellbinds a beholder at just one glance. No doubt, when the place is so unique and the location is worth shooting it is common to capture the same by one and all using own artistic spin.

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Dedicated to India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, Jawahra Kala Kendra is truly metaphoric to the city of Jaipur i.e. an astonishing synthesis of past and future. A contemporary building based on an archaic notion of the Cosmos; the very same Navgaraha mandala, with one of the squares moved aside and beautiful murals inside, based on cosmology.

IMG_0035 copyJKK was built by Rajasthan Government with the plan prepared by the renowned architect Charles Correa in 1986. The building was ready in 1991 and of course, the plan was inspired by the original city plan of Jaipur, consisting of nine squares with central square left open.

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This multi-arts center has been created  with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts and it was in 1993 that JKK was open to the cultural connoisseurs. 

IMG_9932 copyBuilt by Rajasthan government with the purpose of preserving Rajasthani arts and crafts, JKK adapts and applies concepts from ancient architectural principles called the Vastu Vidya.

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The main building contains six exhibition galleries, open air theatre, auditoriums, dormitories, and coffee house.

IMG_0135 copyEach section of the building resembles the characteristics of the respective planet; for instance, the library is located in the Jupiter section, which attributes to knowledge and wisdom.

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The murals from the Jain mythology, the charts and paintings on the ceiling of the central dome formulate the exceptional nature of JKK.

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However, while preserving the cultural heritage and art of the state, JKK saw age catching up as far as maintenance of its building was concerned. Hence, it was revived and refurbished in 2016.

IMG_0700 copyWith the new lighting and the red sandstone could once again be seen shining clean and attractive enough to draw towards it a swarm of tourists, history lovers, local residents and art aficionados.

IMG_0079 copyRight from the entrance till the exit, every corner, center and even the smallest parts of Jawahar Kala Kendra either tell or make a story.

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The building is designed with walls bearing paintings, murals, all of them based on astronomy and cosmology, but there are some which also give an honest tribute to art and theatre.

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One of the oldest and most iconic coffee houses of Jaipur – Indian Coffee House, houses in its newly revamped look an admirable mural of Ebrahim Alkazi – a living legend who is one of the most influential Indian theatre directors and drama teachers belonging to 20th-century Indian theatre. 

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The Coffee House in the lunar section portrays the less revealed aspects of Indian astronomy through the paintings and creativity shown here; even on the coffee – tables. Every table depicts a different phase of Moon as seen in a painting at the coffee house.

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Adjoining the main building of JKK, a rural complex housed in it 9.5 acre complex known as Shilpgram is the venue for fairs, haat bazaars and festivals.

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Let’s take a walk through this ultimate hub of arts and crafts through this video-

The 4th Jaipur Art Summit to be held on 07-11 December, 2016

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The 4th  Jaipur Art Summit (JAS) is scheduled for December 07-11, at Ravindra Manch, Jaipur. Already popular as an upscale platform for the display and promotion of contemporary and modern art forms at international level, JAS has witnessed huge success in its earlier seasons of 2013, 14 and 15. The event by far has been modeled as an assemblage of masters and budding artists across the country who present their skills during various programme schedules that include display of a range of contemporary arts, installations, art projects and live demonstrations, visual art and so many other exciting concepts. This year’s theme of the Art Summit is all set to inspire the new generation of international artists along with focus on amalgamation of Indian and World art. The event hopes to create a forum, which will provide an experience where people would be able to have direct exposure to the depth and range of art forms.

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With over 300 Artworks from over 25 countries, workshops and demonstrations of all traditional art forms of India, movie screening, talks, discussions, workshops and discussions, the 5 days of the summit are jam-packed with the most exhilarating energy.

Artists from across the globe are going to display their bests here. Visit the Jaipur Art Summit and witness the dance of colors and different shades in an arena of canvas. Experience each stroke unraveling a series of interesting stories. Jaipur Art Summit has its arms wide open, and if you are a true admirer of art then visit the JAS in Jaipur !

Here’s the complete fresh schedule: 

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