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Pushkar Beyond Camels & Culture: A film by Pathfynder



The sacred town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, popularly known as ‘Teerth Raj’, is a kaleidoscope of life, colours and culture where people of different regions and nation’s flock to immerse in its cultural galore!   For locals and foreigners alike, Pushkar, the city of absolute being has always been the destination of intrigue. What defines Rajasthan – where heritage meets architecture, culture meets legacy, nobility meets populace and colourful meets trippy – is what exemplifies Pushkar.

The vibrant city of Pushkar in Rajasthan comes alive during Pushkar Fair that raises the spirit of all. The annual Pushkar Fair is a spectacle that celebrates the rich culture of Rajasthan and the vibrant colours of the desert.  But the Fair is not just about camels and livestock trading. This is the time when entire Pushkar town bustles with liveliness which is to be experienced and lived.

The film by PATHFYNDER– ‘Pushkar-Beyond Camels and Culture’ is an attempt to capture the same spirit of Pushkar Fair.


A roundup of most amazing Musical Festivals in Rajasthan


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


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.

Different Shades of Jawahar Kala Kendra


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.

JKK EntranceHistory of Jawahar Kala Kendra

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.


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. 


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.


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-

Glimpse of The Taj Mahal On A Trip Through The Golden Triangle


The Golden Triangle, covering the lands of maharajas and nawabs/ mughals in the three cities of Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi makes for the must visit travel plan. Starting from the pink city, this city of maharaja has some rich culture, forts and palaces and some Rajasthani delicacies to savor. Known as the shopper’s paradise, Jaipur has a lot of handicrafts and artifacts to show.

The capital city of the country – Delhi is alive with bustling streets, monuments like Qutab Minar, Red Fort, India Gate. Relish the street food like chaat, paratha, etc. of Delhi found in the small alleys of Chandni Chowk.

After Delhi- Jaipur, one cannot miss to visit Agra, for its wonder monument ‘Taj Mahal’ recalling the past glory of Mughal empire.

Famed and fabled, the epitome of love , the beauty of  ‘Taj Mahal’ is such which is matchless in its splendor throughout the world.

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The city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh is one of the most stopped cities due to its historic significance and one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Taj Mahal, which was built by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved Mumtaz.

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In the lands of the Taj Mahal, Taj Mahotsav is the most eagerly awaited festival and this year it is celebrating its 25 years.  The festival portrays matchless cultural heritage and traditions in the historic city of Agra.

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The 10 day long carnival which started from 18th Feb 2016 and is going on with full enthusiasm till 27th Feb 2016. It displays country’s extensive art, crafts and cultures. With live performances by great musicians from different genres showcase the extensive diversity through music and dances, amidst the romantic backdrop of the Taj Mahal.


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After a day long sight seeing, one can savor the tasty street food of Agra be it chaat or mouth watering mutton or seekh kebab at Mama Franky Sadar Bazaar, Agra.

We bet you just as the sight of Taj Mahal, the taste of Agra’s street food will linger on for life long 🙂

How To Reach– Home to Taj Mahal, Agra is well-connected with all major cities in India making it easily accessible.

  • Distance between Jaipur and Agra : 243 Km
  • By Air : Agra’s Kheria Airport is located about 12.5 km from the heart of the city.
  • By Road : Agra can be reached by bus/car/taxi, time- Approx. 5 hours
  • By Train:Agra has four main railway stations – the Agra Cantonment, Raja-ki-Mandi, Agra Fort and Idgah Agra, time- Approx. 4 hours

There are still 4 days left. Get a taste of the rich heritage of the country.

2nd Edition Of The Rajasthan International Film Festival Starts Tomorrow


With the success of the Jaipur International Film Festival earlier this month, it’s time to host the much larger and extravagant Rajasthan International Film Festival 2016.


The 2nd edition of the RIFF starts from 17th January 2016 and will go on till 20th January 2016. The 4 day festival will showcase some of the best feature films, documentaries and short films portraying different cultures, languages and identities. The theme on which the festival will revolve around this year is Cinema: Village and Global Village.

In addition, the film festival will also feature concerts, seminars, workshops, gala events, etc. Come and be a part of the 2nd Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF 2016) from 17th – 20th January 2016 at Cinepolis, World Trade Park, Jaipur. For more details refer to the 4 day schedule given below –

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Get A Glimpse Of Handicrafts At The Shilpgram Fest


A charming city with the shimmering Lake Pichola and the white City Palace situated in the centre is the first picture that clicks to the mind when one talks about the City of Lakes – Udaipur.


Set in a village within the proximity of 3 kms in an undulating terrain of land surrounded by the Aravallis in Udaipur, the craftsmen village – Shilpgram is an exhibition of handicrafts from various ethnic groups.

shilpgram Being one of the biggest handicraft fairs of Rajasthan, Shilpgram Fair is held annually during the winter season. It takes place usually in the end of the year and this time it is from 21.12.2015 to 30.12.2015. Rajasthan is recognized for its art and craft worldwide and this fair gives a perfect chance to explore craft, art and culture of various states.


The fair is not only about artifacts but one can also witness and enjoy various folk dance and music forms at the open air amphitheatre. So, what are you waiting for, book your tickets as we know its captivating!

Engross In The Art Of Shekhawati Region @Momasar Folk Festival


The Shekhawati Utsav- Momasar Folk Festival is a two day event, which is organized by the Jaipur Virasat Foundation that offers an opportunity, especially for the youth, to connect with rural folks. It showcases the rich culture, heritage, stories, art and cuisine of the local communities of Shekhawati region.

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This year it’ll be inaugurated on the 18th September 2015 with Baal Mela. The Baal Mela is a special feature for children to make them aware about the art and craft of their regions as well as the state of Rajasthan. It also includes a 5 day painting workshop in association with Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur along with the screening of two documentaries relating to water conservation and pertaining to our heritage respectively.


On the 19th September 2015, Shekhawati utsav will entail a Folk Festival which will unite approximately 200 folk artists from across the state of Rajasthan to showcase their skills and keep the state’s rich culture and traditions alive.


So come and enjoy the prosperous heritage of Shekhawati and enrich in the beauty of its art and music.