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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.

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.

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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-

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

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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

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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.

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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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Images via http://www.riffjaipur.org/

Get A Glimpse Of Handicrafts At The Shilpgram Fest

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

Rajasthan; A magnificent blend of cultures and royalty

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A state dipped in age old heritage is undoubtedly rich with numerous customs and traditions. Be it the celebration of a child birth or auspicious occasion of marriage, the rituals and traditions of Rajasthan fill the entire ambience with multiple colors and buoyancy.

Rajasthan is a home to magnificent forts and palaces, which have earned tremendous popularity today, in the world tourist map. Beside its rich heritage culture and monuments, Rajasthan holds strong custom and tradition within its geographical boundaries. The warmth of its rich custom and old tradition can be witnessed, once you are on your royal trail to its stunning cities of Maharajahs like Jaipur, Udaipur, Shekhawati and more. The impression of its rich culture and old tradition can be felt at each corner of Rajasthan.

Wherever you map out your trip to experience the real Rajasthani style don’t forget to try visiting the exotic palaces of Rajasthan, this allows the best vision for enthusiastic travellers to experience the ages old culturally rich and extensive tradition, which helps in keeping the variant cities of Rajasthan on top priorities.

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For an unforgettable experience of magnificent architecture, regal hospitality, royal celebrations and the beauty of colourful Rajasthan, feel free to contact us.