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Jaipur Rugs Promote Rural Artisans At Arcasia Jaipur

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A few kilometers away from the hustle bustle of the city, in a far away village, lies a community of artisans who use their gifted hands in making India’s finest hand knotted carpets and a company that bridges the gap between these local artisans and global community – Jaipur Rugs.

One of India’s largest manufacturers of hand knotted rugs, Jaipur Rugs has this time partnered with Arcasia – a forum that has gathered experts and professionals from the architectural industry, to discuss potential methods that could help incorporate green elements and green technology in the project design and construction process progresses. The 3 day event started on 23rd May and Jaipur Beat took the opportunity to meet the artisans at Jaipur Marriott.

The most interesting part of the forum was a setup that offered a live experience of watching the extremely elaborate process of carpet weaving by the rural artisans. Out of the 86 processes that are carried out in this highly skilled art, 5 processes were on display and the feeling was nothing short of bewilderment and admiration to watch 5 women happily carrying out the 5 processes of map making, spinning, Rafu, hand knotting and embossing.

“The idea is to bridge the gap between grass root heroes and global delegates.” said Kavita Chaudhary, the Design Director at Jaipur Rugs. Having been the only Indian company to have won an accolade in the esteemed Carpet Design Awards 2017 and the only Indian company to consecutively win 3 awards at German Design Award, Jaipur Rugs aims at uplifting the grass root level weavers and introduce them to the end consumers and global architects at this event.

Headquartered in Jaipur, the 1978 establishment – Jaipur Rugs sells hand-knotted rugs via retail stores and online portal – http://www.jaipurrugsco.com/. Mr. NK Chaudhary, the founder of Jaipur Rugs, came up with this idea after some conflicts of interest with his family which now makes for an interesting background story.

“I get the maximum of my design ideas while travelling. The best ideas come to you when you are in a relaxed mood and the windows and doors of your mind are open.” said Kavita Chaudhary (D/o NK Chaudhary). When asked about her inspirations for such unique and pleasant designs, she said ‘I love Europe. It’s not just the architecture, but the moods of the spaces used in the interiors that in turn inspire the moods of our carpets”.

Each of the women carrying out their tasks earnestly in the colorful setup at the event was a treat to watch. Not only this, every weaver had a lesson to share and story to tell.

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Jaipur RugsJaipur Rugs’ operations span across 20+ branches, 6 states and 600 villages in India with distribution to over 40 countries with its independent base of over 40,000 artisans. The company also has a large distribution base in Atlanta, United States.Stall of Jaipur Rugs at Arcasia, jaipur.

 

Witness The Changing Face of Pink City, Jaipur- Now and Then

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Jaipur, the largest city of Rajasthan, the construction of which started in 1727 by HH Sawai Jai Singh, was built following the principles of Vastu Shastra and it took around 4 years to complete the construction of major palaces, roads and squares of the city. Jaipur is noted as India’s first planned city then and now is among the fastest emerging metropolis of the nation. The life in the Pink city in 18th-century that was full of Rajasthani flamboyance embraces modernity swiftly by 21st Century while retaining its centuries old charm.

The Pink City has undergone a sea change- its people, their pace of life, transportation, visibility of the gender ration on streets, how they dressed and their expressions but even today when you pass through the buzzing lanes of the capital city you’d recognize that you are walking through more than 3 hundred years of living heritage. The city gates, havelis, courtyards, palaces and monuments have been witness to the changing phase of lifestyle in Jaipur keeping intact its ambiance.

Owing to the great urban planning in past, the modern development has never affected the true grandeur of Jaipur. The City with its new infrastructure and global exposure is undoubtedly the most beautifully evolved ancient city of the country. Today, Jaipur proudly retains its pink hues; the built heritage standing tall and firm alongside the splendor of modern infra with equaled wider lanes together weave a marvelous picture of three hundred centuries living in harmony!
Jaipur’s historic erections during the times of yesteryears when compared with its today’s look make a fascinating story- on one glimpse it is what it was centuries back and on other one can comprehend with its Oh So New Look 🙂

Jaipur Beat brings to you the fascinating story of Jaipur Now-and Then through the historic and modern photographs of Jaipur –

  1. Galta Gate, Jaipur

It is the only gate to enter the walled city of Jaipur.The view of Jaipur City developed around Galta Gate is ravishing, while back then there was very few construction and long range of barren land.

2.  Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Built in 17th Century and perched in the middle of the walled city, Hawa Mahal is also known as the Palace Of Winds. Its walls of pink color give a hint of the Pink City. It was constructed especially for the royal women to be a part of the festivities, as they were secluded from the society by ‘parda’ system. Having its own history, today gives it a worldwide recognition.

3.  Tripoliya Gate, Jaipur

Once the point of entrance and arrival of Royal Families from City Palace, Tripoliya is a famous land mark in Jaipur. One thing that hasn’t changed since then is the procession of Gangaur and Teej from this restored Gate of Jaipur. Now, this gate is open to use exclusively for royals living inside City Palace and closed for the common man.

4.  Johri Bazaar, Jaipur

Johari Bazaar is the popular shopping arena of Jaipur dedicated to the market of gems and jewellery.  As the name suggests, Johari Bazaar attracts jewellers and buyers of precious semi-precious gems and metals from across the world.

5.  Govind Dev Ji Temple, Jaipur

Govind Dev ji is one of the prominent temples of Rajasthan. Since decades it is visited by thousands of devouts annually. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple is well preserved by the royal family of Jaipur.

6.  City Palace

City Palace is located in the heart of the old city of Jaipur. It is where the Kachwaha Rajput clan ruled from. Built in the 18th Century, the Palace houses many gardens, splendid courtyards and a Museum displaying many artefacts from the bygone era.

7.  Badi Chaupar

Chaupar means a large square and Badi means Big. This is also known as Manak Chowk and located near to famous Hawa Mahal. This is one square that leads to many fascinating bazaars of Jaipur. The under process construction of metro station can be seen in this area.

8.   Chandpole Gate

Adjacent to the famous Hanumanji temple with 25 feet high dome, Chand Pol is the Moon Gate . Along the East-West Axis of the City, it forms the Western Gate of the walled City. Spotting this gate means you have reached the western end of the walled city.

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Another view of Badi Chaupar where one can see how over the centuries mode of transportation changed from camels to auto, rickshaw, cars and buses and the change will continue as very soon it will be metro site as well.

 

10.  Albert Hall

Albert Hall Museum is located in Ram Niwas Garden of Jaipur. The foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid during the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in 1876 and completed in year’s time in 1877 by the architect Samuel Swinton Jacob, then Director of Jaipur PWD.It is a home to many beautiful paintings, sculptures and other distinct objects of historic significance. It is the oldest museum in the state and is quite popular for its Indo-Saracenic architecture.

 

Great Indian Travel Bazaar gets underway in Jaipur

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Great India Travel Bazaar, a joint initiative of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Rajasthan Tourism, and Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, , is the three days B2B travel show that promotes Rajasthan as a preferred tourist destination. The event was inaugurated in Jaipur on Sunday.

The three-day tourism fair was inaugurated by NC Goel, Additional Chief Secretary – Tourism, Government of Rajasthan in the presence of Suman Billa, Jt. Secretary – Tourism, Government of India, and Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson, Tourism Committee of FICCI.

The highest priority to tourism infrastructure in the State is assured by the tourism department ministers during the event. Rajasthan has already submitted proposals to the Union Tourism Ministry to the tune of Rs. 500 crores for developing innovative circuits like Spiritual, Heritage, Mega Desert, Tribal and Eco-Adventure. Some infrastructure projects under the schemes of PRASAD and SWADESH were also being developed.

Owing to the development of infrastructure as well as an aggressive and creative marketing campaign, in the year 2016, Rajasthan registered an impressive growth of domestic tourist arrivals by 18% while that of foreign tourist arrivals by 3 %. In the current year, the tourist arrival trends are suggesting even better growth.

There has been an impressive growth of foreign tourist arrivals in the country to the tune of 11% and around 9% in domestic tourist arrivals in 2016, said Billa. The trend in initial months of 2017 indicate a growth of 16%. The primary reason for a quantum jump in the tourist arrivals was also owing to the introduction electronic visa facility.

GITB is the most significant platform and the sole promoter of Inbound Tourism in India. Giving a snapshot of GITB over the past few years the Chairperson of Tourism, Jyotsana Suri  highlighted that the number of buyers have increased from 260 to 275. There has also been significant rise in the number of B2B meetings from 3000 to 10,800 since it began.

Lagan-Mandap Wedding and Lifestyle Exhibition in Jaipur

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No celebration of love, friendship and relations in the world is bigger than a wedding. In India where family ties and celebrations of relations play such an important part in one’s life, weddings are celebrated with great fervor as a beautiful union of two families.

To get a better access of all the requisites of a wedding celebration, Lagan Mandap wedding and lifestyle exhibition – One of the city’s best wedding and lifestyle exhibition is here again in Rajasthan’s capital city- Jaipur with the best of fashion. Lagan Mandap showcases a dedicated wedding collection in clothing, accessories, venues, catering and other things related to wedding. It is  a one stop solution for all of you, who are planning a wedding.

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As the name suggests,  the exhibition aims to cater complete solutions for all your wedding needs. The event will continue for two days bearing counters for décor, beauty, food ideas, makeup, clothing and accessories, various theme based aids and all the current party ensembles.

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Lagan Mandap is the perfect opportunity for those getting married soon to get a taste of all the elements they could effectuate at their wedding. Visit with your family so that all could pitch in a couple of ideas based on their judgment.

The members of the management team of Lagan Mandap would be there at the venue for all two days to answer your queries and make arrangements for further communications if you choose to.

To enjoy a better element of the colorful state of Rajasthan, we suggest that you plan a trip coinciding with the dates of the exhibition. Places to visit in Jaipur include the Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Amer Fort, Birla Temple, etc.

Address : Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre, No.1, Sardar Patel Marg, Near Nehru Sahkar Bhawan, C – Scheme, 22 Godam Circle, Jaipur, India

Date: 21st April – 22nd April

Venue: Holiday Inn

Images Courtesy: Lagan Mandap

10 not to be missed April Events in Jaipur

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April is an important month that marks the beginning of a new financial year. Although, April is not just about a new financial beginning, it’s a whole new month of the beginning of new events, exhibitions, launches and celebrations. As the new fashion collections hit the stores be ready to shop for your new wardrobe. At the same time, we bring to you many new exhibitions and other events, where you can shop and have a great time with your friends and family respectively.

1.) Colorstrokes –  Colorstrokes, a popular fashion and lifestyle exhibition is here with its summer edition. Get ready to check out the latest collections by designers from Jaipur and other cities, who will showcase amazing collections of clothing, accessories and handicrafts.

Date: 1st April – 2nd April

Venue: Diggi palace

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2.) NU Hub – NU Hub, a one stop solution for all your healthy food requirements, is all set to open up at C-Scheme, Jaipur. Now you can eat as much as you want without worrying about those extra calories.

Date: 2nd April

Venue: Landmark building, Ahinsa Circle

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3.) Aamelia Exhibition – The ultra luxurious Aamelia exhibition is here to keep your wardrobe glamorous as ever. Renowned designers from Lakme Fashion Week and India Fashion Week will be here to present their collections at the exhibition. Don’t forget to visit here and pamper yourself with all the shopping.

Date: 3rd April

Venue: Shahi Bagh, Rambagh Palace.

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4.) TattletalesFashion, Design, Food and Music are the key features that define this event. The 3rd edition of this amazing and fun exhibition, promises triple the fun and many activities & performances.

Date: 7th April – 8th April

Venue: Grand Uniara

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5.) Shakespeare Comedy Theater Festival – Featuring some of the biggest names in theater industry like Ranveer Shorey, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak and many more, Shakespeare Comedy Theater festival comes to Jaipur. The city is set to see performances: Macbeth: what is done is done and Hamlet – The clown prince, at the festival.

Date: 9th April

Venue: B.M. Birla Auditorium

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6.) The Tale Tellers @ Oven the bakery – A bundle of interesting tales await you at this event being organized at Oven the Bakery. If you enjoy listening to tales and also love to spin one of your own, then this is the place for you.

Date: 9th April

Venue: Oven the Bakery

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7.) Jaipur Komedians Open Mic – Now, who doesn’t love to sit and relax while the best of comedians perform and tickle your funny bone? Jaipur gets an opportunity to be a part of an amazing stand-up comedy event and get a dose of laughter, the best medicine.

Date: 14th April

Venue: Celebrazio

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8.) Maahi Roj 5th Edition – While we all celebrate different events of life it is important that we do not forget to do our bit for sustainable living. Maahi Roj, an event by Anantaya, focuses on sustainable living and promotes the same through Interactive Workshops, Heritage Walks, Inspiring Talks and Cultural Tours, in order to create an understanding about how we can pay tribute to Planet Earth.

Date: 14th April

Venue: Narain Niwas

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9.) Lagan Mandap wedding and lifestyle exhibition – One of the city’s best wedding and lifestyle exhibition is here again with the best of fashion. Lagan Mandap showcases a dedicated wedding collection in clothing, accessories, venues, catering and other things related to wedding. It is  a one stop solution for all of you, who are planning a wedding.

Date: 21st April – 22nd April

Venue: Holiday Inn

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10.) Rajasthan Real estate Expo – One of the most important element of a beautiful life, your home, is exactly what this event focuses at. Hosted by CREDAI Rajasthan the event will have the leading real estate developers and the their projects, showcased at the event. All you need to do is come to the event and leave with the dream home of your choice.

Date: 21st April

Venue: Ambedkar Circle, Jaipur

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Get ready for an eventful April 2017.

Mesmerizing Closing Ceremony of Rajasthan Festival at Janpath Jaipur

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A four-day long celebration of Rajasthan’s glory was marked in Jaipur to commemorate 68th year of Rajasthan’s foundation. The celebrations kicked off with an aim to highlight Rajasthan’s art, culture, tradition and heritage to attract tourism into the state.

The grand Rajasthan Festival’s Closing Ceremony was a fitting finale to the past three days of cultural extravaganza witnessed on 30th March at Janpath in Jaipur.

Enjoy the view of the cultural and projection mappingtoday at Janpath at the Closing Ceremony of ‘Rajasthan Festival’ in Jaipur.

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The mega event showcased the true essence of Rajasthan – its brave hearts, mighty warriors, rich wildlife, colorful festivals and vibrant culture – while portraying the State’s future readiness. The event saw an integration of technological elements like projection mapping on the striking facade of the Vidhan Sabha; water projection and finally a laser integrated music performance.

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(From left to right) The Chief Guest the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje today at Janpath in Jaipur at the Closing Ceremony of ‘Rajasthan Festival . Also seen are:  the Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalyan Singh (extreme right) and Group Chairman, Vedanta Resources, PLC, Shri Anil Agarwal.

The Chief Guest on the occasion was the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were also the Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalyan Singh and the Rajasthan Chief Minister, Smt. Vasundhara Raje, Minister of State for Tourism, Smt. Krishnendra Kaur ‘Deepa’ and Group Chairman, Vedanta Resources, PLC, Shri Anil Agarwal.

The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks show at Janpath.

 

Rajasthan Divas Festival kicked off with grand opening at SMS Stadium Jaipur

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‘Rajasthan Festival’ began with a grand cultural extravaganza choreographed by none other than the well-known Director and Playwright, Bhanu Bharti. More than 300 hundred folk artistes from the State and all over the country gave a scintillating performance. The event was organized by the Department of Tourism today at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.

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The Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalyan Singh was the Chief Guest of the event. The Special Guests for the event were the Sports Minister, Shri Gajendra Singh Khimsar and Minister of State for Tourism, Smt. Krishnendra Kaur (Deepa).

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The 110-minute programme included Mass Band display by Army, Air Force as well as Rajasthan Police. The songs performed  by the bands were; Dharti Dhoran RiPal Pal Dil ke Paas and Jaha Dal- Dal Pe by Rajasthan Police Central Band; Vande Mataram, Chak De India, Jai Ho by Air Force Band, Pallu Latke Hai, Classical Kathak , Medley of Hindi songs like, Mere Sapno Ki Rani by Army Band and Sare Jahan Se Acha by combined performance by all the three bands.

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Performances choreographed by Bhanu Bharti included Shiv Mudra (Nagpur) followed by dance sequence — Chakhri, Gair, Chari, Dhapchang, Dhamaal (Haryana), Paika (Jharkhand) and Mewasi (Gujarat). These performances were presented to the tune of Langa Mangiyaar. Other performances on the occasion were include – Bhadoi Shikla (Assam), Kathak Jaipur and Chhabeli Dance(Uttarakhand), Lai Haroba (Manipur). The performance will conclude with Holi Dance by contingent of all artistes.

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The Rajasthan Divas Torch was brought by winners of the ‘Rajasthan Day Marathon’ from the Divisional Headquarters of the State. It first reached Ambedkar Circle and then Amar Jawan Jyoti and finally at the SMS Stadium where the Chief Guest and special guests lighted the Festival Cauldron.

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The evening also saw the finals of the ‘Rumal Jhapatta’ and Tug-of-War as a part of the Rural Sports Competition.

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During the opening day festivities the divisional tableaus were displayed at Janpath along with folk performances on both sides of the road. Grand fireworks display was also a part of the exciting programme.

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Jaipur Kathak Samaroh at Central Park

The 2-day ‘Jaipur Kathak Samaroh’ began at 8 pm at the Central Park. The Chief Guest for the occasion were the Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. N.C. Goyal. There were performances of ‘Devi Stuti’, ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’, ‘Chaturang’ and ‘Thumri’. While ‘Devi Stuti’ and ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’ were presented by Jaipur Kathak Kendra under the direction of Dr. Rekha Thakar; ‘Chaturang’ and ‘Thumri’ were presented under the direction of Harish Gangani from Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra.

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‘Devi Stuti’ showcased the victory of good over evil when Goddess Durga slaughters Asur. This was followed by ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’. The performance presented the moods of the women of Rajasthan. A part of the lives of these women go through separation when their heroes go abroad and fight in war. The performance showcased how beauty emerges from the various activities that the women do when their men come back from war, like getting dressed up, get excited and involve themselves in auspicious activities around the house.

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