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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-

NAVRAS 2017: Experience Music, Dance and Theatre in JKK Jaipur

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The Pink City of Jaipur and its theatre and art connoisseurs are soon going to have a delightful dose of performing art, dance and music! A super hit theatre fest in 2016, NAVRAS comes back to Jaipur with even more enthralling performances  rife with social messages through entertainment.  Jawahar Kala Kendra is presenting the second edition of its Performing Arts Festival, Navras 2017 !
The dates of the festival are out- it’s 18th to 26th March 🙂 

Check out the program for Navras 2017! Bookings will open on 15th March. Tickets will be available at JKK reception.

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Various popular artists like Shubha Mudgal, Zila Khan (Vocals), Rajendra Panchal (Theatre), Aditi Mangaldas (Dance) and more are participating in the festival.

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Get ready to have an amazing, enlightening and entertaining dose of performing arts during Navras 2017 in Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur!

Images via: Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Madhya Pradesh Utsav 2014 in Jaipur

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Madhya Pradesh Utsav 2014

To encourage the artisans, art and handicraft of Madhya Pradesh, Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur hosts an eventful and colorful fair cun exhibition- Madhya Pradesh Utsav 2014.

In this fair you can find the very vivid culture of the heart of India : Madhya Pradesh. The Madhya Pradesh Utsav 2014 has it all to delight the craft enthusiasts with Bhil paintings, iron crafts, tribal jewellery, traditional Bags, Bags with Mirror Work, Batik Design, Brass work, Wood carving, Metal Lamp shades, Tribal painting, Textiles and what more. Adding to that, different food and entertainment stalls are also set up to make your shopping experience even more interesting.

The fair ends on 10th November !! So hurry and shop
Hindustan ka dil dekho 🙂

Art Gallery at Jawahar Kala Kendra

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In the vast gamut of Rajasthani heritage and art, the need of nurturing and incubating art and artists was prominently felt. This anomaly brought the foundation of an international art and culture centre in Jaipur, popularly known as Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Jawahar kala Kendra focused to the preservation and promotion of the various genres of Indian art and culture.

In the last few of years JKK has apparently become the popular cultural destination and is giving a point of reference to the newly arising art and cultural centers.  Through out the year cultural activities get accomplished in the JKK’s premises. This year the 4th Art gallery of Jawahar Kala Kendra will have 25 artists from across the country displaying their paintings and photographs.

The exhibition will start from April 11 to 14, 2014 and the timings would be 10.00 am to 07.30 pm including Sunday. This weekend explore the inspiring paintings & photographs, and experience the real and authentic Rajasthan at Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Jaipur Celebrates Theatre- Jairangam

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The Art and theatre lovers of pink City are enjoying the world of theatre and witnessing the performances of the best of the artists, directors, playwrights of the International fame.

“Jairangam-Celebrating Theatre” to be the most exciting, innovative and accessible Festival of Theatre is scheduled in jaipur from December 15 to 21, 2013 This National level theatre festival is promoting the cultural, educational and economic well-being of the people in Jaipur.

The festival is dedicated to Guru Rabindra Nath Tagore. Jairangam 13 is clubbing more than 750 + artists from across the country.

The artists performing in the festival had staged their shows around the globe and are well recognized as eminent theatre personalities even outside India.

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The plays to be staged from outside the city in the festival will include many recognized plays

Check out their website for more details of the plays and venue.  http://jairangam.org/

Teej festival concludes on a colorful note

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Along with enjoying the monsoon showers and relishing Teej’s sweet delicacies such as fini and ghewar, those who thronged the Teej festival organized by the Department of Tourism also posed for pictures and clicked each other. The firang tourists, of course, were delighted. 

Showcasing the charm and culture of Rajasthan, the two-day monsoon fest kicked off with the traditional Teej procession led by decked up elephants, musical bands, chariots and folk performers in the walled city.

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The procession of the Teej Goddess began from the Tripoliya Gate and was the major attraction as the tourists got to see a little bit more of the traditional festival. Between trying to capture each and every moment of the procession on their cameras, the tourists also sampled the sweets and looked about at the items on sale at the Crafts Mela at JKK’s Shilpgram. This mela was done on the lines of a village fair, and had handicrafts shops with colourful ware, folk performances, elegantly decorated swings and, of course, the food court.

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Bringing diverse music on the same platform, this mela also showcased the refined classical music of India with artistes like sufi singer Sonam Kalra, Kuchipudi dancer Shalu Jindal, and singer Vidya Shah performing at the Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Five days of Teej celebration with added 30 elephants at procession

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The traditional Sawan Teej Festival will be organized from August 07 -11, 2013 in Jaipur. Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) will once again be the hub of a large number of folk and cultural events this year.

The traditional Teej procession with all its regal pomp and pageantry, will start on 09 August at 6 pm from the Tripoliya Gate (City Palace), winding its way through Tripolia Bazar and Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar to wind up at the Chaugan Stadium. The procession will also take place next day at the same time.

There is an enthusiastic wave of cheer and happiness among the tourists, the travel fraternity and the local populace due to the participation of 30 elephants as a special feature of the traditional Teej procession unlike last year’s ban on their use during the festivals.  The event will be led by an elephant which will carry the symbol. It will be followed by a mélange of cultural performances likes Kachhi Ghodi, Gair, Kalibaliya and chakri dances. The procession will include: a cannon carriage, bullock carts, horse baggi, decorated rath, horses and camels. A number of bands will also accompany the procession.  The sawari of the Goddess Teej will be almost at the end followed by chobdar.

Besides, the folk and cultural performances at JKK will begin from August 09, 2013 from 07.00pm onwards. On the first day there will be a performance by Shalu Jindal (Kuchipudi dance) followed by Vidya Shah (Sugam Sangeet). Next day, on August10, 2013, the visitors will be able to witness the well known Sufi Singer Sonam Kalra. On August11, 2013, will be folk music by Malini Awasthi followed by performances of the Rajasthani folk artistes.

A food and craft mela has also been organized from August 07 to 11, 2013 (from 2 pm to 10 pm) at Shilpgram in JKK. While visitors will be able to enjoy the ethnic Rajasthani food there will also a cultural bonanza by way of folk performances. A wide variety of handicrafts will also be available for sale.

Organized by the Department of Tourism, arrangements have been made for the tourists to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.