Jaipur witnessed a royal ceremony of Holika Dahan at the City Palace Jaipur with HH Sawai Padmanabh Singh and Rajmata Padmini Devi.
The evening of March 01, 2018 also hosted the launch of the album return to Rajasthan by the ‘House of The Gypsies’ presented by PDKF (Princess Diya Kumari Foundation)
The City Palace in Jaipur is one of the best privately conserved palace complexes in India. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh and his dynasty between 1729 and 1732 A.D. Since Independence, it has been the residence of Jaipur royal family and a large part of the complex is open for visitors.
The Third edition of the two-day Sawai Madhour Utsav will be celebrated with verve and enthusiasm on 18 and 19 January, 2018 at Sawai Madhopur in India’s culturally rich state of Rajasthan. MLA, Sawai Madhopur, Princess Diya Kumari informed that Sawai Madhopur Utsav is the celebration of the 255th Foundation Day of the district which is on 19 January. The Utsav is being envisioned as a festival of the rich heritage, culture, art and craft of the region.
The festival will host a melange of events ranging from ‘Sawai Alankaran’, ‘Rural Sports ’, ‘Kavi Sammelan’ and ‘Heritage Quiz’ among others. This was informed by the District Collector, Mr. K.C. Verma today in Sawai Madhopur.
The Festival will begin with traditional rural sports for men on 18 January. This will include Rassa Kassi and Turban Tying to name a few. It will be held at the renowned Raj Bagh. Later on the day, Football and Kabaddi matches will be held at Police Lines ground. For the lovers of“shero-shiyari , Kavi Sammelan will be held during the evening at the Indira Maidan, Bazaria, along with other attractions like Heritage Quiz and Sawai Alankran.
Day 2 celebrations will begin with Yoga Shivir. This will be preceded by Maha Arti at 9 am at the renowned Trinetra Ganesh Mandir. It will be followed by offering of floral tribute to the statue of Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I at Nagar Parishad Parisar. To add a dash of color to the festival, traditional rural sports for women will also be held on the Day 2. The sports will include Kho-Kho, Rassa- Kassi and Goli Chamach. The Colorful Utasv will end with a Prize distribution and closing ceremony on 19 January.
In the two day pack of eye catching events, national and international dignitaries along with tourist are expected to participate. District collector, Sawai Madhopur, said that the Utsav is an annual feature and it’s the third edition this year. The festival will be a unique experience to cherish, he said.
On the occasion of International Dance Day today i.e. 29th April, the state capital of Rajasthan –Jaipur hosted a five day dance festival to raise awareness about traditional and folk dance among youth. This five day event, is organised by Thirak India Cultural Society in collaboration with Gunijankhana at Badal Mahal, City Palace, Jaipur
Princess Diya Kumari inaugurates the festival, ‘Dance Symposium-State of Kathak in the State Of Kathak’ at Jainiwas Gardens, City Palace at Badal Mahal by Traditional Lighting of the lamp.
JAIPUR GHARANA’S KATHAK PERFORMANCE MESMERISES THE AUDIENCE
Rajasthan is known for its beauty and traditional arts. Such events keep alive music and dance traditions and also encourage artists.
The dance Gurus Pandit Girdhari Maharaj, Shashi Sankhla, Pandit Rajkumar Jabda, Smt Rekha Thakar discussed the state of Kathak Dance in Rajasthan. It was followed by the dance performance “Navak” presented by the Jaipur Gharana’s upcoming artistes. The performances were also directed by the above mentioned dance gurus. The cultural evening concluded with Rashmi Uppal’s presentation of Kathak Dance.
The historic 16th century Jaigarh Fort will see two new value additions which will go a long way in attracting more tourists to the monument. The tourist coming to the Royal Guard Gallery entitled ‘War & Peace’ at Jaigarh Fort will now be able to get a rare glimpse into the distinguished military and diplomatic careers of the last two ruling Maharajas of Jaipur,Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II (1911-70) and Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh (1931-2011).
The ‘Royal Guard Gallery’ and the ‘Water Heritage Walk’ were officially inaugurated by the President and CEO of J. Paul Getty Trust, Dr. James Cuno and the Trustee of the Jaigarh Public Charitable Trust as well as the MLA of Sawai Madhopur, Princess Diya Kumari on 23 February, 2014.
The ‘Water Heritage Walk’ will begin at 9 am and will cover the spread of water channels outside the Jaigarh Fort and the way the water flows into Jaigarh. One can also observe its sedimentation and storage in Jaigarh Fort.
It is interesting to note that the catchment area of water for Jaigarh, extending to about 4 kms from the fort is a network of drains, small canals and their arteries laid in and outside the fort. Small canals that bring rainwater from the higher reaches of the hills are designed in such a way that they are on a gradient and also, at the same time, have an undulating course. The water of the first one or two rains was channelled into an open tank in the south-east part of the fort by closing the gate of the canal leading to the main tank,which was used for horses and other animals. Only fresh and clean water was allowed to collect in the main tanks which were used for drinking purposes.There are five such underground storage tanks that can store almost 6 million litres of water.
As per Princess Diya Kumari said: “The Story of Jaigarh water harvesting structure is a story of ingenuity of a society to innovate for all its needs. The extensive water systems of this fort is one of the most significant features. Similarly, the military and diplomatic careers of the last two Maharajas of Jaipur are well known – and the Royal Guard Gallery will do justice in highlighting their illustrious times”.