Jaipur’s iconic monuments to host Heritage Evenings at Zee JLF!!

Zee Literature Festival in its 11th edition in association with Rajasthan Tourism is celebrating the pink city’s rich heritage, against the exquisite backdrop of its iconic monuments.

Zee Jaipur literature festival 2018 will host two grand events at Jaipur’s iconic Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal. Being held on the evenings of January 26th and 28th, these events will showcase spellbinding performances against the exquisite backdrop of monuments that celebrate the city’s rich cultural heritage.

Under the Stars @ Hawa Mahal– The Troth-Usne Kaha Tha, a multimedia dance theatre performance, presented by Akademi.Friday, 26th January, 7:30 pm

 

hawamahal.jpg

A Majestic Evening @ Amber Fort– Sarangi maestro Ustad Kamal Sabri followed by Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi – A Tribute to Jagjit Singhby Shekhar Ravjiani. Sunday, 28th January, 7:30 pm

amer-at-night

So get ready for two glorious Heritage Evenings comprising enchanting music and cultural performances,
Entry to these Evenings are by invitation only!

Date- 26th & 27th January, 2018

 

 

From Scrap To Art, This Indo-French Artistic Collaboration Is The Best Thing To Look Forward To At Jaipur Literature Festival


It was the festive season again. They both knew they now would need to leave their beloved sack and get to the job. They began with the simplest things – digging the closets, cleaning drawers and finally reaching the basement to see if there was anything they don’t use any more. Midst browsing through the long forgotten things, they stumbled upon something and then some more. Things which were clearly outmoded & forgotten, they brushed off the dust and found the most expensive of them, the one they had never wanted to let go – The Lost Time.

In celebration of 11 years of JLF (Jaipur Literature Festival) and inspired by one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, the French novelist, critic, and essayist – Marcel Proust and his most prominent work ‘À la recherche du temps perdu’ – In Search of Lost Time, two self taught Jaipur artists – Ritu & Surya Singh in collaboration with a French artist – Nicolas Henry decided to create installations & experiences from scrap and discards by putting up an eccentric Indo – French collaboration – Theater of Stories at the Roots Hall near Poolside at Hotel Clarks Amer in Jaipur.

 

From left to right – Nicolas Henry, Timmie Kumar, Ritu Singh, Surya Singh

“‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes’, these silver words by Marcel Proust inspired us to rise over our own perspective and constitute a space that narrates the recollections & experiences of childhood of all those who belong to this generation”, said Jaipur based Ritu Singh while explaining to us the vision of her art extravaganza.

An assortment of archaic treasures like old clock-boxes, smell of dried flowers, the lost sheen of antique telephones, fading sound of wooden bangle boxes, scraps of memorandums, old televisions, doll houses  & photographs come together to create a dim-lit world of involuntary memories which happens to be a manifestation of thoughts that peeped inside the heads of these geniuses.




Once you step out of the nostalgia, you enter a whimsical world of Nicolas Henry – a French writer, photographer & artist who has taken his photographs from various parts of Morocco, India, Istanbul, Cambodia and dressed them with his stupendous style of Art Nouveau.


‘This art does not have a name. It is something which is mine and very close to my heart, it narrates my love for travel, varied cultures, different kinds of people and story telling. This, for me, is like meditation’
~ Nicolas Henry, The French Artist displaying his work at Theatre of Stories in Clarks Amer. 

In celebration of 11 years of JLF, the exhibition brings together a set of people who believe in characters, find inspiration from the plots and are driven by the narratives. The display has various segments from Supershaktimaan- which is a photographic series by Nicolas Henry who walks you through an adventurous fairy-tale narrative which has a hero, heroine & a villain. The hero sets on a venture to save the world which is full of colors, festivals, magnificent architecture, camels, elephants, urban & rural lives, old palaces, dizzy dips in step wells, exotic ruins and heaps of trash all created with things like cotton, papers, discarded fabrics which contains a lot of Rajasthan’s essence like the silver & golden borders of Gotapatti, remains of red bandhani, photographs of streets, Hawamahal and the like. The collaborative art of Surya, Ritu & Nicolas is an eerie melange of the elements of Symbolism, Primitivism, and Expressionism.

IMG_5828

The space hosts a number of pop-ups of brands from across the country, and each has in it a soupçon of reincarnation. Whether it’s the traditional block prints of Brigitte Singh, Ecru -a lifestyle store of Kuwait and a design house from Surat with their varied range or the unique sets of furniture by Baro, they all feel and smell of a waning art that is pleading to be saved.


The show is included under the umbrella of art@ZEEJLF.

P.S. The Exhibition continues till February 28, 2018

Time: 11.00 am to 5 pm daily (Sunday closed)
Venue: Roots Hall by the Poolside, Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur 

Supported by Art at ZEE JLF
You can visit from the 4th of January until the 28 of February.

 

 

Are You Ready For Jaypore’s Homecoming To Jaipur?

We were very excited to know that the label Jaypore, which is dedicated to reinventing age old crafts by travelling to different corners of the country and curating exclusive collections of finest crafts are coming to JaipurJaypore is celebrating its home coming in Jaipur from 17th-31st January by setting up Jaypore Open House at the world royal haven- Narain Niwas Palace. It will be a one of a kind experience to feel how highly curated designs from across the country feel in person.

Bringing the world a little closer together through unique designs from eminent artisans and craftsmen from all over India that give you the feel of your home no matter where you are in the world is what Jaypore is about. Jaypore leaves no stone unturned to bring an exclusive collection that represents India’s elite craft-based designs to your doorstep.

 

 

Not only local block prints and vintage silver designs will be here, but you can also see elaborate Kantha from West Bengal, hand-painted Madhubani from Bihar, tribal jewellery from Gujarat and South silk come alive in the city that is a melting pot of art and cultures.

tosjwj60006908-1_3

Experience a one-stop artisanal haul where premier collection of jewellery, clothing, accessories, footwear and home décor has fascinating stories to share and you will surely pick one of each on the way back home!

savethedate

What – Jaypore Open House in Jaipur
When – 17 – 31 January | 11:00 am – 07:00 pm
Where – The Kanota, Narain Niwas Palace Hotel, Narain Singh Road, Kanota Bagh, Jaipur

8 Food Delicacies to Relish On Lohri In Jaipur

New year marks the beginning of new festivals which are celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal. The most fêted ones are none other than Lohri and Makar Sankranti and the most fascinating part of these colourful festivals is that the old also rejoices these festivities as much as the young ones do. Whether it is doing bhangra on Lohri or making your music louder than the neighbours on Sankranti, each festival holds its own charm and Jaipurites leave no stone unturned in celebrating them.

Prepping your kites, bonfire preparations and not to forget the most important part of each festival is our favorite “FOOD”. No occasion or party or event is complete without food and, especially in Jaipur, where foodies are in abundance especially those having a sweet tooth. So let’s take you on a food ride where you will only satiate three things “HUNGER. HUNGER AND HUNGER” 😉

  1. GajakLet us begin with the most popular sweet which every Jaipurite can’t get over, Gajak. Made from sesame seeds, groundnuts and jaggery, you will find this sweet in everyone’s hands especially in winters.

2. Rewadi

Rewadi is yet another dessert which is made using sesame seed and jaggery in the form of small candies and is often enjoyed after dinner. Various flavours of rewadi are enjoyed be everyone ranging from children to adults.

3. Sarson ka saag aur makki ki roti

This duo never fails to disappoint us. The heartwarming saag coupled with makki ki roti with lots of butter on top is the most beloved couple and we all love to have them with us.


4. Dal ke pakode with chutney

Sankranti is incomplete without having the fresh aroma of dal ke pakode and when they are served with dhaniya ki chatni, it takes you to a heavenly world 😀

5. Feeni

With sweet syrup or milk, Feeni tastes best with both. What is your preference?

6. Til ke Laddoo

Are you ready to experience some magical moments with the crunchy, sweet  til ke laddoo? Made from sesame seeds, ghee, khoya and sugar, til laddoos will definitely bring some sweet moments to your life.

7. Peanuts & Popcorn

As a gesture to pay tribute to nature’s wonder, popcorn & peanuts are thrown in the fire to celebrate happiness & fertility on Lohri !

8. Makhane ki kheer

And to end your day with makhane ki kheer is right here. A delicious blend of makhana, fruits and milk makes up for a sensational dessert.

Wait no more, gorge on these delicious delights this festive season !
Happy Lohri all 🙂

Feed Your Musical & Arty Soul At Ranthambore Festival 2018

Ever wondered what life would be like in some other state than the one you’re currently living in? What if we told you that a grand festival is waiting in an old palace somewhere in the deserts of Rajasthan for you to truly witness what living in Rajasthan feels like? It’s not just a bunch of turbans or camels we’re talking about. It’s about everything that makes Rajasthan the colourful and celebrated desert it is.

rfest1

Ranthambhore Festival in the Nahargarh palace of Ranthambhore has for you a three day carnival to get into the spirit of Rajasthan and admire the beauty of the state while closely experiencing the quintessence it is made of.

Imagine yourself in a palace, listening to the rustic, full-throated and soulful voice of a Rajasthani folk singers, playing indigenous instruments – the dholak, dhol, ektara, khartal, morchang and sarangi, attending music concerts and watching documentaries, eating lavishly some regal supper, learning new art, talking to people from different countries,  sitting under the stars and venturing into the forest nearby. Can’t get any better, right?

IMG_6242 (2).JPG

6j7a6398-copy.jpg

Indulge in the collaboration of art, music, dance, food, cinematography, adventure and intellectual activities and shopping at the Ranthambhore Festival on the 19th, 20th and 21st of January.

The festival has activities enough for you to remain in awe of the exquisiteness of the humble state.

music.jpg

A festival for you to experience, learn and take back with you the art of the state with activities like drum circle, folk instrument classes and performances, meditation and yoga, hot air ballooning, open mic, culinary venture, musical performances from around the globe, documentary screening, music and nature conservation, bicycle tour of Ranthambore’s environs,  souk, mid-night star gazing session, traditional block printing workshop,  pottery workshop and the most esteemed  Royal Secret Supper.

supper.jpg

IMG_6275.JPG

If this doesn’t make you pack your bags right away, we don’t know what will.

 

Date-19, 20 and 21 January

Venue– Nahargarh palace, Ranthambhore, Rajasthan.

Getting there- By Air

If you are travelling from Jaipur, the airport is 160 kms from Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambore. Jaipur is well connected to all metros with daily flights operated by Indigo, Go Air, Jet Airways, and Indian Airlines. Once you land, you can take a prepaid airport taxi or a private taxi to Ranthambore. This will cost you approximately Rs 2500.

By Train (Recommended)

Sawai Madhopur station is only three kilometers (ten minutes drive) from Ranthambore and is well connected to almost every city in India by superfast trains, being the most important railway junction in Rajasthan.

By Road

Ranthambore is well connected with all major highways and if you’re planning a road trip, here’s what you need to know. Jaipur to Ranthambore 180 Km (Approx. 3h via Rajasthan State Hwy 24) Delhi to Ranthambore- 381 Km(Approx. 6 Hours via NH8 and NH 11A) Mumbai to Ranthambore – 1031 Km (Approx. 16 h 51 min via NH 3) Udaipur to Ranthambore- 388 Km (Approx. 6h 10 min via NH 76 and RJ SH 29) Agra to Ranthambore- 239 Km (Approx. 4h 23 min via via RJ SH 1) Ahmedabad to Ranthambore – 640 Km (Approx. 9h 47 min via NH8 and NH 76)

how to get here.png

Undiscover Lifestyle Like Never Before In Jaipur- Hidden Treasures

A show that stays true to its name, Hidden Treasures is an exclusively curated exhibition of artisans, craftsman and designers that is taking its first steps in the royal city of Jaipur. Treasures from all across the country will explore the unexplored city wherein they will not only take the essence of the colourful city of Jaipur back with them but also give a tasteful craft to the Jaipurites.

hidden treasurews1

The untold stories will be spoken in the never before language viz. in the form of their exquisite artifact that they have curated on their own. Hold your breath ladies and gentleman as Jaipur Beat is about to unveil the unseen faces who are going to exhibit their exceptional object d’art at none other than the royal palace itself Diggi Palace.

  1. Exclusive artefacts

Manufactured in fine taste and authenticity, a select range of handcrafted products will leave you spellbound and make you want to take everything home along with you. Classic silver artefacts, customized Victorian era trunks, water painting contemporary art along with costume jewelry and unique handicrafts will be revealed for the first time in the Indian markets. Get exposed to the never seen art before.

Exhibitors: Paramapara, Natasha Bishnoi, Troncandco, Aura of colors and A P Enterprise.

artifacts

  1. Finest fabrics

The splendid fabric which has taken an entire team’s patience and perseverance will be bestowed in front of you from all around the globe. Organic block printing, chikankari from the city of Nawabs-Lucknow, believed to have been introduced by the wife of Emperor Jahangir, Nur Jahan,  antique chiffon textiles that evoke images of medieval and ancient ages, unique poshaks, finest sarees from the city of Banaras, astounding phulkari work and the very famous Varanasi’s silk fabric is going to make you go gaga over it.

Exhibitors: Avni Bhuva, Sakshi creations, Kriya, Yuvti, Nilambri, Asees home and Shree Balaji silk.

block printing

banarasi sarees

  1. Authentic refreshments

Fresh from the farms and pahadis of the country, when the treasures are traversed, the country gets enriched. Refreshing organic ghee, oil and honey from the farms of Bihar and pahadis of Shimla, exotic grains and spices from the fields of Gujarat and Rajasthan and dreamy eggless flavors from the Bakery will make you drool over it.

Exhibitors: Shillar House, Rakhee’s organics, Pixie Dust, Chaat Bar and Sherbet Station.

 

  1. Lifestyle

The in-vogue fashion and lifestyle will give you a brand new perspective about clothing in the industry. Elegance will be made believable, ethnicity in every block of block printing will be exposed, vibrant and fashionable apparel will be at display, exclusive shawls, suit pieces and carpets right from the valleys of Kashmir, the crazy new designer kurtas and a century old legacy work of zardozi, lappa cutwork and threadwork and designing carpets and masand for the royals and weddings is going to step in the city of Jaipur and will make Jaipurites fall for them.

Exhibitors: Butterfly Story, Ratika Gupta, Pitara, Muah, Wangnoo Collections, Lotus collective, Ekmit, Milk Design, Ease, Kit and Caboodle, aavidi by Dimple, Kalee, Sola, Jaipur heritage, Afzal Miyan Karchobwale, Kuvrani Ritu Sinjhi, Tresjolie, Rudra Priya, Joy Mitra and Paridhi Jaipuria.

clothing

clothing1 textiles

  1. Elegant accessories

Authentic quality and not just complimenting the Indian wear but also ready-to-go with western wear type of elegant accessories is going to be installed right in front of you. A wide array of fashion and home products, tastefully crafted bags, mojris that goes with every attire that you carry, colorful potli bags, PETA approved vegan footwear and classy leather accessories will mesmerize you and would leave you with no choice but shop all.

Exhibitors: Needlecrest by Needlepoint, Visista, Haute Stepper, A&A, Kanabis, The Tan Base, and Brandless.

accesorries

  1. Elaborate jewellery

The most elegant and stylish jewellery that will make not only ladies but also men turn around and have another look at the most supreme quality pieces will be instilled right here. The international runway jewellery trends, jewellery piece that is especially customized according to your style and authentic pieces of the best quality will be there to make you look trendy and make heads turnover. Have a glance at the exquisite pieces of jewellery and you won’t be able to leave them without taking one or two at home.

Exhibitors: Satya Johari, KB Jewels and Kanak Kriti.

jewels

A lifestyle show curated by Richa Singh and Saloni Bhandari is all set to get undiscovered by you, are you guys up for it?

3 Stand-Up Comedians From Rajasthan Who Have Made It Big In India

‘Laughter is the best medicine’. We have all grown up hearing this line and fed with the importance of a good laugh a day, but few are those who are actually gifted to make us laugh and laugh hard.

In a world that’s only becoming a gloomier & a frightening place with every passing day, stand-up comedians come as a ray of hope in the darkness & are angels in human forms. They research, work hard, sit & write about what, how & where they have to speak in order to generate the most innocent pure emotion – a hearty laugh. On a day when the first celebration of Laughter Day was carried out i.e. 10th January, 1998, Jaipur Beat wants you to meet the 3 stand up comedians who hail from Rajasthan and have made it big in the world of comedy.

  1. Vipul Goyal

    The only Indian comedian to have a web-series dedicated solely to him, Vipul Goyal was born in Falna in Rajasthan, India. Counted among the top stand-up Indian comedians , Vipul  is adept at and has been tickling the funny bones with his satire, observational comedy & improvisational comedy for 6 years now with realistic & hilarious pieces like ‘Woh the papa’ and has had more than 50 million views on his online videos across various platforms.

  2. Shyam Rangeela

    The man who got infamously famous by getting innocently involved in a recent controversy at The Great Indian Laughter Challenge , Shyam Rangeela hails from Sri Ganganagar city in Rajasthan. He recently caught the eyes of media and politics owing to his fantastic mimicry of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi & the President of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi which got him eliminated from the reality show.

  3. Zakir Khan

    Last but not the least, Zakir Khan needs no introduction. Born and brought up in Indore, Zakir Khan has his roots in Rajasthan as his forefathers belong to the state of Rajasthan. He has also spent a lot of time in Jaipur for an internship in 2009 while take up some odd jobs to earn money before shifting to Delhi. He rose to popularity by winning Comedy Central’s India’s Best Stand Up Comedian competition in 2012 and has also been a part of a news comedy show, On Air with AIB. With his satirical & narrative comedy pieces like ‘Haq Se Single’ & ‘When I meet a Delhi Girl’  , he has won hearts of many. Not just that, the man knows music & writes wonderful poetry as well.


    Rajasthan is proud to have them 🙂