Events in Jaipur · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · Jaipur Happenings

City Palace Summer Training camp concludes with enthralling performances

A month long ‘City Palace Summer Training Camp’ was organized by Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust, in collaboration with Saraswati Kala Kendra and Rangrit Sansthan with the objective to orient and imbibe the young minds with the rich cultural traditions of our country.

A Sitar Vadan performance by children, which they learnt during the Summer Camp.
A Sitar Vadan performance by children, which they learnt during the Summer Camp.

A whopping number of 250 children participated in the camp. During the camp, students learnt five different forms of arts- Photography by Mr. Yogendra Gupta (senior photographer), ‘Drupad’ classical singing by Dr. Madhu Bhatt Tailang, Tabla/ Dholak by Mr. Mahendra Shankar Dangi, Sitar by Pandit Harishran Bhatt, Kathak Dance by Dr. Jyoti Bharti Goswami and Painting by Mr. Govind Ramdev, Mr. Ramu Ramdev and Mr. Babulal Marotia. The camp was conducted free of cost for participants.

The camp came to an end on a cheerful note today with brilliant performances given by participants of the summer camp. During the closing ceremony, a variety of cultural performances were presented by participating children at the ‘Sarvotobhadra Chowk’ in City Palace, Jaipur.

Children performing Kathak dance at the closing ceremony of the art and culture Summer Camp at City Palace.
Children performing Kathak dance at the closing ceremony of the art and culture Summer Camp at City Palace.

The closing ceremony commenced with the traditional lightening of the lamp by the Library Director of the City Palace, Dr. Chandra Mani Singh and Administrator Colonel, H.S. Jatrana.  It was followed by ‘Saraswati Vandana’. During the function, many performances were given by students on the different aspects of what they had learnt during the camp. Students were also given an opportunity to showcase their painting and photography talents. The ceremony witnessed the presence of honorable Mr. Yunus Khimani, the Director of the City Palace Museum Trust appreciating the effort and enjoying absorbing performances of children.

Children performing Kathak dance at the closing ceremony of the art and culture Summer Camp at City Palace.
Children performing Kathak dance at the closing ceremony of the art and culture Summer Camp at City Palace.



Eat Right…..Monsoon Arrives !

The monsoon is here ! What a welcome relief from the blistering heat of the summer. Well, when it rains in North it really pours.


Eating right is really tricky during this time around. It is important to keep a watch of what we eat during the monsoon. The humidity that the rainy season brings along makes the eatables prone to spoilage and affecting our health. Our immunity also lowers down automatically during monsoons, thus eating anything WRONG upsets tummy. So, eating right and healthy is very critical.

Worry not ! To make your monsoon healthy, we are here with good-health keeping tips:

  • Eat steamed salads instead of raw salads.


  • Avoid eating street food to prevent water-borne diseases and stomach ailments.


  • Use olive oil instead of heavy oils like sesame and mustard for cooking.
  • Consume bitter vegetable like bitter gourd (karela), fenugreek (methi) and turmeric (haldi) as it prevents infection.


  • Drink herbal teas like lemon and garlic to keep the flu away. 


  • Avoid sour fruits and dishes, like tamarind, chutneys and pickels. 


  • No muskmelons and watermelons; also avoid too much of mangoes. 


  • Avoid eating dairy based eatables like ‘paneer’ and ‘raita’ while eating outside.


Last but not the least; feel free to feast on spicy pakoras with garam chai as long as you’re following healthy eating habits. 
Have a healthy and blasting Monsoon ! 🙂 

Forts & Monuments · Jaipur · Rajasthan tourism

Listen to the story of legendary past at Amer Fort, Jaipur

Located at a distance of 11 km from Jaipur, the Amber Fort situated on a hilltop in Rajasthan is a popular tourist attraction. The fort was constructed in 1592 by Raja Man Singh and was modified over a period of 150 years by successive rulers. Amer Fort is known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements. With its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks the Maota Lake, at its forefront.

Amer L&S 3

Apart from its legendary past, the thing that captivates the attention of the tourist & of locals as well is the history of Amer Fort, which is brought to life through an amazing cultural performance- The Amber Fort Light & Sound Show. The show talks about the town of Amer, about the history of Jaipur, its rulers, historical monuments, the historical background of the fort, ancient anecdotes associated with it, its traditions and the grandiosity of the royal family.

The show starts every day at 7.30 in the evening with an energetic backdrop of rocky walls for the light effects. Settle on time at the bottom of the hill and watch as the story of Amer Fort comes to life, blending history with music & light effects.

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During the 50-minute show, admire the colorful lights that illuminate the structure and reflect beautifully on Maota Lake, and gain an understanding of Amber Fort’s legendary past, dating back more than 600 years. Learn about the 28 kings of the Kachwaha Dynasty who ruled a number of kingdoms in the area and see how they played a part in changing the destiny of medieval India. You’ll leave the show with a deeper understanding of how the Indian state of Rajasthan has developed its unique identity.

Amer L&S

Set up in a very exotic location, with the panoramic view of the Amer Fort & Palace complex in the front, the rising Jaigarh on the left, the hills at the back and the gallery itself in the KesarKyari Complex of Maota Lake makes the show even more impressive. The eternal spirit of this royal palace comes alive with thundering music and numerous colorful flashing lights.

Bollywood lyricist and filmmaker Gulzar penned the dramatic script for the show. Amitabh Bachchan, probably the most recognizable voice in India, voices narrative of the fort’s glorious past.

The show is an attempt to revive the pride of Amber, bring forth the traditions that colored the lives of its people, the pomp that once existed in its fullest form and to end the silence that had long fallen. The spirit of Amer is eternal. This musical extravaganza has highlighted the local legends, folklore and a connoisseur of folk music that continues to give Rajasthan its exclusive identity.

Show Timings: English- 7:30 P.M to Hindi- 8:30 P.M

Show charges: Hindi Rs.100, English Rs.200

For booking & enquiry.
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Bollywood · Hindi movie reviews · Indian Cinema · Jaipur · Jaipur Beat · Jaipur Happenings · Reviews · Yeh Jawaani hai deewani

Not so deewani….Yeh Jawaani

This is supposed to be one of the biggest release of the year. Coming from Karan Johar’s Dharma production starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone and directed by Ayan Mukherji (Wake up Sid fame), it can’t get bigger than this.

The movie was released in all the leading multiplexes of Jaipur and we were told that the weekend shows are almost sold out on the online booking for this movie. Team Jaipur Beat decided to watch this movie on the very first day before the opinions about the movies start to flow around. In fact no online review was read by us till we watched this movie. Jaipur Beat forms its own opinion you see 🙂

The movie starts with a very advertisement campaign style sequence showing how professional Fed Ex are in delivering the couriers, probably a marriage card. The flashback of 8 years tells us that Bunny (Ranbir), Avi

k(Aditya Roy Kapoor) and Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) are close friends. They decide to take a adventurous trekking holiday at Manali. Naina (Deepika) is a studious kind of a girl who wears specs, who has never taken holiday in her life, never kissed some one, didn’t have an affair, never touched alcohol and so on…. So Naina joins them on this life changing holiday and care free boy Bunny, who loves speed, wants to keep moving meets this girl on a holiday. They spend time together, get to know each other and yes, fall in love with each other. No, I am not telling you the story of DDLJ again, but this is 2013 and we are still living with DDLJ hangover. The guy had intention to leave abroad to pursue his life and career and he actually does that leaving every one behind.


We are shown beautiful Europe and US in between where Bunny is busy doing travel shows. 8 years later, its yeh-jawani-hai-deewani_1365160991back to beautiful lake city of Udaipur where the royal wedding of Aditi is taking place and every one meets every one once again. Naina and Bunny meet again, the old flames are ignited and apart from the Rajshri inspired song and dance sequences , their love seems to blossom. The royal wedding setup at Oberoi’s Udai Vilas looks so similar to the end scene of Band Baja Baraat that was shot at Jodhpur. The song and dance sequence remind  us of Rajshri’s Hum Saath Saath Hai. Bunny again decides to leave for Paris leaving crying Naina and ever drinking and sulking Avi behind.

Will he come back or will continue to pursue his dreams ? I will leave this for you to know as it will spoil fun of watching the movie for you.

Overall a movie that promised so much, had potential to deliver so much, overall fails to deliver it all. Ayan Mukherji’s debut film Wake up Sid was so much full of emotions and character. Unfortunately the same is not seen in Yeh Jawaani. The characters are weak. Why Bunny (Ranbir) continued to move ahead in life and suddenly decides to drop it all and come back to be an emotional son and lover, was too sudden a transformation. What was the problem in Avi’s life that he continued to crib and drink like a tanker was never actually shown. Naina’s character never actually depicted that she was madly in love with Bunny. In fact the expressions between the lovers were so weak that even when Bunny was proposing to Naina, it looked like a meek and forced act.


The acting is good in parts and quite average in between. Some how we expected more from Ranbir after Rockstar and Barfi and I feel he disappointed us. Deepika looked ravishing and as beautiful as we expect her to be. She played a role of a subdued lover, and if its intentional then its alright, else I would say she failed to replicate the pain of a lover, as she’s supposed to be in the movie. To me the highlight of the movie was Kalki Koechlin, as fearless Aditi she plays the role with aplomb. And she looks so natural even during emotional scenes. Adtiya Roy Kapoor looks really good till he is not required to speak. As an ever drinking guy, he did a good job overall. Special mention to Farookh Sheikh, in a small role as Bunny’s father, he showed what a wonderful actor he is. In fact the scene between father and son reminds us so much of Wake up Sid, even the background music was similar. Madhuri as Mohini for the ghaghra song looked beautiful and of course dance brilliantly.

Watch Yeh Jawaani for its beautiful cinematography, for its wonderful locale of Manali, Europe and of course Udaipur. Watch it for some melodious music such as Kabira, Subhanallah and of course Balam Pichkari. Watch it for handsome Ranbir and mesmerizing Deepika. Expecting too much of a story, emotions and soul from it, would be expecting too much…..

Rating 3.5/ 5

Gaurav Hajela for Jaipur Beat