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Life at “Lokrang”

Where life was seen overflowing with colors and the air was filled with moments of joy, that’s where Jaipur Beat was present, capturing the happiness live!!

Presenting a perfect blend of Indian culture and colors of traditions through eleven days long dance festival, ‘Lokrang-2013′ was held at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, to celebrate the energetic folk art and cultural tradition of India.

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Started in 1994, Lokrang is an 11 day festival held every year in the month of October-November approximately 15 days before Diwali from the first day of the month of Kartika. This year it started from 19th Oct and went on till 29th Oct. Lokrang or say “National Folk Festival” comprises National Dance Festival and National Handicraft Fair (Gandhi Shilp Bazar) at the Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

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The presentations of National Dance Festival are performed in the beautiful ambiance of “Madhyavarti” (Open air theatre) of JKK. It starts around 7 in the evening and goes on for almost 2 hours. This year more than 60 kinds of Dances from the performers from 18 States and 1 union territory were presented to the audience.

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Be it Mayur dance of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat’s garba, Chari dance from Rajasthan or a lot more dances from various states, the one thing that they all showered was happiness !! Each artist came with an expertise and flawless expressions which made the eyes gaze in admiration. The joy on their faces and a myriad of colors filled the air with happiness and it looked like the entire country is soaked in the spirit of celebrations.

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Simultaneously, the National Handicraft Fair at the Shilp Gram of JKK depicts the worthy participation of the indigenous craftsmen from various states of the country. This craft fair has been promoting and representing the indigenous- conventional crafts and also enhancing the interaction within artisans and art lovers in a mesmerizing rural ambience of authentic significance.

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The Celebrations Begin with Navratri :)

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So what do the Navratri and this festival-full month mean to you Jaipurites? Poojas at home, a lot of holidays from school or college, lots of typical traditional outfits, dandiya & garba plans, fasting for peace and prosperity and a lot more is what October indeed promises. When it comes to celebrating traditions and making the most out of these happy times we never lag behind. After all this is the exact time to meet all the fellow youngsters of town and know the juicy gossips in the air ;). You just have to know the right place to be!

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The days are going to start with an auspicious pooja and an all-too-enchanting Om Jai Ambey Gauri bhajan. The pleasant feeling you derive makes this a happy time. Some start the Navratri with prayers at Amer’s Maata’s Mandir. For the next nine days, prayers and fasting are going to be rigorous and dedicated.

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The dandiya nights and garba evenings are going to be eclectic, fun and pleasant. While these events bring the mood of the season alive, they are the temporarily the most ‘it’ places of the pink city. Ask the young Jaipurites and they will know how happening Sundaram, Jai Club and Grassfields’ dandiya galas get 😉 Why should the grown-ups be any behind? Abhivyakti, by Dainik Bhaskar certainly is one of the largest and the oldest garba gathering of the city. There are even preparatory dance classes, planned by the organisers. Abhivyakti is as traditional as it gets!

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The 9 day Navratri festival is followed by the Vijay Dashmi on the 10th day. It is the culmination of the Ramlila which is enacted ceremoniously during Dussehra, the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and Meghanada are burnt to celebrate the victory of good (Rama) over evil forces on the ‘Vijaya Dashami’ day. Ofcourse we all have learnt that at school and from our good-old Ramayana show on Doordarshan. How many of us have special family memories and those school enactments fresh in our minds?!

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A Sufi Musical Treat -Jahan-e-Khusrau!

Jaipur will host the 3rd annual world Sufi music festival Jahan-e-Khusrau from tomorrow. The event is being organised jointly by the tourism department of Rajasthan and the Rumi Foundation. Over the last decade, Jahan-e-Khusrau has showcased Sufi singers, dancers and musicians from different parts of the world such as Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, Morocco, Tunisia, Sudan, Egypt, Greece, Germany, Japan, and the US.

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Presented by Rumi Foundation and designed and directed by filmmaker-painter Muzaffar Ali, the annual festival showcases the best of Sufi singers, dancers and musicians.

Other names to perform at the fest will be Astha Dixit, Deveshi Sahgal, Abida Parveen from Islambad and Sonam Kalra from Delhi; and Nazeer Ahmad Warsi and Group from Hyderabad.

“One of our most important objectives for the festival has been to create a bridge between the East and the West and make audiences realise its universalism,” said Muzaffar Ali, creative director of the festival.

The festival promises to enthrall music connoisseurs by presenting some of the eminent Sufi artists from across the world.

Spread “Insaniyat ka Paigham” tomorrow at 7 PM, Central Park, Jaipur.

 

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Oh why Ranbir ? Why be Besharam ?

 
When you have a movie directed by Abhinav Kashyap, director of Dabangg and have Rishi, Neetu and Ranbir Kapoor acting together for the first time, you really are looking for some thing special. Ranbir Kapoor’s releases are supposed to be the most looked forward releases these days, who can forget the massive opening of Yeh Jawaani. So we at Jaipur Beat decided to watch the movie on the very first day that was released on Wednesday and not Friday for a change due to 2nd October holiday.
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The movie starts with a pretty impressive looking Javed Jaafri (Chandel) as a villian. Must say he is one of the most underrated actors of Hindi films. That Ranbir Kapoor is getting names such as Bunny (YJHD) and now Bubbli in this movie is some thing that defies any logic. May be he is trying really hard to live up to his image of chocolaty hero. Any ways Bubbli is a car thief who also happens to be an orphan. Like a modern day Robinhood, he donates every income from his “not so noble profession” to his orphanage. Pallavi Sharda (Tara), a debutant, is supposed to work in an architecture firm as manager and lives in Delhi-6 kind of colony in Delhi. That she buys a 25 lakh worth of Mercedes B Class in the very first scene of the movie to attend a friend’s wedding is the lamest excuse you can come across. Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor play Police as Inspector and Constable and are called Chulbul and Bulbul Chautala in this movie.
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So Bubbli steals the Merc of Tara and hands it over to Chandel not knowing its hers. Now as he was deeply in love with her and clearly indicated that by barging into her office once, he realises his mistake and decides to steal the Merc again from Chandel. The first half of the movie is totally disconnected and clearly misses any connection. In one scene Ranbir is dancing with all funny clothes and in another he is trying to act like SRK in a shaadi song.
The story takes a turn when it is found out that the car which Bubbli stole back also has huge cash in its boot. So the cash takes a full circle from Bubbli to Chautalas to Chandel. The climax is totally predictable and you can even guess the next scene. There are funny moments in between but overall the director has tried to make Ranbir look and act like Salman in maximum part of the movie. Now having a Salman hangover is one thing and asking Ranbir to act like him is totally another matter. The climax has scenes taken out from Gadar, Ajab Prem ki gajab kahaani and of course Dabangg. Watching Rishi Kapoor with his physique act like a tough cop is quite a hilarious moment of the film.
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Its hard to understand why Ranbir Kapoor would do this movie. He looked good in parts but again those cheap dialogues do not augur well with his profile. And what was the need to show his butt crack once again ? Probably he took the title of this movie way too seriously. The wikipedia introduction of Pallavi Sharda states that she is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. Watching her moves that look so cheap and vulgar at times, its hard to be convinced by this intro. She does look pretty at times but fails miserably in emotional scenes. Rishi and Neetu Kapoor could have been the highlight of the movie. In fact Neetu Kapoor looks extremely graceful even as a constable. Although at times they do sound a genuine couple but the cheap dialogues take away the authenticity of the relationship.
The songs felt forced and some of them try to copy music of 70’s and 80’s. The music by Lalit Pandit (of Jatin-Lalit fame) is overall average with an exception of  Tu Hai  by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal and Dil Ka jo Haal hai by Abhijeet and Shreya.
At the end it was really disappointing to see Ranbir Kapoor in this movie. But the blessing in disguise is what would be the fate of this movie if he wasn’t there. If you have nothing substantial to do in life and are ok with a little bit double meaning cheap comedy this movie is for you other wise staying away from this is advisable.
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Jaipur this October :)

Jaipur has always been a celebrated city, from the culture and festivals to the metropolitan-like carnivals, there is no dearth of events for the Jaipurites. The pink city is colourful and glittery round the year.
Now that we have come to the most vibrant festival-full time of the year, it is going to get busy and chaotic but never dull! It starts from Vastra, an International textile and apparel fair, from October 3rd-6th, 2013 at Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre in Sitapura Industrial Area. Come October 5th, it is time for the fashion mongers of the city to pick up their shopping bags and get set for the Jaipur shopping festival in various parts of the town and the Grand Indian Wedding Show at the Ramada Hotel. This day is as special for the god-loving souls of the city, with Navratri festival starting on the 5th. But who said we don’t celebrate the cross-cultural festivals?

Come together for Durga Puja between October 9th and 13th. The pink city has something for everybody, we are not going to miss our travellers and tourists. This month has an Indian Travel Mart at the BM Birla Auditorium, from October 18th till October 20th. This three-day travel & tourism exhibition promises choice of Perfect Holidays, Travel & Tour Packages, Rail Tourism Packages, Online Rail Reservation, Airlines, Cruise and where to stay from the favourite & unexplored Destinations, Hotels, Resorts, Palaces etc. around the Country and Abroad. Top the month with the Husband’s day or Karva Chauth. Fast for your husbands or fiancées and feel the peace like no other.
So Jaipur, pull up your socks and tie your laces for this festival-packed and wedding backed month 😉