Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival is taking a virtual avatar this year due to the pandemic. This is the 14th edition of JLF and we will definitely miss the vibrancy of the physical event in the city. Despite this, it makes us proud to tell that the Jaipur poet, Jagdeep Singh, will be featured at this virtual edition in February. A video of his reading some of his poems from the first collection ‘My Epitaph’, will be shown in the category of ‘New Writers Short Series’.
The anthology, published by Writers Workshop in Kolkata, comprises of poems, which are about a variety of topics like vagaries of life, the inevitability of death, the pangs of love, and even on the struggle of writing poetry. One special feature of the poems is that some of them are on well-known personas like Hemingway, Hamlet, Sylvia Plath, and even the protagonist of the well-known novel, Catch-22, ‘Yossarian’.
Dr. Ananda Lal, the man behind the Writers Workshop, Kolkata, which is fastidious about the Indo-English poetry they publish said for his poems: “Apart from their originality and sensitivity, they have the rare quality in an Indian poet of irony and readiness to laugh at oneself or about otherwise serious themes.”
The anthology will be officially launched at physical book events at the end of February both in Jaipur and New Delhi.
Despite the pandemic, let’s celebrate the joy of knowledge in a digital avatar at JLF 2021!
On the occasion of the Commemoration of Late H.H. Brigadier Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh MVC of Jaipur, the prestigious annual awards ceremony Sawai Jaipur Awards which is held every year was organized virtually this time on the evening of 22 October.
On this occasion, the book “Bubbles: A Biography of Brigadier H.H. Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh MVC, of Jaipur” was launched by Rajmata Sahiba Padmini Devi and Princess Diya Kumari.
The Royals have also embraced the new normal amid the pandemic by bringing the awards to social media for the first time. It was no less than a virtual extravaganza! It was worthwhile to hear again about the glorious tales of our rulers and their exceptional qualities on which the categories of the Awards were based on. People from around the world got a glimpse of the royalty and grandeur of Jaipur with The Sawai Jaipur Awards.
The Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II Museum Trust gave awards in 24 categories. These awards recognized and felicitated those who demonstrated exceptional skills in various fields like preservation of heritage, medical science, sports, traditional crafts, literature & education, among others. Each awardee received a replica of the silver urn placed at the Sarvatobhadra Chowk of the City Palace, citation, a shawl, and cash.
The awards given for outstanding work in various fields along with the winners:
Raja Dulha Rai Award for Social Work Akshaya Patra Foundation
Raja Kakil Dev Award for Excellence in Preservation of Heritage and Architecture Dr. Shikha Jain
Raja Pajvan Dev Award for Excellence in the Field of Medicine Dr. Subrata Banerjee
Raja Bhagwant Das Award for Excellence in Traditional Crafts Mr. Gopal Saini
Raja Mansingh I Award for Bravery Martyr Col Ashutosh Sharma
Mirza Raja Jai Singh I Award for Distinguished Service in the Armed Forces Major Gen R S Shekhawat
Mirza Raja Ram Singh I Award for Excellence in Ecological Balance and Improvement in Environment Wildlife Institute of India (WII)
Maharaja Vishan Singh Award for Excellence in Travel & Tourism Mr. Upendra Singh Shekhawat
Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II Award for Excellence in the Field of Astronomy and Related Sciences Pandit Dr. Kedar Sharma
Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh Award for Excellence in the Field of Journalism Rashtradoot Newspaper (Arbit)
Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I Award for Outstanding Contribution in Development and Enhancing the Image of Rajasthan in India & Abroad Rajasthan Association of North America (RANA)
Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh Award for Excellence in the Field of Literature and Education Mr. Bhanwar ji Bhanwar
Maharaja Sawai Jagat Singh Award for Excellence in Art, Painting & Sculpture Mr. Bajrang Lal Suthar
Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II Award for Excellence in the Field of Photography Mr. Surendra Singh Chouhan
Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II Award for Excellence in the Field of Theatre, Film & Television Mr. Pramod Bhasin
Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II Award for Excellence in the Field of Sports Mr. Anantjeet Singh Naruka
Marudhar Kanwar Award for Distinguished Services in MSMS II Museum Trust & JPC Trust Mr. Sheodana Ram Kumawat Mr. Rohitashw Singh Tanwar
Kishore Kanwar Award for Excellence in Performing Arts Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt
Rajmata Gayatri Devi Award for Women’s Excellence Ms. Laila Tyabji
Sawai Bhawani Singh Award for Excellence in the Field of Business and Industry Shree Cement Limited
Rajmata Padmini Devi Award for Excellence in Loyal & Disciplined Services to the Royal Family of Jaipur Smt. Saraswati Smt. Madan Kanwar Shri Ashok Kumar
Princess Diya Kumari Award for Achiever in any Field Shri Moti Singh Rawat
Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh Award for Young Achiever in Sports Ms. Avani Lekhara
Princess Gauravi Kumari Award for exemplary achievement in start-up/ innovation/invention with social impact Dr Sunita Bundas
If you have missed the Sawai Jaipur Awards 2020, watch it here:
We all have learnt in school about our kings & queens and their never-ending tales of bravery and valour. We all have been impressed with the importance of the royal family. Haven’t we all been for once royal admirers?
We bring you a step closer to the glorious past and stories of our mighty rulers! After all the coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping the Sawai Jaipur Awards from felicitating people for their commendable contribution. It will take place this year despite all the odds, but as a virtual extravaganza!
Every year, it recognizes the people who have contributed to society through their excellence in various fields. But, this year is a little more special with unveiling BUBBLES, a biography of Late His Highness Brigadier Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh MVC, of Jaipur. It will bring back fond memories to those who knew the Maharaja personally, and will inspire definitely the young!
There are 24 categories ranging from preservation of heritage, achiever in sports, medical science, bravery, excellence in traditional crafts, and much more. The name of the awards are based on erstwhile to present rulers of Jaipur and the categories are based on their qualities. Starting from Raja Dulha Rai Award for social work to Rajkumari Gauravi Kumari Award for a person with exemplary achievement in innovation with social impact; Sawai Jaipur Awards will honour individuals and organizations for achievements in their respective fields.
Witness the Royal Virtual Award Ceremony on the official Facebook & YouTube page of MSMS Museum.