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A Walk Through The Royal Abode | Jaipur Beat

Jaipurites, we all have seen the City Palace from outside but has it intrigued you how would a walk around the home of the royals be like? Well, we decided to explore the sections of the charming palace and share it with you!

Jaipur narrates its history as a breathing capital of Rajasthan embraced by the illustrious patronage, culture, architecture, performing arts and craft. Founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the new capital of Jaipur was unique for its urban planning & vision. With a perfect embodiment of the bygone era beautifully balancing with modern developments; magnificent palaces, special pink facades, vibrant markets, exquisite handicrafts, and colorful festivals, Jaipur continues to celebrate the splendor of its majestic past.

Poised in the middle of Jaipur, the world famous City Palace complex is an integral part of the walled city. Built by the Kachhwaha ruler of Amer – Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh II, the 18th century Palace glorifies the magnificence of Jaipur’s heritage with its courtyards, gateways, temples and gardens. Characterized by a series of dedicated galleries and museums that offer a grand view of Jaipur’s flamboyant heritage, the City Palace Complex reflects the magnitude of its historical importance and monarchy. A site of living tradition, the City Palace continues to be the home and pride of Jaipur’s Royal Family. 

Take a walk around the opulent sections of the City Place with us!

  1. The Mubarak Mahal is one of the last princely additions to the City Palace, and was completed in 1900. The magnificent double-storeyed building was used to welcome special guests to the royal palace. Islamic, Rajput and European elements of architecture and ornamentation have been assimilated in this building. Today it houses a splendid textile gallery, and some offices of the Museum.
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  1. The Sileh Khana building covers the story of the arms and armoury of the kingdom of Dhoondhar. Now a gallery, you can see a range of exquisite but deadly weapons, including swords, daggers, guns, and more on display here.
  2. The Sabha Niwas, also known as the Diwan-e-Aam, is a Public Hall of Audience that has been used by successive Maharajas. The Durbar and important official ceremonies would take place here. This was also where His Highness Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II took oath as the first Raj Pramukh of the newly constituted State of Rajasthan in 1949.
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4. The Sarvato Bhadra, an airy pavilion, open on all four sides, except for small rooms at each corner, is a Rajput architectural innovation. Several rituals and celebrations, including the Dussehra Pooja, and Makar Sankranti festival, happen in this courtyard. On display in the Sarvato Bhadra structure are the world’s largest silver urns, the Ganga-jalis. Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh the second took the Ganga-jalis with him to England in 1902, as a way to maintain his ritual purity, when he travelled across the seas to attend the coronation of King-Emperor Edward the seventh of Great Britain.

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5. Pritam Niwas Chowk is the inner courtyard of the City Palace. It has four smaller gates, each themed around the four seasons and dedicated to a particular Hindu God.

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Peacock Gate: The northeastern peacock gate represents autumn and has a small idol of Lord Vishnu on its lintel.

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Lotus Gate: The southwestern gate is adorned with dramatic lotus petals and flower patterns. It represents summer and Lord Shiva.

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Rose Gate: The winter season is showcased by this gate. Filled with repeating rose patterns, it is dedicated to Goddess Devi.

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Leheriya Gate: The Leheriya (waves) gate is on the northwest side of the courtyard. It is green in color, indicating spring and dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

While exploring these landmarks, you will notice that many of their doorways are singular in character; be it the imposing gateways with intricate frescoes at the entrance or the smaller, nondescript doors inside the palaces. Each gate has a role to play and a story to tell. In City Palace, they reflect the influence of Mughal, European and Indian Shilpa Shastra styles.

6. Govind Dev Ji Temple is an epitome of pure devotion and exquisiteness. Surrounded by manicured gardens, spectacular chhatris and fountains, the marvelously textured temple is situated in the City Palace Complex.
Built-in 1735 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh II, the temple is amongst the seven temples of Vrindavan Thakur, who is one of Lord Krishna’s forms, Govind Dev ji. Swarmed by a great number of devotees and tourists each day, the calming temple of Govind Dev Ji allows the visitors to witness its tranquil surroundings and experience its powerful aura.

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Hope you enjoyed this royal walk around the City Palace Jaipur!

PS- Jaipur Beat is thankful to MSMS II Museum Trust for giving us the access and permission to photograph and also for each and every detail shared in this blog.

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These Museums tells the lore of Jaipur’s Yore!

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY

Every year 18th May is celebrated as International Museum Day. Each year a theme is chosen, and this year the theme is ‘Cultural Hubs: The Future of Traditions’. And we all know, Rajasthan and culture go hand-in-hand. The museums in Jaipur bring history to life and contributes significantly to a tourists’ experience of visiting the city.

Jaipur, the chromatic city it is, has numerous museums expressing heritage, culture and eminent lifestyle of maharajas. Amongst them are Albert Hall Museum, City Palace’s MSMSII, Doll Museum, etc. Apart from these world-famous ones, a few new museums have come up in the Pink City that carry the heritage of different art forms in their shelves, which many of you might not be aware of, but fret not cause we’ve got your back. Read till the end if you don’t want to miss on any of these.

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Albert Hall Museum

The oldest museum of Rajasthan dating back to 1887. The building is situated in Ram Niwas Garden outside the city wall opposite the new gate. Designed by Samuel Jacob, assisted by Mir Tujumool Hoosein and named after King Edward VII, the museum has a rich collection of artefacts including paintings, jewellery, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, and works of crystal. The collection includes coins from the Gupta, Kushan, Delhi Sultanate, Mughal and British period.

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The museum is open Wednesday-Monday (Tuesdays closed) from 09:00 a.m. – 05:30 p.m. and then reopens 07:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Today, on the occasion of World Museum Day, tourists will get free entry to the Albert Hall Museum. There will also be a traditional welcome for them. In the evening from 7.30 to 9.00 pm, a cultural evening will also be held.  The entry to the programme and the museum will be free of cost in the evening as well.

The City Palace Museum

City Palace, the gem in the crown of Jaipur was established at the same time as Jaipur by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. City Palace comprises of several courtyards and galleries. The galleries of the museum are a quintuple with Sabha Niwas, the main hall of the audience which is a chromatic and opulent mix of serene paintings, military medals and polo trophies, murals and chandeliers.

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Next in the line is the Textile Gallery on the ground floor of the Mubarak Mahal, displaying various kinds of textiles and fabrics and a rare pashmina carpet from 1650. Sileh Khana is the armour gallery showcasing multiple arms used by the Kachhwaha Rajputs of Jaipur and Amber. Painting and Photography Gallery exhibits art from the eighteenth- and nineteenth century.  Lastly, the Transport Gallery features pre-motorized transports from the era of maharajas.

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City Palace Museum is open throughout the week from 09:30 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.

 

Doll Museum

Museums have always been a boredom time for most of the people but this one will be on your lists of favourite be you’re a kid or an adult. Doll Museum is a significant tourist destination, with dolls from various parts of India expressing the culture of its diverse states in different attires and accessories.

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One can also find dolls from other parts of the world like Germany, Mexico, America, Sweden, Afghanistan, Britain and many more. The museum is located 4 km outside the walled city, opposite the new gate and can be easily reached via buses, e-rickshaws or cab services.

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The museum is open Wednesday-Monday (Tuesdays closed) from 09:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.


Jaipur Wax Museum

Jaipur Wax Museum is located at Nahargarh Fort, which is built at the highest point of the Aravalli Hills. The wax museum entails some of the exquisite life-like wax statues of celebrities and members of the royal family designed by highly skilled local artisans.

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Apart from the wax statues a section of the fort has been exclusively renovated into Sheesh Mahal, which comprises of 2.5 million of glass pieces of diverse colours and floral motif made out of 23-carat real gold, blends of gems and jewellery along with a vibrant chandelier hanging from the ceiling. Do visit if you want to experience yesteryear of Rajasthan’s glorious heritage.

Wax Museum is open throughout the week from 10:00 a.m. – 06:30 p.m.

Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing

Anokhi Museum of hand printing, dedicated to the art of block printing, is situated at the restored Chanwar Palkiwon Ki Haveli in the shadow of Amber Fort, down the street of Amber. The museum has won a UNESCO award for ‘Cultural Heritage Conservation’ in 2000. Anokhi Museum orates the sensitive state of the block printing industry facing a serious struggle in today’s modern era of consumerism, through the edification of a variety of programmes for backpackers of every age. Anokhi is continuously working towards the education and awareness of hand block printing for its visitors where the visitors are given a block-printing demonstration to sensitize the people towards this receding art.

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If you are an eager art-lover and yearn to learn about the craft of it, then a visit is quintessential. Anokhi is open on Tuesday-Saturday (Mondays closed) 10:30 a.m. – 05:00 p.m. and on Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 04:30 p.m.

Rajasthan Rural Arts Program (RRAP) Music Museum & Hub 

We all love melodious, vibrant and energetic Rajasthani music. The RRAP Music Museum and Hub is all about that unique, quirky and eccentric vibe. The museum is dedicated to promoting, disseminating, conserving, and repositioning the folk music traditions of Rajasthan.

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The museum through its exhibitions, outreach programs, residencies, workshops, and diverse events, provides visitors with a gateway to the many different folk music cultures of Rajasthan. Jaipur’s only folk music museum is a new edition and a must visit for all the music enthusiasts, where you can witness the words and sounds passed through generations of our rural communities, meet the musicians still playing today, and see their remarkable handmade instruments expertly crafted from traditional knowledge.

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Location-Krishna Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur.

The museum is open on Wednesday-Monday from 11:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

Extended hours on Saturday till 08:00 p.m.

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Celebrate International Museum Day at RRAP Music Museum and Hub, Jaipur, with free admission and free guided tours.  Come learn of the past, present and future of our living musical Rajasthani traditions.

Museum of Gem & Jewellery 

Jaipur is known for its fine gem cutting and polishing inclusive of carvings, bead-making and manufacturing of objects d’art. Museum of Gem & Jewellery Jaipur was established in 2015, with the objective to promote trade of gem and jewellery, preserving the valuable objects of historical and national importance and a medium to educate the society about gems and jewellery.

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The museum aims to mark a positive image and earn global goodwill and pride for Rajasthan.

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The beautifully handcrafted crown was used in the film Taj Mahal by actress Negar Khan which is now gifted to the museum

It is located at the Rajasthan Chamber Bhawan, MI Road and is open throughout the week from 10:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

Amrapali Museum Jaipur

Amrapali is a globally renowned, coveted luxury jewellery brand. The heritage jewellery house launched its very own museum in Jaipur, showcasing the breathtaking collection which is unique by its nature and by the manner it was collected. Amrapali Museum Jaipur aims to display traditional silver jewelled arts of India reflecting the ‘everyday’ life of the people of India and holds about 4000 astounding artefacts collected from all over the country.

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Their collection is larger than life and will make you run out of words. The eye-candy of museums is located at the Ashok Marg, C-Scheme, Jaipur, and is open for the visitors on all days of the week from 11:00 a.m. – 06:30 p.m.

Gyan Museum, Jaipur

Established in 2015, Gyan museum is a signature design by Paul Mathieu, showcasing the assemblage of the naturalist, collector and gemologist Late Mr Gyan Chand who was a patron collector of the cultural genre.

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Gyan Museum depicts a cultural heritage of about 3000 years and has in possession over 2500 work of executive art both of Indian and Foreign origin. It holds articles like textiles, metal art, gorgeous antique jewellery and vintage paintings from the 17th century – rarest. So all the aesthetes get out of your house and visit this place, this museum day. Gyan Museum is open on Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.

Sanjay Museum, Jaipur

A father loves his child, the story of Sanjay Museum is an example of a father’s love for his son. Dating back to1954 when the Founder Chairman Ram Kripalu Sharma was struggling to get his book published but couldn’t do so for the want of resources. This led to setting up of ‘Sharma granth Sangrahalaya’. The museum embodies collection, conservation, preservation of art and heritage. Along with that, the museum is home to hundreds of handwritten manuscripts and various antique artefacts.

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Location- Opposite Jal Mahal, the museum is open for the art-lovers and tourists throughout the week from 09:00 a.m. – 05:30 p.m.

Museum of Legacies

Museum of Legacies has opened recently and is situated in the heart of the city (Kishanpole Bazaar). The museum is a four-story building, having five primary galleries. It exclusively exhibits the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan with a diverse collection including textiles, jewellery, stoneware and inlay work, painting and pottery. Apart from these galleries, there is a space dedicated to two larger than life puppets that represent the much-adorned traditional art of Rajasthani puppetry. It’s a must visit for all the art lovers. The museum is open on Tuesday-Sunday (Mondays closed) from 12:00 p.m. – 08:00 p.m.
So, which museum you are going to explore today in Jaipur on International Museum Day?

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A Day Through Jaipur’s Walled City Market

No matter what transport you choose to reach the walled city market, but once you step out of it, a gush of local air filters through you and gives you the major feels of the city. From the street vendors all around trying to sell you ethnic jewellery, clothes, toys, bed sheets, handkerchiefs, edibles and what not, to the truly colourful shops loaded with Jaipuri jootis, block print and leather handbags, wedding outfits, vibrant Jaipuri lehengas and much more- the markets of Jaipur are truly engaging.

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Stroll through with a heart full of patience and excitement and you’ll surely find yourself drooling over the local delicacies including the famous Kachoris, Samosas, Mirchi vadas retrieved from the piping hot oil and put on little paper serving plates.

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Moreover, after you have had a long day of discovering the lanes of the walled city market, you can finally binge on the Rajasthani delicacies for dinner like Dal Baati Churma, Gatte ki sabzi, Laal Maas, and Ker Sangri.

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Further, while you stand right in front of the Palace of Winds, the legendary Hawa Mahal, you’ll realise that there actually are 953 windows in it. Located in the midst of the market and surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the city, the place has an enchanting significance to it, which would surely lure you into seeing it inside out.

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You can further explore the local culture and the colours of Jaipur with the local market that offers Jaipuri leather items, junk jewellery, Jaipuri block print dresses and bedsheets, quilts, handicrafts including blue pottery items and traditional kathputlis, mirror work items, and much more.

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On the other hand, you may dive into Hindu spirituality with temples like the renowned Hanuman temple, the Govind Dev Ji temple and Garbh Griha.

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Next, when you have crossed through the booming traffic, the metro construction taking place at Badi Chaupad and the loud yet prismatic market, you are finally ready to enter the gates of the truly magnificent City Palace of Jaipur, which was once the abode of the royal Rajput rulers. For years and years, Jaipur has celebrated its legacy of having inherited this beautiful monument that presents itself as Jaipur’s crown.

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Witnessing the grandeur of living and lifestyle of Jaipur’s royals at the City Palace Museum, you’ll be taken back in time with the treasures of the bygone era. From the enticing Chandra Mahal to the mesmerizing Peacock Gate, Lotus Gate, Green Gate and Rose Gate; City Palace just never fail to bewitch you with its beauty.

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While you take away Jaipuri clothes, quilts, jooties and jewellery as souvenirs for your loved ones away with you, the most beautiful things you take along would still be the sights of the vivid liveliness of the city.

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5 Must Know Facts about City Palace

The City Palace, Jaipur is one of the most admired and finest attractions among the places to visit in the Pink City. With an organized layout of large courtyards, perfectly manicured gardens, and magnificent mahals, the palace is still a home to the royal family of Jaipur.

It houses beautiful amalgamation of Mughal and Rajput architecture and narrates the city’s glorious historical past which can be seen at the major attractions of the City Palace, thus making it a perfect sight for every history enthusiast and photographers.

While making a trip to Jaipur, make sure you reserve a day to visit the corridors of the City Palace and live a day like the royals!

Royal History

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Located in the heart of the Pink City, the City Palace has been the official residence of rulers of Jaipur. It was built in accordance with the Vastu Shastra, under the guidance of Sawai Jai Singh II by two renowned architects- Vidyadhar Bhattacharya and Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, depicting the fusion of Rajput, Mughal and European architectural styles.

Story Behind The Gates

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Inside the City Palace, the Pritam Niwas Chowk houses 4 gates where each has a different role to play and a story to tell. These gates represent four seasons and Hindu gods and goddesses. The Peacock Gate with motifs of peacocks represents autumn and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Lotus Gate have continual flower and petal pattern representing summer season and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati.  The Green Gate is suggestive of spring and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Lastly, the Rose Gate with repeated petal pattern represents winter season and is dedicated to Goddess Devi.

Magnificent Structures inside the City Palace

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The legendary City Palace is said to comprise one-seventh of the walled city of Jaipur with temples, edifices, courtyards, gardens and a museum. Some major attractions include Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Mubarak Mahal, and Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum. Diwan-I-Khas, decorated with plush chandeliers was once a private audience hall of the royals is now an art gallery. Interestingly, the hall also features two huge sterling silver vessels which are officially recorded as the world’s largest sterling silver vessels.

The City Palace Museum

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The City Palace Museum which is now called Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Museum houses largest and finest collection of arms in India. It includes- swords, double-edged cutters, daggers, knives, axes and arrows of various shapes and sizes. The sword of Maharaja Man Singh that weighs about 5 kilograms is one of the attractive exhibits. It also has a vintage collection of baggis.  One of the major attractions is Victoria Baggi which was gifted by Prince of Wales to the Maharaja in 1876. Also on display are the mahadol, a palanquin with a single bamboo bar that was used for carrying the idols of Hindu gods during festive processions.

A Royal Abode to the Royal family

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The Chandra Mahal is a seven-storied cream-white structure, sumptuously adorned with unique paintings and floral decorations with mirrored walls and ceilings. It has screened balconies and a pavilion at the roof from where a panoramic view of the city can be seen. It is set amidst well laid out gardens and a decorative lake in the foreground. At present, the royal family resides in the Chandra Mahal.

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World Tourism Day: What’s Up in Jaipur today?

If there are days like ‘Mondays’ that we hate, there are days like Anniversaries that we love and always look up to.  Likewise, there are some notable commemorative days that government observes and celebrates with a purpose to raise awareness of issues that are of national interest.

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Well, we are going to talk about one such special day i.e. ‘World Tourism Day’ celebrated every year on September 27 which is today. This day is meant to recognize the importance of tourists and tourism industry across the globe.

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The Department of Tourism of every state is doing something on this occasion to foster awareness about social, cultural, political and economic values of tourism, so is Rajasthan’s.  The Hon’ble Minister Tourism, Art & Culture, Ms Bina Kak graced the celebration of the World tourism Day by inaugurating the website of ‘Rajasthan State Archives Department’ yesterday. The website displays more than 35 lakh historical documents of erstwhile princely states and the state’s history.

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For today, a number of events are lined up in the city to delight tourists.
There is going to be a bonanza of Rajasthani folk music and dances for music lovers at the open air theatre in Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) in the evening.

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During the day, a photography exhibition on heritage tourism will also be displayed at the JKK. Besides this, there are going to be performances of folk dancers, shehnai and nagada players at Jaipur’s most prominent and ancient museum i.e. Albert Hall, astronomical observatory which is Jantar Mantar and the beautiful fort, Amer fort during the day.

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Not just this. The foreign as well as domestic tourists visiting Jaipur today will be distributed tourism literature and will be accorded a warm welcome by being garlanded at Albert Hall, Jantar Mantar, Amer fort, Tourism Reception Centre, Air Port, Railway Station and the Bus Stand. To add, there is a free entry to all museums and heritage structures today.

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When so much is happening in our Gulabi Nagari on World Tourism Day then why not be a part of its celebrations. Right ?

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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.