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Soak Into The Colourful Festival Of Gangaur With Shahpura, Near Jaipur

Rajasthan boosts not only in its history and heritage but its beauty reflects in its sparkling deserts, monuments and colorful festivals. On this note, we will take you to one of the most beautiful festivals of RajasthanGANGAUR, which truly embodies the spirit of diversity.

Shahpura Gangaur

Gangaur is one of the most colorful & auspicious festivals of Rajasthan – celebrating spring, harvest & marital fidelity. While ‘Gana‘ is another name for Lord Shiva, ‘Gaur‘ symbolises Gauri aka Parvati, his wife, also an epitome of marital bliss. The 18-day festival is observed by both married & unmarried women where they fast, women dress up in red bandhani sarees and turban clad men worship the clay idols of Isar & Parvati.

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When the bright skies have ushered in the festive season of spring, the remote town of Shahpura, located 65 km from the capital Jaipur, came culturally alive when the pious deities of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata were regally taken around the streets and worshipped with vigour & devotion by both men and women.  The Shahpura Gangaur Festival, hosted at Shahpura Haveli was organized by Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation in association with the Rajasthan Tourism Department and Jaipur Beat was a part of it.

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On the day of Gangaur, the celebration began with the married & unmarried woman; all dressed in colorful Rajasthani attires worshipped idols of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata at the Shahpura Haveli. It was a spectacle to see the idols being gloriously taken to Rawla Moti Mahal, where the great Gangaur Mahotsav was organised. The major attractions of Shahpura Gangaur Festival were the cultural performances of local artists & folk musicians of Rajasthan, several kinds of regional nritya (dances) like Mayur, Nritya, Masak Nritya, Behpang Nritya, magician performance, horse show, and other traditional games & competitions. Artists from various parts of the country namely Udaipur, Deeg, Jodhpur, Haryana, Punjab performed magnificently oozing talent with their euphonic tunes and twinkle toes. The royal family of Shahpura also participated in the festival. The Rani Ratna Kumari Foundation Trust, which works for the upliftment of the downtrodden sections of this small village of Shahpura also felicitated the local artisans in a ceremony.

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The grand procession of Isar Maharaj & Gangaur Mata began with all its regal pomp and pageantry at 5 p.m. from Rawla Moti Mahal. Both men & women could be seen beaming in colors of Rajasthan.  The procession passing through the vivid markets of the town, encompassed horses, camels, traditional folk dancers, brass bands from Punjab, lancers etc. along with the pious deities of Gangaur Mata ji and Bhagwan Isar ji Maharaj, finally converging at the newly restored Gopinath Temple. The town was seen teeming with both foreign nationals and domestic tourists rejoicing the festivities.

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Celebrated with great pomp and show, Shahpura Gangaur Festival gave visitors and tourists a spectacular opportunity to observe Rajasthan’s magnificent culture from close quarters. We are already waiting for next year to witness such a splendid event in a all its royal glamour. Are you?

 

 

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6 Events in Jaipur You Must Attend This July

A new month is upon us with new events, new plans and yes a completely new taxation system. We, the people of Jaipur, might take some time to adjust with the GST but when it comes to events we hardly need any time to get ready and join the latest happenings in the town. Therefore let’s get ready to check out what does month of July has in store for us (wishing that it includes lots of rain). 🙂

 

1.) Saat Phere – The luxurious wedding fair Saat Phere will host its next season in the month of July and will showcase a fabulous assortment of wedding products and services through a range of designers,startups and celebrated brands. For all those who are looking forward to a wedding should definitely attend this one for some early shopping.

Date: 7th – 8th July 2017

Venue: Shakun Hotelsaat phere2.) Honestly Speaking with Amit Tandon – The famous comedian will soon be in the city to tickle your funny bone. The comedian, Amit Tandon, also known as – The Married Guy, has made a huge place for himself in the standup comedy circuit and has a lot of fans around the country. The lovers of standup comedy must not miss this event.

Date: 9th July 2017

Venue: Maharana Pratap Auditoriumamit tandon3.) Aspiration – New tax or old tax, we are not going to stop shopping especially when we have a lifestyle exhibition coming up in Jaipur. On 10th and 11th of July, Aspiration – a lifestyle exhibition, will host its yet another fashionable edit with many brands.

Date: 10th – 11th July 2017

Venue: SMS Convention Center aspiration4.) Shubham Rakhi Exhibition – One of the most popular exhibitions in Jaipur, Shubham Rakhi exhibition is back. According to the astrologers Jaipurites may experience a long shopping spree this month as we hardly know anyone who has been to this exhibition and come back empty handed. 🙂

 

Date: 14th – 15th July 2017

Venue: Birla Auditoriumshubham5.) Neha Kakkar Live Event – All the music lovers rejoice as the voice behind ‘london thumakda from Queen’ and ‘Kar Gayi chull from Kapoor and Sons’ , Neha Kakkar, will be soon in Jaipur to give a live performance.

Date: 16th July 2017

Venue: SMS Investment Groundneha kakkar6.) Adaa – In order to increase your shopping bill, Adaa, a lifestyle exhibition, is coming up with a range of designers in fashion, jewelry and décor segments. You are going to see some fresh and amazing brands at this exhibition.

Date: 18th -19th July 2017

Venue: Holiday Inn adaaHappy Shopping! 🙂

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5 Events To Attend In Jaipur In May

It’s the month of May, one among the hottest months in Jaipur and it’s high time that we involve in some fun activities or events to take our mind off the heat. So here are a few fun events that the city of Jaipur is about to host in the month of May. 🙂 The events line up for May has something for everyone in the city, be it youngsters, entrepreneurs, music lovers and especially for mothers.

1) Music in the park – Music in the Park at Central Park will host the legendary Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia Ji who will be here to pay a musical tribute to to Kishori Amonkar Ji. This is an amazing opportunity for all his fans to see him perform live in Jaipur at Central Park. We are sure you will not miss this one. 🙂

Date: 4th May, 2017

Venue: Central Park, Jaipurmusic park final2) Entrepreneur Café Jaipur Meet Up – All the budding entrepreneurs in Jaipur, get ready for an interesting conversation with Amit Deep Kumar, Co-Founder, KhanaGaDi.com, a mobile app that works as food delivery aggregator for railway passengers and is based in Jaipur. Khanagadi has received many awards & raised an undisclosed amount from 50K Ventures. In an informal session you will get to learn the story of how Amit & his team made it big. The meet up is based on the concept of ‘Buy Your Own Coffee’. So grab your cup of coffee and get to learn some entrepreneurial tricks.

Date: 4th May 2017

Venue: The Good Times Café, Jaipur  entrepreneur cafe - final3.) Zakir Khan Stand Up Comedy – People of Jaipur get ready to host, one of the funniest stand up comics in our Country, Zakir Khan. 🙂 We all have listened to his gigs on you tube and it’s time to see him perform live. Zakir Khan, who is not only a famous comedian but an amazing poet too, will soon be performing for the people of Pink City.

Date: 6th May 2017

Venue: Deep Smriti AuditoriumZakir_Khan_Comedian_India.png3) HASAO KABHI HAVELI PE #2 – Who doesn’t enjoy a hearty laugh and here’s your chance to laugh out loud with Hasao Kabhi Haveli Pe. Organized by Jaipur Komedians, the second session of this open mic comedy is sure to tickle your funny bone.

Date: 7th May 2017

Venue: Flavors, Malviya Nagar, Jaipurflavors4.) Yoga for my mom – If you haven’t yet planned anything for your Mother’s Day then don’t worry. Yoga is here to save the day. Gift your mom the benefits of Yoga this mother’s day and become her hero. In honor of ‘Mother’s Day’ a free yoga session has been organized at Central Park. So get ready to present your mom with amazing health benefits.

Date: 14th May 2017

Venue: Central Parkyoga for my momHope these events will help you keep your mind off the heat.

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5 Events You Must Not miss This Weekend in Jaipur

Being an ever entertaining city you can never guess how much Jaipur has in store for you. 🙂 Apart from the in numerous entertaining hangouts in Jaipur, the city keeps coming up with many events and exhibitions that entertain people and also bring the best of everything, from across the nation, to the pink city. Here is a list of events that are going to keep you busy this weekend and in the upcoming week.

Rajasthan Real estate Expo’17 – The state chapter of the national real estate organization, CREDAI, has rolled out its yearly real estate expo that has the biggest names in real estate of Rajasthan showcasing huge variety of residential and commercial projects. For all those, who are looking for a property, this exhibition is the place to be as it brings together all types of property in every range available across the city. The home seekers should definitely not going to miss it.

Date: 21st April – 24th April

Venue: Ambedkar Circlereal estateGITB – The Great Indian Travel Bazaar is here with yet another edition of a world class buyer seller meet with focus on inbound tourism. The event will be instrumental in improving significant transaction and capitalization of business opportunities between International buyers and Indian sellers. More than 2000 delegates are expected to be a part of GOTB 2017. The event will surely be fruitful for sellers from Jaipur.

Date: 23rd April – 25th April

Venue: Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centergitb finalLagan Mandap – One of the most famous wedding and lifestyle exhibition is back with various brands in clothing, jewelry, wedding management and all other things that you require for designing a perfect wedding. 🙂 For years Lagan Mandap has been creating unique, traditional, fun and personalized wedding experience.

Date: 21st – 22nd April’17

Venue – Holiday Inn Jaipurlagan mandap
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– The leading actress of Bollywood and a yoga enthusiast, Shilpa Shetty will soon be here in Jaipur to teach yoga to people of Jaipur. For those, who consider fitness a priority, this event is a must attend.

Date: 22nd April

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Bollywood Music Festival – Bollywood Music Festival is a festival that celebrates music by bringing together some of the best Bollywood singers, Iconic Bands and India’s best Dj’s. The Bollywood enthusiasts of the city are in for a treat as they will get to hear some of their favorite singers and musicians play for them.

Date: 30th April

Venue: the Heritage Valley, Jaipurbmf So get ready and tell us which one is your pick for this weekend. 🙂

 

 

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10 Events in Jaipur You Must Not Miss In April

Here comes April, which marks the beginning of a new financial year. However, April is not just about a new financial beginning, it’s a whole new month of events, exhibitions and celebrations. As the new collections hit the stores be ready to shop for your new wardrobe. At the same time, we bring to you many new exhibitions and other events, where you can shop and have a great time with your friends and family.

1.) Colorstrokes –  Colorstrokes, a popular fashion and lifestyle exhibition is here with its summer edition. Get ready to check out the latest collections by designers from Jaipur and other cities, who will showcase amazing collections of clothing, accessories and handicrafts.

Date: 1st April – 2nd April

Venue: Diggi palacecolorstrokes2.) NU Hub – NU Hub, a one stop solution for all your healthy food requirements, is all set to open up at C-Scheme, Jaipur. Now you can eat as much as you want without worrying about those extra calories.

Date: 2nd April

Venue: Landmark building, Ahinsa Circlenu hub3.) Aamelia Exhibition – The ultra luxurious Aamelia exhibition is here to keep your wardrobe glamorous as ever. Renowned designers from Lakme Fashion Week and India Fashion Week will be here to present their collections at the exhibition. Don’t forget to visit here and pamper yourself with all the shopping.

Date: 3rd April

Venue: Shahi Bagh, Rambagh Palace.aamelia4.) TattletalesFashion, Design, Food and Music are the key features that define this event. The 3rd edition of this amazing and fun exhibition, promises triple the fun and many activities & performances.

Date: 7th April – 8th April

Venue: Grand Uniaratattletales5.) Shakespeare Comedy Theater Festival – Featuring some of the biggest names in theater industry like Ranveer Shorey, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak and many more, Shakespeare Comedy Theater festival comes to Jaipur. The city is set to see performances: Macbeth: what is done is done and Hamlet – The clown prince, at the festival.

Date: 9th April

Venue: B.M. Birla Auditoriumshakespeare6.) The Tale Tellers @ Oven the bakery – A bundle of interesting tales await you at this event being organized at Oven the Bakery. If you enjoy listening to tales and also love to spin one of your own, then this is the place for you.

Date: 9th April

Venue: Oven the Bakerytale tellers7.) Jaipur Komedians Open Mic – Now, who doesn’t love to sit and relax while the best of comedians perform and tickle your funny bone? Jaipur gets an opportunity to be a part of an amazing stand-up comedy event and get a dose of laughter, the best medicine.

Date: 14th April

Venue: Celebraziocelebrazio8.) Maahi Roj 5th Edition – While we all celebrate different events of life it is important that we do not forget to do our bit for sustainable living. Maahi Roj, an event by Anantaya, focuses on sustainable living and promotes the same through Interactive Workshops, Heritage Walks, Inspiring Talks and Cultural Tours, in order to create an understanding about how we can pay tribute to Planet Earth.

Date: 14th April

Venue: Narain Niwasmahi roj9.) Lagan Mandap wedding and lifestyle exhibition – One of the city’s best wedding and lifestyle exhibition is here again with the best of fashion. Lagan Mandap showcases a dedicated wedding collection in clothing, accessories, venues, catering and other things related to wedding. It is  a one stop solution for all of you, who are planning a wedding.

Date: 21st April – 22nd April

Venue: Holiday Innlagan mandap10.) Rajasthan Real estate Expo – One of the most important element of a beautiful life, your home, is exactly what this event focuses at. Hosted by CREDAI Rajasthan the event will have the leading real estate developers and the their projects, showcased at the event. All you need to do is come to the event and leave with the dream home of your choice.

Date: 21st April

Venue: Ambedkar Circle, Jaipur  real estateGet ready for an eventful April 2017.

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Grand Opening of ‘Rajasthan Festival’ 2017

The ‘Rajasthan Festival’ began with a grand cultural extravaganza choreographed by none other than the well-known Director and Playwright, Bhanu Bharti. More than 300 hundred folk artistes from the State and all over the country gave a scintillating performance. The event was organized by the Department of Tourism today at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.cultural perforThe Governor of Rajasthan, Shri Kalyan Singh was the Chief Guest of the event. The Special Guests for the event were the Sports Minister, Shri Gajendra Singh Khimsar and Minister of State for Tourism, Smt. Krishnendra Kaur (Deepa).inaugarationThe 110-minute programme included Mass Band display by Army, Air Force as well as Rajasthan Police. The songs performed  by the bands were; Dharti Dhoran RiPal Pal Dil ke Paas and Jaha Dal- Dal Pe by Rajasthan Police Central Band; Vande Mataram, Chak De India, Jai Ho by Air Force Band, Pallu Latke Hai, Classical Kathak , Medley of Hindi songs like, Mere Sapno Ki Rani by Army Band and Sare Jahan Se Acha by combined performance by all the three bands.mass performancePerformances included Shiv Mudra (Nagpur) followed by dance sequence — Chakhri, Gair, Chari, Dhapchang, Dhamaal (Haryana), Paika (Jharkhand) and Mewasi (Gujarat). These performances were presented to the tune of Langa Mangiyaar. Other performances on the occasion were include – Bhadoi Shikla (Assam), Kathak Jaipur and Chhabeli Dance(Uttarakhand), Lai Haroba (Manipur). The performance will conclude with Holi Dance by contingent of all artistes.cultural

cultural perThe Rajasthan Divas Torch was brought by winners of the ‘Rajasthan Day Marathon’ from the Divisional Headquarters of the State. It first reached Ambedkar Circle and then Amar Jawan Jyoti and finally at the SMS Stadium where the Chief Guest and special guests lighted the Festival Cauldron. The evening also saw the finals of the ‘Rumal Jhapatta’ and Tug-of-War as a part of the Rural Sports Competition.rural competition

rumal jhappta ruralDuring the opening day festivities the divisional tableaus were displayed at Janpath along with folk performances on both sides of the road. Grand fireworks display was also a part of the exciting programme.

Jaipur Kathak Samaroh at Central Park

The 2-day ‘Jaipur Kathak Samaroh’ began at 8 pm at the Central Park. The Chief Guest for the occasion were the Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, Art & Culture, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. N.C. Goyal. There were performances of ‘Devi Stuti’, ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’, ‘Chaturang’ and ‘Thumri’. While ‘Devi Stuti’ and ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’ were presented by Jaipur Kathak Kendra under the direction of Dr. Rekha Thakar; ‘Chaturang’ and ‘Thumri’ were presented under the direction of Harish Gangani from Shri Ram Bhartiya Kala Kendra.jaipur kathak‘Devi Stuti’ showcased the victory of good over evil when Goddess Durga slaughters Asur. This was followed by ‘Kesariya Balam Padharo Mhare Desh’. The performance presented the moods of the women of Rajasthan. A part of the lives of these women go through separation when their heroes go abroad and fight in war. kathak jThe performance showcased how beauty emerges from the various activities that the women do when their men come back from war, like getting dressed up, get excited and involve themselves in auspicious activities around the house.

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5 Events to Watch Out For in Jaipur at the end of March

The month of March is about to end on a very high note in our city, Jaipur. Given that the end of this month also marks the foundation week of the state of Rajasthan, we will definitely get to see an array of amazing events being held in various places in the city. 🙂 But that is not all, along-with it the month has some other amazing events lined up for the citizens of Jaipur. Jaipur Beat brings to you the best of these events.

Urge – In a yet another edition of the lifestyle exhibition, Urge, you are sure to find the latest collection in clothing, décor, accessories, gifts & trousseau. Urge is one of the most popular exhibitions in Jaipur and if you haven’t been here earlier do visit it this time as many designers from Jaipur and outside the city will be there to display their unique and exquisite collections, which are not readily available otherwise.

Date – 23rd & 24th March

Venue: Holiday InnUrge exhibitionA Call from the Past – Fo all the movie buffs of the city, Sukhnidhey Films are coming up with a wonderful short film titled, ‘A all From The Past’. It is the story of an artist, who is confused about his art and the purpose of his life. How a call from the past helps him with his quest, will definitely be fun to watch.

Venue: Kalaneri art Gallery

Date: 24th March   a call from the pastBlockbuster Zumba Edit – Tonique studio is soon to host a blockbuster Zumba edit at Pink Moustache. For all those who are looking forward to burn those extra calories this is the place to be. In this 90 minute edit the attendees will get a chance to burn calories while they do some Zumba dance moves on Bollywood numbers, probably the best way to reduce weight. So what are you waiting for, book a spot and join the party.

Venue – Pink Moustache

Date – 25th March  zumbaGangaur Festival – One of the most awaited festivals of Jaipur,Gangaur festival celebrates the divine bliss of Goddess Parvati. Women and young girls of the city dress up and adorn their hands with Mehendi and perform Gangaur pooja on this day. A very beautiful procession is carried on this day, in the city, which starts from city Palace. Dance performances are followed throughout the procession. For those who have never been a part of this procession it is time to live this moment by participating in this procession. Date: 30th March – 31st March

Venue: City Palacegangaur3Rajasthan festival – This year the Rajasthan Festival marks the 68th year of Rajasthan’s Foundation. Definitely everyone is looking forward to this amazing event, which will have rich cultural activities to celebrate the foundation day of our state. Among other performances the event will see, rural sports along with cultural performances at SMS Stadium, Jaipur Kathak Samroh at Central Park, and exhibition at Jawahar Kala Kendra . the event will begin on 27th March and will see a grand closing on 30th March.

Date: 27th March – 30th MarchvidhanNow get ready for an amazing and festive month ahead. 🙂

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Pink City To Host, Mika Singh & Badshah

With Jaipur becoming the first choice for incredible events, we are soon to witness the most amazing musical event that will grace the city this March. Lately we have seen events like Rajasthan Heritage Week, Jaipur art Summit, Jaipur Literature Festival and Ranthambore Festival taking place in the state, all of which were, in one way or the other, related to Culture and arts. Adding to the list of these events, Jaipur will soon host singers Mika Singh & Badshah at Latlong Jaipur, presented by Emars Event.

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Now that the biggest names in the music industry: Mika Singh, Badshah & DJ Chetas, will be in Jaipur on 7th March’17 for the live concert,it is time that you take out your dancing shoes and get ready to groove to their tunes.

Singer, song writer and composer Mika Singh who has charmed us with his hit numbers like, Bas Ek King, Jugni & Mauja hi Mauja, will definitely be a treat to watch, as he performs live for Jaipur.

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The Indian rapper, Badshah, who rose to fame with the song, Saturday Saturday, will be a part of the musical event and his presence is sure to add a lot of energy to the concert.

As if this was not enough, Latlong will also host DJ Chetas, king of remixes. We are sure that we so much happening at one place, Pink City Garden & Resorts, the people of Jaipur are sure going to have a surreal experience.

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Whether you are a fan of these performers or simply want to be a part of this rocking night and have a good time, all you need to do is, log on to book my show. To learn more about the event you can log on its Online Media Partner, Jaipur Beat.

Date: 7th March

Time: 6:00 P.M. onwards

Venue: Pink City Garden & Resorts 

To Buy Tickets: https://in.bookmyshow.com/events/latlong-jaipur/ET00052166

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India Stone Mart’17 Paves The way for Sustainability In The Sector.

‘India Stone mart’

On February 2nd the 9th edition of the ‘India Stone Mart’ was organised by Centre for Development of Stones (CDOS) with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as co-organizer. Rajasthan State Industrial Development & Investment Corporation Ltd. (RIICO) participated in the event as the Principal Sponsor of the event.

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Mr. Rajpal Singh Shekhawat – Chief Guest

The chief guest for the occasion Mr. Rajpal Singh Shekhawat said about the event, “Sustainability in the stone sector can be achieved through technological advancements, value addition and judicious excavation”. 

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The Minister further added that the need of the hour was to increase the value of exports as well as value addition. This was possible with the use of latest technology in mining, processing and stone crafts.  Furthermore, the adoption of technical up-gradation will not only help in resource mapping but as well as in reduction of mining and processing waste. He said the theme of the Stone Mart this year ‘Stone for Sustainability’ was most apt and the location of Jaipur was also most fitting given the number of famous monuments it has.

Mr. Shekhawat urged the trade of the stone sector by saying that GST will play a positive role in promotion of industry in the country. There was no need to fear the implementation of the proposed tax system. The event also witnessed participation from many visitors from the industry.

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The stone sector in India, the Minister said, was robust with 30% in total world production of 166 million tons of raw stone. It was also the 4th largest exporter of stones with around 9.2% share. Furthermore, it was largest producer of marble, sandstone and serpentine (green marble) in the world. The Indian stone sector, he said, is growing at a steady rate of 15% per annum and has a huge employment potential with direct and indirect employment of over 50 lacs. Similarly, Rajasthan too accounts for 90% of marble, kotastone, and sandstone production in India besides prominent position in slate and granite.

 

 

On the occasion the Minister also gave away ‘All India Stone Architectural Awards’ in different categories and released the Exhibitors’ Directory of the mart.

 

 

‘All India Stone Architecture Awards’

The 8th edition of the ‘All India Stone Architecture Awards’ was also held during the inauguration of the India Stone Mart today. The awards were given away by the Industries Minister, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Rajpal Singh Shekhawat. The winner-architects received a cash prize of Rs. 1.00 lac each in four categories. Under the category ‘Exterior Facings’ – Girish Dariyav Karnawat for the project “Toda Mangra House in Rajsamand”; for ‘Interior Design’ – Changan Suravarapu and Kavita Khatry for the project “Corporate Office for VRV Cryogenics in Chitoor; Green Architecture – Sanjay M. Patil for the project “Farm House at Mahiravani in Nashik”; A ‘Special Jury Award’ was given to Hemen C. Sanghvi for the project “Kalaraksha Artisan School in Kutch”.

In all we can say that India Stonemart’17 has definitely paved up the way for sustainability in the stone industry.