Kanota Library and Museum Inaugurated

The Kanota Library and Museum was  inaugurated yesterday i.e on January 30, 2013 by Maharaja Gaj Singh and Princess Diya Kumari. The museum was inaugurated today by the Maharaja who was the Chief Guest of the ceremony and Princess was the Guest of Honour.

Built in 1892 by Thakur Zorawar Singhji, Castle Kanota stands amid over 8 acres of land and features this museum and library displaying a collection of rare books within its premises. The Museum and Library is now open for tourists.

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Pic: Maharaja Gaj Singh and Princess Diya Kumari looking around the General Amar Singh Kanota Library and Museum in Jaipur. The museum was inaugurated today by the Maharaja who was the Chief Guest of the ceremony and Princess was the Guest of Honour. Prithvi Kanota is also seen in the picture.


Jaipur International Film Festival Begins from Today


The Jaipur International Film Festival, world’s fastest growing film festival, is held every year now for 5 days. However, considering the chain of cultural activities happening in Jaipur during the tourist season and due to Film Market plans it has been decided that the festival would be organized this year from January 30th to 3rd February, 2013.

Launched in January 2009, Jaipur International Film Festival – JIFF became expanding establishing name in organizing world film festival every year in Rajasthan Pink City of Jaipur in India.

And now Jaipur is having an honor of organizing World’s Fabulous Red Carpet award ceremony on February 03, 2013.  The programme highlights are are Award ceremony, Celebrity Ramp walks, World premiere, Cultural programme, Anchor slot, Fashion Show and Gala Dinner at the BM Birla Auditorium- Jaipur.

Brij Festival

Brij Festival

The Brij festival in Rajasthan takes place every year prior to the festival of Holi. Starting from February02 – 04, 2013, Brij festival is dedicated to lord Krishna who is believed to have spent a considerable time of his childhood at a place called Brij. The festival is yet another occasion for the villagers to be proud of the rich Indian culture and mythology.

Brij Festival

The festival sees villagers splashing colours on each other and painting their houses in different and bright colours. The major highlight of the festival is the dance called Raslila which it is said was performed by Krishna and Radha in moments of deep intimacy and affection. The sight of villagers performing this dance in traditional attires is extremely pleasing. The sound of folk melodies and songs is a treat to the ears.

Kumbhalgarh Festival

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Festival is the place where India’s finest classical musicians, artists and renowned dancers assemble and give their best performances. Among the highlights of this festival includes the dance performance by local artists which get full encouragement and applaud by the audience as well. Some games like musical chairs and tug of war are also organized for young children.

The festival is mainly divided into two sections, one in the day time and other at evening. In the daytime, there are folk performances by the folk artists of Rajasthan with some amazing competitions for tourists. Evening in Kumbhalgarh is impressive and the explosion of sound, lights, colours and dance multiplies its beauty many times.

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Historical place Kumbhalgarh gets more popularity through Kumbhalgarh Festival starting from January28 to 30, 2013. If you are visiting Udaipur, Kumbhalgarh or nearby areas, don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this fun filled festival.

The Dalai Lama to attend Jaipur Literature Festival

dalai lama

This year the Nobel Peace Prize laureate his Holiness the Dalai Lama will honour the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival 2013 with his presence. “Literature has played a major role in my life,” the spiritual leader said. “Since childhood, reading has been of great importance to me and I am often reminded of the immense kindness of the scholars of the past who translated a vast array of Buddhist literature into Tibetan. I look forward to attending the Jaipur Literature Festival and meeting people writing and reading today.” The Festival is scheduled to take place from 24th to 28th January 2013 at Diggi Palace, Jaipur.

The Dalai Lama’s visit would be a prelude to discussions and readings on the theme ‘The Buddha in Literature’.  Today Buddhism is a way of life for many people around the world. The internal journey of awakening and personal evolution is mirrored in the literature, art and cultural practice of Buddhism. Our sessions on ‘The Buddha in Literature’ are a tribute to the way of seeing and knowing taught by the Buddha.”

Festival Co-Director William Dalrymple said, “I am thrilled by the extraordinary programme on the Buddha and literature put together by my colleague, Namita Gokhale. At Jaipur we have a long tradition of studying the confluence of the two great streams of Indian literature and spirituality. Up to now, we have concentrated on the Sufi and Bhakti traditions; now we have the pleasure of wandering through the rich pastures of Buddhist literature. The presence of the Dalai Lama is a particular honour for the festival and a delight for me personally.”

The mornings at Diggi Palace will witness Buddhist devotional songs by Chukie Tethong and Tenzin Norbu, chants by the DrepungLoseling monks and hymns by Ani Choying.

To know more about JLF 2013, visit this website jaipurliteraturefestival.org.

National Amrita Haat begins at Jawahar Kala Kendra-Jaipur


The week-long National Amrita Haat began today at Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur. Starting from January 19 to 27, 2013 the exhibition will showcase a variety of products manufactured by women’s self-help groups from various States.

Products such as handloom and terracotta items, handicraft goods, artifacts, marble products, artificial jewellery, incense sticks, designer candles, clothes with zari work, paper mache items and decorative objects are on display at the Haat in a rural setting.

pickles and Jams

Pickles, Jams, sauces, papad, spices and a wide range of food items prepared are also available for sale. Besides, saris and clothes from different States will be special attractions for visitors to the fair.

Musical Events at Jaipur Literature Festival 2013

DSC Jaipur Literature Festival promises a musical treat to delight its audience from 24th Jan to 28th Jan 2013. The Music program will begin every morning from Jan 24th at Diggi Palace.

Musical Events at JLF
The Music stage this year has an independent venue and has moved to the Clarks Hotel Lawns. World music performers from India, Spain, USA, U.K, & France will come together to celebrate the festival each evening from 7.30 – 10.00pm.

Morning music session will be hosted at Diggi Palace prior to the opening session each day. An array of musicians including Ani Choying, Sonam Dorji & the Drepung Loseling Monks will perform each morning. A special tribute to Faiz will be presented by Zakia Zaheer, Sayeeda Hamid and Rene Singh.
The strong and rustic throw of power packed musician and performers in the evening music sessions will make the starry night glitter.

24th January 2013 | 7 – 10 PM

Susheela Raman and the Mian Miri Qawals – UK, India and Pakistan- 

Susheela Raman, Rajasthani band featuring Kutle Khan, Nathoo Solanki and Sam Mills will join forces with the mighty Mian Miri Qawals to open the first evening of festival.

Susheela Raman

Vincent Segal and the Master Musicians of Rajasthan – France and India

Vincent Segal from France and the Master Musicians of Rajasthan will blend their tunes together to create a magical tryst.

25th January 2013 | 7.30 – 10 PM

Rock Veda – India

A Delhi based progressive Fusion Band, will coalesce the natural emotion of Indian Classical music with a creative contemporary mix, belting out scintillating& heart hitting original compilations for music aficionados – Sufi to earthy music and from Hindustani to fusion Music.


26th January 2013 | 7:30 – 10 PM

Coke Studio @ MTV – India

Coke Studio @ MTV will usher a heady combination of Folk, Jazz, Sufi and Contemporary music, reinventing the way music captures our soul. Papon and Shilpa Rao will surely take the audience’s breath away.


27th January 2013 | 7:30 – 10 PM

Chicago Children’s Choir – USA

Chicago Children’s Choir, a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization from U.S.A, will present a Concert Choir. As a touring ensemble, the Choir has performed throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa,Korea, Japan, South America and Europe and for dignitaries  such as Bill and Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and  Archbishop Desmond Tutu .


Folk Songs (Punjabi & Hindi): Harpreet

Harpreet who is a classically trained vocalist, a self-taught guitarist and flautist will entertain through Punjabi and Hindi folk songs. He has performed at many popular festivals and prominent stages, and has composed music for theatre productions, documentaries and short films.

Joaquín Ruiz “Caravana” – Spain

A flamenco dancer from Spain, Joaquín Ruiz, will come with “Caravana”, a new musical live show interlaced with Mediterranean sounds, Arabic and Balkan melodies, Iberian and South American folklore.

Morning Program:

Audiences will also discover a more serene experience as the Buddhist music will be the key component in the morning sessions. Buddhist Chants by Drepung Loseling Monks, Buddhist Hymns & Chants by Ani Choying and Buddhist Devotional Songs by Chukie Tethong & Tenzin Norbu will make every dawn more soulful and spiritual.


Sonam Dorji, the master musician, vocalist, and composer who plays several instruments native to Bhutan and India, will captivate the audience with his music of Bhutan. International audiences know Sonam through his soundtrack contributions to the acclaimed Bhutanese film, Travellers and Magicians (2004) and his appearances at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

Faiz Ka Manzoom Safar, a poetic journey through the life of the famous poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz in his own poetry through the medium of recitation and music will be presented by Syeda Hameed, Zakia Zaheer & Rene Singh.

The tickets for evening music sessions are priced at RS 300 per person and are available at the website


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