Jaipur Forhex Fair – 2013

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The handicraft exporters and buyers/ delegates interested in handicrafts from within the country and abroad shall experience the marvels of Handicrafts and explore the unique world of Handicrafts from Rajasthan. The Forhex Fair starting from August 15 to 18, 2013 at B.M Birla Auditorium open Ground shall serve as an opportunity in Jaipur to come closer to handicrafts fraternity and interact with the members, some of them are nationally renowned.

To add more grandeur in the Fair the committee would also organize Craft Vision on 16th August Night to honor the talents of the trade coupled with entertaining performances by renowned celebrity or group.

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Teej Festival concludes with beautiful colors

Teej Procession

Along with enjoying the monsoon showers and relishing Teej’s sweet delicacies such as fini and ghewar, those who thronged the Teej festival organized by the Department of Tourism also posed for pictures and clicked each other. The firang tourists, of course, were delighted. 

Showcasing the charm and culture of Rajasthan, the two-day monsoon fest kicked off with the traditional Teej procession led by decked up elephants, musical bands, chariots and folk performers in the walled city.

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The procession of the Teej Goddess began from the Tripoliya Gate and was the major attraction as the tourists got to see a little bit more of the traditional festival. Between trying to capture each and every moment of the procession on their cameras, the tourists also sampled the sweets and looked about at the items on sale at the Crafts Mela at JKK’s Shilpgram. This mela was done on the lines of a village fair, and had handicrafts shops with colourful ware, folk performances, elegantly decorated swings and, of course, the food court.

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Bringing diverse music on the same platform, this mela also showcased the refined classical music of India with artistes like sufi singer Sonam Kalra, Kuchipudi dancer Shalu Jindal, and singer Vidya Shah performing at the Jawahar Kala Kendra.

Teej celebration with cultural activities in Jaipur

Teej festival

Teej festival

The traditional Sawan Teej Festival will be organized from August 07 -11, 2013 in Jaipur. Other than the traditional procession of Goddess Teej, the Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) will once again be the hub of a large number of folk and cultural events this year.

The traditional Teej procession with all its regal pomp and pageantry, will start on 09 August at 6 pm from the Tripoliya Gate (City Palace), winding its way through Tripolia Bazar and Chhoti Chaupar, Gangauri Bazaar to wind up at the Chaugan Stadium. The procession will also take place next day at the same time.

There is an enthusiastic wave of cheer and happiness among the tourists, the travel fraternity and the local populace due to the participation of 30 elephants as a special feature of the traditional Teej procession unlike last year’s ban on their use during the festivals.  The event will be led by an elephant which will carry the symbol. It will be followed by a mélange of cultural performances likes Kachhi Ghodi, Gair, Kalibaliya and chakri dances. The procession will include: a cannon carriage, bullock carts, horse baggi, decorated rath, horses and camels. A number of bands will also accompany the procession.  The sawari of the Goddess Teej will be almost at the end followed by chobdar.

Besides, the folk and cultural performances at JKK will begin from August 09, 2013 from 07.00pm onwards. On the first day there will be a performance by Shalu Jindal (Kuchipudi dance) followed by Vidya Shah (Sugam Sangeet). Next day, on August10, 2013, the visitors will be able to witness the well known Sufi Singer Sonam Kalra. On August11, 2013, will be folk music by Malini Awasthi followed by performances of the Rajasthani folk artistes.

A food and craft mela has also been organized from August 07 to 11, 2013 (from 2 pm to 10 pm) at Shilpgram in JKK. While visitors will be able to enjoy the ethnic Rajasthani food there will also a cultural bonanza by way of folk performances. A wide variety of handicrafts will also be available for sale.

Organized by the Department of Tourism, arrangements have been made for the tourists to photograph the procession from the terrace of the Hind Hotel opposite Tripoliya gate.

Art Gallery on Wheels.. soon in Jaipur

Soon, a van displaying artworks of well-known Rajasthani artists will be touring various cities of Rajasthan.

Art Gallery on Wheels

Often when someone wants to see a work by some well-known painter, a fancy art gallery is the only place where they can go. However, soon, artworks and masterpieces by famous Rajasthani artists will be on display… on a vehicle! Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, in a bid to promote art in remote areas, has bought a van. This gallery-on-wheels will be equipped with modern facilities like an LCD projector and will travel to different cities and places where there are no art galleries, to host art exhibitions.

The van has a display area where almost 30 paintings can be displayed at a time, and the LCD projector is meant to screen art films and documentaries on artists. a wide collection of artworks by various artists will even be put up on display in other states as part of the exchange programme.

New Tiger cubs spotted at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

Close on the heels of the birth of some new cubs at the Ranthambore tiger reserve in the recent past, there are some more good news in store.

A trap camera caught three new born cubs recently at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. This has been possible due to creation of conductive habitat for tigers and conservation measures. The photo here shows the tigress T26 (Sharmelee) with her cub in the Mai Dang region which is her territory. The cub seems to be about three months old. This photograph was taken through a camera trap installed by the forest department. Though the photograph shows only one cub the evidence of more cubs is being verified through camera traps and pug marks.

Sharmili with cub

Pug marks of a cub have also been seen with T11 (Chiroli tigress) in Chiroli area as well as a cub was seen with a tigress in Bakola area.

Seems the coming safari season has a lot of offer – more exciting pictures, frivolity of little cubs and some real action from the big cat family of the Jungle!!

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