Women from Barmer

Women from Barmer Rajasthan creating Mandna Jaipur
Few Shots from a Mandana Art camp and Competition at Shilpgram, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. Over 80 participants took part in the Mandana Art Camp and showcased their talent in making traditional Mandana. Apart from students and artists from the city, as many as 22 women hailing from Barmer attended the art camp.

Valeria Barbas Artist from Moldova

Valeria Barbas Artist from Moldova
Met Valeria Barbas Artist from Moldova today at "International Women’s Art Camp", Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. She was creating an artwork to spread awareness about the coronavirus. In conversation with me she told about the problems she faced to come to India and the chaos that is happening all around the world because of this coronavirus.

Rambagh Golf Club Platinum Jubilee celebrations 2019

Rambagh Golf Club Platinum Jubilee celebrations 2019

3 days “Rambagh Golf Club Platinum Jubilee celebrations 2019” Concluded on 22-Dec-2019 Sunday. The main attraction of the game was Dr. H.S. Kang with a score of 71 form Chandigarh. Team Saisha Skoda was the winning team with 209 points and the team members were Pratap Singh, Anas Shamsi, Dhairya Jain and Prithviraj Singh Rathore. The runner up team was PM Rungta Foundation with a score of 193 points and the team members were Rahul Choudhry, Kamran Shamsi, Vinay Godha and Neeraj Lakhi. The match was followed by the prize distribution ceremony by Mr. Yogendra Singh Shekhawat the Captain of Rambagh Golf Club Team and on behalf of Cosa Nostraa Mr. Tanuj Vijay presented the award to the Best player of the Tournament Dr. H.S. Kang  and to the runner-up Anas Shamsi.

About Rambagh Golf Club.
The origin of the Rambagh Golf Club dates back to October 1944 with its history steeped in Royal Background. Rajmata Gayatri Devi of Jaipur is the Founder & Life-long Captain of the Club. After she returned from Gulmarg in October 1944 from a holiday where she got keen on playing golf, she asked permission of Late His Highness to lay a Golf Course on the Rambagh Palace grounds for which he readily agreed. With the help of seasoned golfers an interesting Golf Course was laid. The Fairways were rough & full of Burrs that would stick to players shoes & socks, the browns were true & good.

As remembered by Rajmata Sahab there were four regular foursomes & a couple of twosomes to start with but as time passed more & more people wanted to learn to play Golf and so Mr. H. Duckworth, a professional golfer from Calcutta, was invited to coach them. He was asked to pay special attention to Mr. Gul Mohammed, who had just been employed as a professional.

Post Independence the Club was run on a shoe-string budget but with the Tourism Department, Government of India committing itself to supporting & sponsoring Golf, a sizeable financial input was made available to the Club. Thereafter there was no looking back. Lt. Gen. Himmeth Singh, Sh. Yatinedra Singh, Sh. P.C. Maheshwari, Maharaj Sultan Singh, Sh. S. C. Mehta, Sh. Kishal Lal, Sh. Madhukar Chaturvedi, Thakur Pushpendra Singh, Sh. Vikramaditya Singh, Sh. Kamlakar Sharma, worked with missionary zeal, selfless devotion & meticulous planning in the development work on the Golf Course.

The Club is now affiliated with the Indian Golf Union and has hosted a number of IGU Tour Tournaments.

Rambagh Golf Club is an 18 Hole challenging championship course with Par 70 Yardage-6303 (SSS 70). The Golf Course is playable all round the year and due to its central location is reachable within 15 minutes even from the Jaipur International Air Port.

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Meha Jha Kasliwal

Meha Jha Kasliwal
Shot of Meha Jha Kasliwal taken at "SHINJINI" Mudra's annual dance festival which held at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. on the eve of 7th Dec'2019.

Katha Ballet

Rachana Yadav Kathak Studio
"Katha Ballet" a four day festival of Kathak-Ballet started at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur on 1st Dec 2019 Sunday with "Aaradhya" a beautiful presentation by Rachana Yadav and her Group from Delhi.

Kathak on Jaipur Foundation Day

Radhika Mohta as Krishna and other students of Dr. Swati Agarwal.
Radhika Mohta as Krishna and other students of Dr. Swati Agarwal.
A Beautiful performance of Kathak by Dr. Swati Agarwal and her Students at Govind DevJi  Temple today, on the occasion of 'Jaipur Foundation Day'.

Uncharted Seas by Aditi Mangaldas

Uncharted Seas by Aditi Mangaldas
Aditi Mangaldas with her students of Drishtikon performed “Uncharted Seas” Contemporary Kathak Dance performance at the Spicmacay Jaipur Festival “Music In The Park” on the eve of 9-Nov-2019.

I was thinking what to say about the performance other than that it was Brilliant. I saw her first performance ‘Widening Circles’ on 11-Dec-2016 that performance had left a big impression on me and I was keen to see her performance again. After approx 3 years got the chance and it was fantastic. When you see these types of performances you feel and understand how much effort would have been put behind the entire show. These efforts make your show stand out and tell the difference of professionals from amateurs. It doesn’t look good to talk about the age of “girls” but at this age the energy and performance of Aditi Mangaldas Ji was mind blowing. I would say this to all Kathak or Dance lovers that don’t ever miss the chance to witness her performance. 

About the Uncharted Seas from the Choreographer of Uncharted Seas Aditi Mangaldas.
“In the words of David Bohm, ‘The field of the finite is all that we can see, hear, touch, remember and describe. This field is basically that which is manifest or tangible. The essential quality of the infinite, by contrast, is it’s subtlety, it’s intangibility.’ The search for the intangible, may we call it God, truth, beauty, love or freedom, is the essence of UNCHARTED SEAS. Though I have separated the pieces, it is actually the entire production viewed in it’s entirety that tries to capture the essence of ‘SEARCH’. So each piece may or may not refer to all our queries. Some attempt to transform poetry into images or emotions. Others use abstractions of movement, light, space, rhythm, ambience to evoke images asking the same questions.”

Below are few Images from the performance. 

Pondicherry A big NO by Me.

Pondicherry A big NO for Me.

A Big NO To Pondicherry or Puducherry whatever you call it.

Yes you read it right, from childhood I had listen and read many stories about Pondicherry, Saw some beautiful movies shot in Pondicherry and always had a dream to go there once. But all those Dreams shattered as I entered the Pondicherry. 

Pondicherry is very very small place, it is 492 square kilometer or you can say 20 X 24.6 Km including everything, it ends before it starts (Just for your reference Goa is 3,702 square km). It is a Poor Union Territory with no Development visible if compared to the other states of India. The Local people are good but it is surrounded by Tamil Nadu. People from Tamil Nadu come to Pondicherry for cheap Booz and create nuisance and crimes. This is the reason why this place is not even safe. 

I with my wife and kid had stayed in Puducherry for 5 days and had tried Ola and Cab from Make my Trip. Drivers from both the services were Pathetic, Rude and Cheat. I am not saying that everyone there is like that but the four Drivers I came in Contact in first four Days were like that only and had spoiled the fun and feeling of the trip. Then I searched the Google and found “Udaya Tourist Cab Rental”, he had very good ratings so I called Mr. Udaya. I inquired about a site seeing package with drop at Chennai he said 4500 which was 1000 bucks more for what other people had asked for same package. Then I told him about my situation he understood and assured me of the Professionalism of Driver and cleanliness of cab and I booked him. Which turned out to be a good decision. For a simple decent service which we get most of the time in North India on the basic fare only but to get that also in Pondicherry we have to pay premium. Even after reading this you decide to go to Pondicherry with family then book cabs from here.

There is not a one good tourist attraction here, believe me I am a photographer and loves taking pictures but even after visiting all the Tourist Points here I had not even bothered to bring out camera from my bag (below you will see lot of pictures but they are of my Resort, Room and from the Life at the Beach in front of my resort). 

In the name of French Architecture there is just one and a half small street and that’s it. In the name of French Bakeries in Pondicherry you will find one good spot "Baker Street" and that’s it. I found Coromandel Cafe interesting but its bit on expensive side.

So on the whole you have nothing to do in Pondicherry except relax at your resort and stroll on the beach. On the Name of Beach Resorts there are very few of them and most of the Beaches in front of them are Dirty. The Best Beach Resort in Pondicherry is “Le Pondy Beach Resort” which is obviously very expensive. They had kept their personal staff to clean the beach in front of their property.

So we stayed 4 nights at Luxury Pool Villa of Le Pondy Beach Resort which saved my trip. If we didn’t even had the property and beach in front of it to enjoy then surely we would have had a very very bad trip. But on the whole saved by the Luxury Pool Villa and Beach area in front of Le Pondy Beach Resort.

On the whole Pondicherry is big No by me.

Caution - People will say that they had enjoyed Pondicherry or they had enjoyed this resort or that resort of Pondicherry. Don’t forget to ask them in detail 99% of them had just had a brief visit to Pondicherry and rest of the time had enjoyed the Big and Beautiful beach Resorts “Near” Pondicherry which are not in Pondicherry. For example “Taj Fisherman's Cove Resort & Spa” is famous as the Pondicherry resort but in reality it is near Chennai and 2hr 30min away from Pondicherry.

Below I am posting pictures as I took them . . .  

All the Pictures are from
Camera - Canon EOS M50
Lens - EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Deepawali or Diwali in Jaipur.

Street Shot at Deepawali time in front of Sarga Suli, Old City Jaipur. 23-Oct-2019
Street Shot at Deepawali time in front of Sarga Suli, Old City Jaipur. 23-Oct-2019

Albert Hall Museum, Jaipur

Albert hall Museum, Jaipur.

Albert Hall Museum is a museum in Jaipur city. Albert Hall is the oldest museum of the Rajasthan and functions as the State museum. The building is located in Ram Niwas Garden outside the walled city opposite New gate or Chaura Rasta. The foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid by Albert Edward The Prince of Wales on 6 February 1876 and from there only Abert Hall got its name. The building was designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob and it is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Maharaja Ram Singh initially wanted this building to be a town hall, but his successor, Madho Singh II approved it as a Museum by the suggestion of Dr. Thomas Holbein Hendley 

The artefacts that had been collected from several parts of India and from around the World, were merged and shifted to the Albert hall Museum. The Albert Hall was completed and was opened for public in 1887 as a museum. The museum has a rich collection of artefacts like paintings, carpets, ivory, stone, metal sculptures, colourful crystal works etc. Albert Hall is a very picturistic place from inside and outside both. I will Highly Recommend this place for all the Tourists who visit India and jaipur.

Lokrang - Post Updated.

Siddhi Dhamal Folk Dance From Gujarat at LokRang Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Siddhi Dhamal Folk Dance From Gujarat at LokRang Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

23rd International 10 days Lokrang Festival Makes a Comeback at Jaipur after Three Years.

Lokrang Festival of Folk Dance was inaugurated on Saturday 11th Oct 2019 at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. The festival will last for 10 days till 20th Oct 2019. The Daily performances will start at 7 in the evening and will last for approx 2hr. Up till now the event had free entry but this year 30Rs has been charged on day to day basis as entry ticket. Some of the Performances are just great but some are Disastrous also. But overall it’s worth your time and must watch if you like Folk dances and stuff.

Mr.Ravan @ Jaipur

Mr.Ravan @ Jaipur
Mr.Ravan @ Jaipur

Subho Bijoya

Subho Bijoya Dashami With ‘Sindoor khela' - people bid farewell to Maa Durga.
Subho Bijoya Dashami With ‘Sindoor khela' - people bid farewell to Maa Durga.

Rain Damaged Effigies of Ravan

Rain Damaged Effigies of Ravan
Today's rain just a day before Dussehra damaged the ready effigies of Ravan and hit the livelihood of more than 300 craftsmen engaged in effigy making of Ravan in Jaipur.

Dhunachi Dance

Dhunachi Dance Durga Puja Jaipur
Durga Puja @ Jaipur

Preparations for Durga Puja

Preparations for Durga Puja
Sculpting of idols of goddess Durga continues in full swing, making artisans busy, as preparations are happening to celebrate the upcoming Durga Puja.

Shot taken at Durga Bari, Jaipur.

Malavika Sarukkai

Malavika Sarukkai Bharatanatyam
14-Sep-2019 Central Park, Jaipur.

Beautiful Bharatanatyam performance presented today by Malavika Sarukkai as part of “Music & Dance in the park” series, organized by Spic Macay, J.D.A. and Tourist Department in collaboration.

Malavika Sarukkai is an Indian classical dancer and choreographer specializing in Bharatanatyam. A 2002 winner of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, she was honoured by the Government of India in 2003 with Padma Shri.

Rowdy Shekhawat

Rowdy Shekhawat
Rowdy Shekhawat Back in Town.

A day after Ganesh Visarjan.

A day after Ganesh Visarjan.
Morning shot taken at Sagar, Jaipur a day after Ganesh Visarjan ceremony. 

Ganpati Visarjan

Ganpati Visarjan
Shot taken today at Jal Mahal, Jaipur as the ceremony of Ganpati Visarjan was going on.

Saberi Mishra, Exponent of Jaipur Gharana.

Saberi Mishra, Exponent of Jaipur Gharana.
Shot taken on 5-Sep-2019 at the Beautiful Kathak recital by Saberi Misra at Jawahar kala kendra, Jaipur. She represent the Jaipur Kathak Gharana. With her on Tabla was Pt. Rajkumar Misra, Harmonium & Vocals by Ramesh Mewal and on Sitar was Pt. Hariharsharan Bhatt.

Happy Independence Day.

Happy Independence Day.
India will celebrate its 73rd Independence Day on 15th August, 2019. Though India unofficially got its independence on July 18, 1947, however, 15 August was officially decided because of Lord Mountbatten. He chose this day because this day was also recognized as the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces in World War II.

India is a huge country and only "Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission" holds the right to manufacture the Indian flag and allocates it to any regional groups. The "Karnataka Khadi Gramodyog Samyukta Sangha" in Dharwad is the one and only licensed Indian flag maker. By law, the only material to be used for making flag is ‘khadi’. Flying a flag made of any other material is punishable under law with three years imprisonment and a fine.

August 15 is celebrated as Independence Day in not only India but also in five other countries – Bahrain, North Korea, South Korea, Liechtenstein and Republic of Congo.