Scintillating Performance at the Army Pageant.

Scintillating Performance at the Army Pageant.
Horse Trick Riding at the Army Pageant and Air Force Show.
Jaipur, 29 March: As a part of the ongoing celebration of ‘Rajasthan Festival’, Army Pageant and Indian Air Force Show was held at JDA Polo Ground today. The event was organised by Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan. The Home Minister, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Gulab Chand Kataria was also present on the occasion.

The two-hour long Army Pageant began with the Welcome Song (Army Symphony Band) with Band March Past, Helicopter Fly Past and Para Motor Fly Past. This was followed by AIR Warriors Continuity Drill. Amazing equestrian coordination was showcased in the following Horse Trick Riding show which was performed on music by Army Symphony Band. Next, there was Para Commandos show which included – Slithering, Hostage Rescue, Free Fall Demo, Small Team Insertion and Extrication (STIE) and Artillery Gun Drill. This was followed by Kerela style, Kalaripayattu Martial Arts Display by the Madras Regiment Centre. Next, there was a Para Motor Show and a Motorcycle Display by ‘Tornadoes’. The program concluded with Mass Pipes and Drums Display which also included Drummer’s Call. There were also several songs performed by Army Symphony Band in between the different programs.

Jaipur Kathak Samaroh as the part of the Rajasthan Festival 2017.

Jaipur Kathak Samaroh as the part of the Rajasthan Festival 2017.
The view of the ‘Jaipur Kathak Samaroh’ today at the Central Park in Jaipur.
Jaipur, 27 March: The ‘Rajasthan Festival’ began today with a grand cultural extravaganza. The 2-day ‘Jaipur Kathak Samaroh’ began at 8 pm at the Central Park. The event was organized as the part of the ‘Rajasthan Festival’. 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.

‘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. The 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.

Pankhudi - Petal

Pankhudi - Petal
Shot taken on 17 March 2017 at the premises of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. where last minute decorations for “NAVRAS, a Performing Arts Festival” were on its way.

J.K.K. Presents the Second Edition of ‘NAVRAS’, a Performing Arts Festival.

Shot taken on 17 March 2017 at the premises of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. where last minute decorations for “NAVRAS, a Performing Arts Festival” were on its way.
Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. is set to host the second edition of its performing arts festival, Navras. Spanning over a period of 9 days from March 18 to 26, the festival will present a series of rich and diverse productions of theatre, contemporary dance and Sufi, classical, pop and fusion music.  The varied programme has been put together, keeping in mind the interests of the audience.  

The idea, is also to give the audiences the chance to experience the arts and its impact in a range of spectacular spaces within the JKK premises.

The festival will open on 18 March with a performance by noted singer Shubha Mudgal and her band Koshish. Equally at ease with popular music and fusion projects, Shubha Mudgal is one of India’s acclaimed vocalists who has specialised in Hindustani classical music.

The days that follow will witness many artistic presentations including dance productions - Ganapati by Adishakti and Timeless by Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, theatre productions – Kaumudi by Abhishek Majumdar and White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour, and music – sufi Kalam by Zila Khan  and classical by Shruti Sadolikar and Vidya Shah.

The premier of Phool Kesula Phool, a theatre production commissioned by JKK and directed by Rajasthan’s bright talent Rajendra Panchal will also be hosted during the festival. Last year JKK had invited proposals from theatre directors of Rajasthan and  Panchal’s proposal  was selected out of 40 such proposals. JKK will also be presentingTilchattey ki Diary, a play for children that was also commissioned in summer 2016. 

Key to this year’s programming is a shift from proscenium based theatre.  In an attempt to introduce the audience to alternative viewing strategies, several experimental productions have been invited to Navras.  For example, inWhite Rabbit Red Rabbit there is nothing between the actor and the audience – no directorial vision, no production design and no technical histrionics. The script is handed over to the artist on the stage and s/he then has to improvise and make it interactive; Dil -o- Danish, a long durational reading of Krishna Sobti’s celebrated novel about Delhi and the Ganga-Jamnitehzib of the city will be held in a specially conceived tent outdoors and as the audiences immerse themselves in the story of Delhi they also taste‘Dilli ka khaana’which will be served as a part of the reading.  Directed by Anuradha Kapur this work borders between theatre and a reading. 

The Legends of Khasak directed by the dynamic Deepan Sivaraman, is a bold and independent adaptation of the famous Malayalam novel KhasakkinteIthihasam (The Legends of Khasak) by O.V.Vijayan, which acquired the stature of latter-day mythology. Set up in an open-air arena on a large rectangular pit of loose earth with extensive use of fire, soil, water, scent, sky and a symbolic  use of huge realistic puppets and masks  that allow audiences to participate and experience the pleasures and tragedies that engulf one in "Khasak", this piece of theatre has created waves across the country and we are delighted to bring this large production to Jaipur.

In addition to the various performances above, there will be a small food court offering local food and a session of‘Meet the artist’ where the artists will interact with the audiences and media.

An exhibition, ‘Women on Record’ curated and designed by Parthiv Shah on 26 March. The exhibition which will run in the Museum Galleries 2 and 3 till the end of April. It is a showcase of the world of incredible women of the black and white era, of the Salon, the Tawaifs, stories, riddles, anecdotes, photographs and songs…The beginning of the world of entertainment of the gramophone era. This will be enunciated by a performance of classical music by Vidya Shah .

On 27 March, “The Theatre of Alkazi” exhibitioncurated by Amal Allana and designed by Nissar Allana will open as part of the Rajasthan Divas Celebrations and World Theatre Day. The exhibition will continue till the end of April in The Contemporary, JKK Museum Galleries. The exhibition is being supported by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan. Navras 2017 is also being supported by The Hilton, Jaipur as hospitality Partner.

Says Director General, JKK: “JKK is proud to present yet again, a variety of nationally acclaimed performances in music, dance and theatre to audiences in Jaipur.  If Navras means to have new experiences, then it is our endeavor that the audiences in Jaipur enrich themselves in experiencing theatre dance and music in new and diverse ways. We are also proud to showcase 2 commissioned theatre productions by JKK.”

Navras was launched in 2016 with music, dance and theatre programs spanning over a period of 8 days.

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