The perfect time to visit Rajasthan is next week when you can catch the Jaipur festival which is part of the Rajasthan Day Celebrations. The festival is being organised by the Government of Rajasthan and the Jaipur Virasat Foundation with the support of the Department of Tourism and UNESCO. The week-long celebrations from 24-30 March will showcase many local traditions, well known Indian cultural icons and even international performers. The festival has something for everyone; it has been broadly divided into five categories—Amber Fort International Programme, Programmes for children, Sanjhi Virasat—Community based programmes, Visual Arts/Crafts and Design and heritage walks.
Amber Fort International Programme
With performers such as the band Sirocco Music from Australia, contemporary dance troupe Da Motus from Switzerland, and Kathak dancer Nahid Siddiqui from Pakistan, this promises to be an exciting and eclectic mix of performances. Spanning diverse genres, there will be classical kathak recital, the highly experimental performances of Da Motus and the soulful sounds of jazz from Yori Honing of the Netherlands.
Programmes for Children
An exhibition featuring works by 130 children who took part in a series of artistic workshops will be something to look forward to. There is also a special performance of traditional music and dance especially for the little ones.
Sanjhi Virasat—Community based programmes
Among other things, the Sanjhi Virasat will feature a dhrupad recital, a Laila-MajnuTamasha show and an open air community performance. The open air performance will see the best of Rajasthani folk come together in music, dance and drama. Also the traditions of tamasha and other street performances such as the Galli Bazi will ensure that the festival is not restricted to the cultural elite.
Visual Arts/Crafts and Design
This will bring three exhibitions to the fore—Inside Out-Outside In, a visual art exhibition that brings together artists and craftspersons from around Jaipur; an exhibition of embroidery from Rajasthan and Gujrat; and the demonstration and sale of bandhini and shibori fabrics. The embroidery exhibition will showcase gazzi, silk and cotton fabric embroidery from Gujrat and Rajasthan. The third exhibition will showcase Bandhini combined with the Japanese Shibori technique.
The Chowkri Modi Khana Heritage Walk will take place everyday from 25 March onwards.