Indian Coffee House.

Indian Coffee House.
Shot taken at Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. Where Yashpal was busy as usual in serving guests.

A woman.

A woman selling luminous LED balloons at statue circle, Jaipur.
A woman selling luminous LED balloons at statue circle, Jaipur.

Ayaan Ali Bangash and Amaan Ali Bangash.

Ayaan Ali Bangash and Amaan Ali Bangash at Central Park, Jaipur.
13th October Jaipur - A beautiful Sarod Performance today by Ayaan Ali Bangash and Amaan Ali Bangash at Central Park, Jaipur. As a part of Spic Macay’s community outreach program “Music in the Park” celebrates the composite heritage, and brings awareness about the peaceful and beautiful Rangilo Rajasthan ! 

Atul Gupta

Atul Gupta

Captured Atul Gupta a budding Cinematographer at the vacant stalls of a craft exhibition going on at Shilp Gram, Jawahar Kala Kendra, JLN Marg, Jaipur.

RamLeela a Dying Art.

RamLeela a Dying Art.
Ramlila or Ram Leela is a folk play on the life of Lord Rama, basically it is played on the stories from the religious epic Ramayana. Generally it is played for ten nights which ends on the Dussehra when the Demon King Rawan is set on fire.

When I was kid there was a small temple near my home where Ramlila used to get performed. My grandmother use to take me there many times as she wants to make me religious and on the weekend sometimes my father used to take us to the biggest fair and festival ground of that time to watch the most glamorized Ramleela at "Ram leela Maidan, Jaipur" (even the name of this ground is "Ram leela Ground). The capacity of this ground is in thousands and it was used to be jam packed at those time of Ramleela. 

As this is Ramlila season, yesterday evening I made a plan to revisit the memory lane. First I went to that small temple and inquired about the Ramleela but they said that they had stopped organizing it from few years. Then I thought ok let's go to the biggest Ramleela ground of Jaipur "Ramleela Maidan". When I was kid and used to come here we needed to have special passes or tickets to get entry, I was happy to see that now it’s a free entry with just few booked VIP’s seats. I reached there about an hour early so decided to have a peek at the backstage area. All the artists were very friendly and welcomed me with the open heart. I was sitting with them, having chit-chat, watching them get ready, clicking few pics in-between. 

After they all got ready and they said play will start in a minute. I thanked them all for their hospitality and came out from backstage to main ground to watch the play. But as soon as I came out and saw the scenario of ground my heart broke and I realized what Electronic Media, Fast moving Life and Commercialization of everything had done to the Performances like this. The ground was kind of empty, Even the few Vip’s seats were empty, Most of the crowd was of the beggars and poor homeless people who lives in and around this ground. Every year the event gets sponsored by “Golcha Charitable Trust” but in this condition it’s a question that till when this sponsorship will go on. All most all the small temples had stopped organizing RamLeela and the one who still organize don’t get the audience and meet the expenses. So I will suggest if you have kids then take them once to RamLeela cause in this condition I don’t think it will going to last long.

A Man with A Bicycle.

A Man with A Bicycle.
A man with a bicycle relaxing at one of the vacant bus stops at Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Jaipur.
Today was the 5th day of “Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC)  and Jaipur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL)” strike. Mostly affected are the students and the common people who totally depend on the public transport. The private bus operators are running overloaded and had hiked their prices more than double. 

Ganesh Visarjan.

Ganesh Visarjan.
Devotees began bidding adieu to idols of Lord Ganesh which were installed and worshiped at homes on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Immersion of the idols of Lord Ganesha is last part of Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Before saying Good Bye people bring the idols to local water body dancing and celebrating, there they perform the prayers and whisper their wish into his ears. 

These pics are taken of the people who were performing different rituals at Sagar Lake, Jaipur.

Sanganeri Print.

Sanganeri Print.
Shot taken at Sanganer Print Factory where the workers are spreading and making the cloth ready on printing table to start the print process.

Sanganer is a town situated in Jaipur district, Rajasthan, 16 km south of state capital Jaipur. It is famous for textile printing, handmade paper industry, and for Jain temples. Sanganer prints are one of its own kinds, for the reason that patterns in bright colours are always printed on white backgrounds. Sanganeri Hand block printing received the geographical indication.

Exodus Till When?

Today 14-Sep, the descendants of the Kashmiri Pandits silently protested at Amar jawan Jyoti, Jaipur. Wearing black ribbons and lighting candles the community organized silent protest.

Mr. Goat.

Mr. Goat.
Mobile shot of Mr. Goat whom I met few days back at Chandpol, Jaipur.

Dhup.

Dhup.
बहोत दिनों के बाद आज शहर में धुप निकली है (after many days there was sunlight in the city)। Met Padmaja Gungun today at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.