28 November 2018

SHE DON’T USE MOBILE PHONE ! ! !

SHE DON’T USE MOBILE PHONE ! ! !
A friend from Australia Lynette Petty was in the town recently. She was on the tour of India, she went to many places, done many adventures and guess what SHE DON’T USE MOBILE PHONE and she had done all that without a mobile!!!! 

No matter how good a person she is and at this age also she was carrying heavier camera bag then mine and roaming around the country, but not using a mobile is something serious. On our chit - chat she told me about how the other hotel guest spend their time with their phone instead of exploring the city or swimming or doing any other activity like what she was doing. I think that she has a strange disorder might be its contagious and could be lethal also. Before she spreads this to anyone else we all should request “Apple” or “Google” to gift her one Mobile Phone and ask Australian Government to make sure that she also gets addicted to Mobile. 

21 November 2018

Nahargarh Biological Park & Lion Safari.

3 Lions Spotted at The Lion Safari in Nahargarh Biological Park, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
3 Lions Spotted at The Lion Safari in Nahargarh Biological Park, Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Nahargarh Biological Park or Zoological Park or Zoo Part of Nahargarh Sanctuary is located about 12 km from Jaipur on Jaipur-Delhi National Highway 8, 2km away from Amer Kunda crosing.

Nahargarh Biological Park started  in June 2016 basically the animals from Ram Niwas Bagh Zoo or Jaipur Zoo had got shifted to Nahargarh Biological Park with some other animals under an exchange program. This thing gave better living caged conditions to the captive animals which are there for the stupid entertainment of cruel insensitive humans.

The Nahargarh Zoological Park houses animals such as Asiatic Lions, Bengal Tigers, White Tigers, Panthers, Hyenas, Wolves, Deer, Crocodiles, Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Wild Boar, etc. 

The Lion Safari at Nahargarh Biological Park started from April 2018. Lions in this park were brought from Junagarh, Gujarat under an exchange program. Right now there are 3 Lions at the Lion Safari area and 7 more are expected in few months.

Nahargarh Sanctuary  is also famous for Bird Watching and Bird Photography, there are around 285 species of birds which can be found here.

The Nahargarh Zoological Park is open from 15th March – 14th October between 8.30 am to 5.30 pm and from 15th October – 14th March between 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. It is closed on Tuesdays so make sure you plan your visit accordingly. 

Ticket Charges for Nahargarh Zoological Park - Indian visitors: 50/- per person| Foreigner: 300/- per person| Student: 20/- per student. 

Car/jeep: 300/- per vehicle| Motor cycle: 30/- per vehicle| Auto rickshaw: 60/- per vehicle| Bus: 500/- per vehicle. 

Camera (Indian): 200/- | Camera (Foreigner): 400/- | Video Camera (Indian): 500/- | Video Camera (Foreigner): 1000/-.

Ticket Charges for Lion Canter Safari at Nahargarh Biological Park – Indian visitors: 250/- per person| Foreigner: 500/- per person| Student: 220/- per student. The entrance for Nahargarh Zoological Park is included in the tickets for Lion Safari

The Best Time to Visit Nahargarh Biological Park is the early morning. At the morning time you can sight the animals roaming around. Otherwise in the day time as the Sun gets on top most of the animals go in the shade and relax. for the Nahargarh Zoological Park best way is to park your vehicle at the parking area near the Ticket Window and take an Electric Rickshaw which will take to the main entrance gate of the Nahargarh Zoological Park.

The best time to visit Lion Safari is also in the morning, in the morning you have the best chance to sight the 3 Lions in open and together. But a Lion Safari Canter needs minimum of 12 booked seats before it starts so either go in a group or you have to wait for Canter to fill in.

On the Whole a Good place for Kids.

20 November 2018

2nd Guru Surendra Nath Jena International Odissi Dance Festival.

2nd Guru Surendra Nath Jena International Odissi Dance Festival
“2nd Guru Surendra Nath Jena International Odissi Dance Festival” was presented on 16th & 17th November 2018 at Ravindra Manch Auditorium, Jaipur. 

The two days festival presented many moods and colors of Odissi Dance and it was really wonderful. I am not exposed to Odissi Dance much but loved the entire event, it looked perfect to me. The 1st edition of “Guru Surendra Nath Jena International Festival” held at India Habitat Centre, Delhi on Dec 2016.

Below are few glimpses of the event held on 16th & 17th November 2018.

10 November 2018

T.M. Krishna – Jaipur

T.M. Krishna – Jaipur
10th Nov Jaipur - An evening of exquisite musical performance by T.M. Krishna (Carnatic music vocalist) with H.N. Bhaskar on violin and K. Arun Prakash on Mridangam. 

Concert of T.M. Krishna (Thodur Madabusi Krishna) organized by Spic Macay, as a part of  community outreach program “Music in the Park” at Central Park, Jaipur.

T.M. Krishna (Thodur Madabusi Krishna) is a Carnatic music vocalist, author, and speaker. Born in Chennai on 22 January 1976, his performing career began at the age of 12 with his debut concert at the Spirit of Youth series organized by the Music Academy, Chennai (India). He has since performed widely at various festivals and venues across the world.

06 November 2018

05 November 2018

Diwali Celebrations started.

Diwali Celebrations started.
Happy Deepawali to all, Shot from Yesterday Night get together with old Mafia members. . . . :)

31 October 2018

Moscow Musical Theater 'Reverse'.

Moscow Musical Theater 'Reverse'.

Even the word Brilliant is not Justifying the Stunning performance of Moscow Musical Theater 'Reverse' which I saw today Evening at Maharana Pratap Auditorium, Jaipur.


The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Department of State Support of the Art and Folk Creativity of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation signed a Protocol to organize the Cultural Days / Festivals in each other’s country.

In accordance with this Protocol, IRCC had hosted the visit of Moscow Music Theatre “Reverse” under the “Days of Russian Culture in India” today at Jaipur.

The unusual experimental production has been created by young Russian directors Andrey Koltsov and Irina Drozhzhina, with the participation of Debra Brown, famous Canadian choreographer and the Emmy Award winner. The audience was treated with a vibrant and dynamic theatrical performance with tricks, flying pylons and elements of circus choreography. This show blurred the boundaries between the dramatic and plastic theater and thrilled the viewers to core.

The experimental performance “Reverse” by the Moscow Music Theater is about the external and internal struggle of a human. It tells about its lowest and most beautiful manifestations, which appear only in extreme situations. It tells about conflicting qualities of human nature. It tells about the desire to transform and return to his former self. And, eventually, it tells about the main choice that every person has to make at least once in a lifetime.

Below are few glimpses from the iconic performance. 

29 October 2018

Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh.

Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh.

Met this lady Vimla Pareek at the Back Side Garden of Govind Dev ji Temple, Jaipur. Where she was Worshiping this Picture of Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh a Kachwaha ruler of Jaipur, ruled his dynasty from 1743 to 1750.

A Shot taken On our Sunday Morning Photowalk cum Photography Workshop on Street Photography. Next we are planning a Photowalk cum Photography Workshop on How to do Festive Light Photography. These Photowalks cum Workshops are Free if You also want to join us then whatsapp us your Name with message “Interested in Photowalks cum Workshops” on 9828030809 and We will share the details of next Photography Event with you. . .  Till then Happy Clicking. . . :)

24 October 2018

Viraat Bhajan Sandhya & Garba Night by Kinnar Samudaay.

Viraat Bhajan Sandhya & Garba Night by Kinnar Samudaay.
24th Oct  2018 - Viraat Bhajan Sandhya & Garba Night by Kinnar Samudaay had been organized at Abhinandan community center, Subhash nagar , Jaipur. The program was organized by Pushpa Maee Mahaamandaleshvar, Kinnar Akhaada, Jaipur. The main objective of the event was to promote the upcoming movie “Hansa Ek Sanyog” which has been made on the life and problems of transgender community.

The unit members of the movie “Hansa Ek Sanyog” were present at the venue to take blessings from Mahaamandaleshvar Pushpa Maee and to promote the movie. 
Pushpa Maee told that the goal of the movie is to develop positive attitude of the society toward the Transgender community. 

Mr. Suresh Sharma the Director and Producer of the movie said that Transgender community is part of society and they should get proper respect in the society. He said that this is a positive film which is showing the struggle of transgenders. He further told that he is sure that after watching this movie the perspective of people will surely change towards Transgender community.

Veena Sendre India’s first ‘Miss Trans Queen’ was also the part of movie and present at venue. She was also telling about that she feels that this movie will surely bring change in the perspective of society.

23 October 2018

Diwali ki Safai.

Diwali ki Safai.

A mobile shot taken today while I was enjoying our annual “Diwali Safai Festival”. 

Basically “Diwali or Deepawali ki Safai” is an annual Hindu festival which is celebrated every year few days before the Deepawali. 

In this festival basically all the Hindus have to complete two tasks. 
First - thoroughly clean their homes and work places. 
Second - have to discard all the unwanted and useless things. 

I should say one more thing here that Diwali ki Safai is basically a Hindu Festival but in my lifetime I had seen Muslim and other religion families also celebrating this festival with same enthusiasm. This religion hatred and tension is the gift of Politicians for their own benefits. Otherwise we Indians are very happy go lucky people, who don’t care about which religion has to celebrate which festival, as long as it is a festival most of us celebrate anything and everything.

But being a Indian Hindu from last 39 years and celebrating this Diwali ki Safai Festival every year, I had never - ever came across a single family or a person who had completed the second task successfully. Every year in my own home we come across many unwanted and useless things which we know we had not used from years and most probably are not going to use in future also but . . .  We don’t discard it every year those things might change the place but we don’t discard them. . . “Jane Kab Jarurat Pad Jaye” (don’t know when we would need them). 

For example - below you will see a picture of a Dirty Skateboard which is more than 30 years old, my parents got it for me when I was kid. I had hardly used it nor do I have any plans to use it in future also, all the bearings of its tires got rusted and are not usable. In last 30 years the whole design and materials by which skateboards are made have been changed. In these 30 years we had changed 2 homes but still . . . Jane Kab Jarurat Pad Jaye. . . 

21 October 2018

Meha Jha from Lucknow Gharana.

Meha Jha Kathak from Lucknow Gharana.
Yesterday evening Meha Jha Kasliwal gave a beautiful Kathak performance on the potery of Hazrat Amir Khusro - Ambwa Talay Dola Rakh de Niharwa. . .

The occasion was of the annual dance festival of “Mudra Academy of performing Arts” which held at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Meha Jha is the founder director of Mudra Academy of performing Arts Jaipur, Rajasthan. Who started her journey into Kathak in Lucknow (Gharana) style when she was just 8 years old.

Kathak is found in three distinct forms, called "Gharanas", named after the cities where the Kathak dance tradition evolved – Jaipur, Banaras and Lucknow. While the Jaipur Gharana focuses more on the foot movements, the Banaras and Lucknow Gharanas focus more on facial expressions and graceful hand movements.

20 October 2018

The Landwehr orchestra at Jaipur.

The Landwehr orchestra at Jaipur.
Shot taken today during the performance of The Landwehr orchestra from Fribourg, Switzerland. The concert was organized to celebrate 70 + years of the Swiss-Indian Friendship Treaty at Ram Niwas Bagh, Jaipur.  The Albert Hall Museum was icing on the cake as the backdrop of the event.

19 October 2018

Sindur Khela.

Sindur Khela at Durgabari, Jaipur.
19-Oct-2018 - Took this shot today of Sindur Khela at Durgabari, Jaipur. Sindur Khela meaning 'vermillion game', is a Bengali Hindu tradition where women smear each other with sindur on Vijayadashami, after the conclusion of the ritual worship on the last day of the Durga Puja, married Bengali Hindu women apply sindur on the forehead and feet of the goddess and offer sweets to her. Then they put sindur on each other's faces and offer sweets to each other.

18 October 2018

Dhunachi Dance.

Dhunachi Dance.
Took this shot today of women’s performing dhunachi dance to please goddess Durga on the last night of this year’s Durga Puja celebrations, at the pandal decorated in front of Dakshineswar Kali Mandir, Jaipur.

17 October 2018

Night Before Dussehra.

effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada,
Artisans working late night surrounded by effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghanada, in various states of completion, ahead of the Vijaya Dashmi or Dussehra festival near Mansarovar Metro Station, Jaipur.

Donkey Fair.

Donkey Fair - Ghati Karolan, Surrounding temple of Goddess Khalkani, Near Luniawas village, Approx 20km from Jaipur, Rajasthan.  Asia's biggest Donkey Fair or cattle fair near Jaipur.
Donkey Fair - helds at Ghati Karolan, Surrounding temple of Goddess Khalkani, Near Luniawas village, Approx 20km from Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Donkey Fair is said to be more than 500 year old fair which held’s annually approx 20Km from Jaipur. The 5 day fair starts approx 6days before the Dussehra and ends one day before Dussehra, around the month of October.

It was once believed to be Asia's largest Donkey Fair, where you could have seen more than 25,000 donkeys in a stretch. But with the time, lack of government interest and modernization all of it has changed. Now the Donkeys in Donkey fair are very limited, instead of Donkeys horses and mules have taken the center stage. With the modernization the vehicles had replaced the donkeys that were once used majorly by farmers, potters and laborers for carrying the load from one place to other. Once it was the major Donkey trading fair for northern India but now that is not the case, traders from nearby villages only attend the fair. 

But still it is in good shape and if you are in Jaipur then it is a must visit place right now. One of the best thing about this fair is that it has not got commercialized like the Pushkar fair. Donkey Fair still has its rawness intact and would be a heaven for Street Photographers right now. 

Points to remember which can help you to start a chit chat with locals. Kathiyawadi breed of Donkeys are beautiful in looks but Malani And Sanchori breads are strong and can carry lot of weight, which are in heavy demand. And you can get a Good Donkey for around 5000Rs.

15 October 2018

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.

14 October 2018

13 October 2018

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 ! 

12 October 2018

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.

11 October 2018

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.

21 September 2018

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. 

17 September 2018

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.

16 September 2018

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.

14 September 2018

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.

13 September 2018

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.

12 September 2018

11 September 2018

Final Touches.

Artist giving final touches to Ganesha idols ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi at Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Jaipur.
Artist giving final touches to Ganesha idols ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi at Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Jaipur.

14 August 2018

Aanchal Bohra Crowned Miss Rajasthan 2018.

Aanchal Bohra Crowned Miss Rajasthan 2018.
Aanchal Bohra in right with tag number 18 Crowned as Miss Rajasthan 2018 and 1st runner up  Juhi Vyas.

13 July 2018

Rreligion and Escapism.

Rreligion and Escapism.
This guy was sitting outside a temple in Jaipur. Not disturbing or poking anyone, just sitting and reading his holy book. Occasional passerby’s were dropping a Rupee or two in front of him. He looked focus on what he was doing; he didn’t even got distracted by me while I took this top shot.

At that time a question came to my mind. Does religion has developed into a way to justify escapism? 

05 July 2018

Exhibition Continues.

Exhibition Continues.
Took this shot at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. Where paint job is in the process right now.

30 June 2018

My First Love, Bhutta.

First Love Bhutta.
Pahela pahela pyar na bhule,
Bhule chahe sari khudai.
Mujhe mila sath jo tera,
Maine sari duniya bhulai.

My first Love Bhutta (Grilled Corn), enjoying the season’s first bhutta at Jawahar Circle, Jaipur. #mobilephotography

28 June 2018

Jealous.

Jealous.
I kind of miss those days when I use to ride two wheeler. I always use to reach home drenched in rainy season and when mom use to scold me I use to say mom what can I do it started raining and there was no shelter on the way. . . :) Anyhow there was a little girl on this bike in between her parents who was enjoying like anything and I was getting jealous of her.

The size of Family.

The size of Family.
I met this guy recently at one of the Sanganer Print Factory, when I was there on a shoot for a garment brand. I had spent some good amount of time there so got a chance to interact with him and other workers. You will be amazed to find out that many of them earn more money than many M.B.A. graduates nowadays but still live in very bad conditions. When I dug more about the reason behind their poor living conditions after such a good earning, one of the reasons I found is that they are the only earning member of their family and they send most of the money to their family in villages. You must be thinking most of the city graduates also support their families but still live in better conditions? Answer is simple “The size of Family”, When a city graduate talks about family it generally means nuclear family setup but When these worker talk about family it means Grand Parents, Parents, 3 or 4 Siblings, Wife and few Children. 

A country where children are considered as a gift of god and talking about condom is taboo in itself needs hell lot of effort to educate people about family planning. Otherwise no amount of money can bring good living conditions to them.

27 June 2018

Monsoon Drama by Nature.

Amphitheatre of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
There was Rain, Blue Sky, Clouds and Sunlight all together. Nature was in full mood of drama today and what could have been the better place then Amphitheatre of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur to capture it. 

Monsoon in Rajasthan.

Relief from scorching heat, finally monsoon is in Rajasthan. It’s a different story that it had already claimed many lives all over India.

26 June 2018

A Kulfi Wala.

A Kulfi Wala.

Had a chit chat with this guy who sell kulfi at the Statue Circle, Jaipur. He told me that competition is high, business is down and he has lot of expenses to meet. Then I asked him what does he thinks about the future of his business, he just went silent in a thought and I clicked his answer.

24 June 2018

Thirsty Monkey and Modern Science.

Thirsty Gray langur and Modern Science.
Gray langur are common in India and so is the thirst for Water. It’s not just about the India but most of the countries in World are going through the crisis of clean water. Water is the basic necessity and after so much modernization, industrialization and so on . . . World is still going through the crisis of clean water? 

Just think about it are the Scientists from around the globe are so dumb that they can come up with innovations we can’t even imagine but they can’t come up with a solution for our basic necessity clean water? Even these Langurs in India have evolved and urbanized so much that they know how to open a tap to drink water and then when they are done they close the tap. But Scientists are still in the search for the solution of clean water or is someone stopping them from providing us the solution?

23 June 2018

Exhibition - New Traditions: Influences and Inspirations in Indian Textiles.

Exhibition - New Traditions: Influences and Inspirations in Indian Textiles.
A unique textile exhibition titled ‘New Traditions: Influences and Inspirations in Indian Textiles, 1947 – 2017’ opened its doors to the public at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur on Friday. Showcasing artwork from over 50 artists and designers who have been dynamically influenced by cultural, political, social, economic and scientific conditions, the exhibition will remain open to the public till 31 July 2018.

13 June 2018

Weeding Vastra Heritage Look Book Shoot 2018.

Weeding Vastra Heritage Look Book Shoot 2018.
Few shots from Weeding Vastra Heritage Look Book Shoot 2018.
Designer - Abhi Sharma
Model - Priyank Sharma, Muskan Golash and Garima Dhingra
Photography - Manav Singhi
Location - Castle Kalwar