As I told you there is no ease to celebrations here in Jaipur. Sweet winters have knocked on the doors of the city and thus begin the season of exhibitions. Starting from October and resting sometime in January, Jaipur will see a series Handicraft exhibitions and cultural fests. Just enough to keep the Jaipurwalas and the tourists busy all winter. Check this link below for the glimpse of Lok Rang the Folk Dance Festival 2012 that commemorated day before yesterday at The Jawahar Kala Kendra, our local cultural center.
No no this is no Halloween party, these artists are dressed in different mythological characters. Here in India people know the characters by the way they are dressed. Every mythological character has distinctive dressing style and it remains same in every story (almost thousand). Well they supposedly wore Divya Vastra that is the divine clothing (doesn’t require dry-cleaning!!)
These artists are depicting some or the other divinity. It would be too early right now to tell their mythological names and their respective stories. But don’t worry will be sharing more with different contexts.
Its been 19 years since this festival started. A nine-day long celebration comprising of evening performances by folk dancers from all over India, art & craft bazaar (market) and most of all lovely regional food stalls.
The place, Jawahar Kala Kendra has a model village with rural ambiance. It is a hub for folk culture, Indian art, theater, exhibitions. You’ll find exquisite handicrafts, local jewellery, furniture, paintings, traditional clothing, local toys.
For more photographs of the first day of the Dance Festival click the link below.
I will be back with fresh photos and news from the festival soon.
Till then Namascar.
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