The Pink City today witnessed a cultural extravaganza by way of several folk musical and dance performances throughout the city. The occasion was the celebration of the Rajasthan Foundation Day. Day long cultural events were held at Albert Hall, Hawa Mahal, Amer Palace and Statue Circle.
At the Amer Mahal were ‘Khartal Vadan’ (Bundu Khan, Barmer) and Ravan Hatta (Hanuman Bhopa, Amer). Similarly, at Jal Mahal Ki Pal there were puppet show (Raju Bhat, Jaipur) and ‘Chakri Dance’ (Bhagwan Singh, Baran). The tourists at Albert Hall were able to witness tribal dance (Narain Damor, Banswara) and folk songs (Shahjad, Nagaur). At the central hub of the city, Statue Circle, there were ‘Gair Dance’ (Prem Kumar Saini, Barmer) and ‘Chakri Dance’ (Udai Singh, Baran). Those who went to Hawa Mahal were able to see the mellifluous strains of the Shehnai (Murari Lal Rana).
The evening saw a mega cultural evening in which a large number of foreign and domestic tourists as well as Jaipurites witnessed Kuchipudi Dance by Ms. Pernia Qureshi as well as a fusion between the Kathak dancers and the well known Langa Mangniyar artistes.
The preceding week also saw some well known plays like ‘Dudha’ (directed by Sabir Khan) and ‘Dafa 292’ (directed by Anoop Trevedi) at Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK). The food and craft festival was also organised as a part of the Rajasthan Day Celebrations.