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Designers and weavers steal the show at Rajasthan Heritage Week

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Jaipur: Myriad interpretations of draping a sari or dhoti emerged on the Rajasthan Heritage Week (RHW) ramp, where designers, textile revivalists and weavers showcased their creative prowess.

The concluding day of the three-day gala here on Saturday night saw well-known designer duo Abraham and Thakore do a modernised take on the block printing technique of the state.

They used unusual block prints like houndstooth for tops, jackets, saris and more, apart from interspersing Rajasthani mojaris in their line for an extra edge.

Rajesh Thakore said they worked closely with khadi weavers and block printers to create the bespoke line for the event, and now they will even showcase an extension of the line at Paris.

Textile scholar Rita Kapur Chishti, who has been involved with research and development of handspun-handloom textiles, showcased the wonders of the six-yard cloth.

The draping, styling and pleating were far from the usual, and definitely gave onlookers innovative ideas to employ saris in day-to-day as well as occasion wear.

After the riot of colours that Chishti showcased, there was an all-natural khadi line by New York-based Swedish designer Lars Anderrson, whose take on unfinished garments was interesting to say the least.

He worked with raw fibre and tribal yarn to create anti-fit clothes stitched inside-out and unhemmed.

Next up was weaver Mustakeem Kachara from Kaithoon in Kota district.

His expertise lay in zari-laden Kota doria saris, but what stood out was how he has embraced abstract designs with changing times while also retaining the old world charm of the traditional motifs.

The National Award winner’s opening sari was a take on fruits, featuring strawberries, bananas, apple, et al. Need we say more?

The saga of the sari and sarongs continued with Pavithra Muddaya of Bengaluru’s famed handloom revivalist label Vimor. Her creations, in natural fibers such as cotton, silk, linen and bamboo, saw the use of motifs like rose water sprinklers, sheafs of paddy.

The revivalist’s bow to the audience was full of pride as she walked shoulder side by side, and hand-in-hand with her weavers.

Then came a double finale — Rohit and Abhishek followed by a showcase by Jaipur Modern.

Rohit and Abhishek, who are inspired by regalia of the Rajasthan royalty, brought an all-male line which had pieces made in wool khadi. Their designs were smart and wearable.

Abhishek even brought to the ramp a 94-year-old Bhagwan Sahay, a freedom fighter, whom he said had dedicated his life to the revival of Khadi.

Appreciating an initiative like RHW, Abhishek said Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia has always gone out of her way to support the cause of sustaining the arts, crafts and heritage of the state.

This, as witnessed by all attendees, was also evident from Raje’s presence at the gala on all three days, and she even shopped at the Crafts Bazaar at the venue here.

The showcase by Jaipur Modern, featuring a range of creations like open coats, dresses, boxer shorts, t-shirts, gowns and more, brought the curtains down on the gala.

(IANS)

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Former Jaipur Royal Family comes out in support of Shree Rajput Karni Sena on ‘Padmavati’

Shooting for films, serials and advertisements take place frequently in the different historic palaces belonging to the Jaipur royal family on a regular basis

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Jaipur, Feb 10, 2017: Shooting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali`s upcoming movie “Padmavati” seems to have run into further problems.

A former Jaipur royal family has now come out in support of Shree Rajput Karni Sena, which had opposed shooting of the film at Jaigarh fort near Jaipur alleging distortion of historical facts by the filmmaker.

The former Jaipur royal family, in a statement here, warned that anyone attempting to distort the heritage or the history will not be tolerated at any cost.

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The family said that it stands with Shree Rajput Karni Sena and other such national organisations, which want to keep alive the rich and proud history of Rajasthan.

The statement also pointed out that disciplinary action is being taken against the erring officials of the department, which has been set up by the family to take care of shootings and to take necessary permissions in regard to shooting of films and advertisements.

“This department did not provide full information to the royal family relating to the film `Padmavati` and gave permission to shoot it,” the statement said.

Shooting for films, serials and advertisements take place frequently in the different historic palaces belonging to the Jaipur royal family on a regular basis.

The statement further went on to say that the family stands committed to protect the proud history of Rajasthan. Anyone attempting to twist or change the history of Rajasthan will not be tolerated.

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“In future, before any such shootings take place in the historic monuments of the royal family, the narration of the entire story will be thoroughly checked.”

On January 27, activists of the Rajput organisation Shree Rajput Karni Sena protested, misbehaved and manhandled the crew of “Padmavati”.

They also damaged some cameras and other equipment. Bhansali had to stop shooting.(IANS)

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Hindu Philosophy fascinated WB Yeats: Remembering him and his Timeless Poetry at Jaipur Literature Festival

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Jaipur, Jan 20, 2017: William Butler Yeats, one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature, has cast his shadow over the history of both “modern poetry” and “modern Ireland” for so long that his pre-eminence is taken for granted, it emerged during an intense session on the life of the late poet on the second day of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) here.

In the session titled “WB Yeats The Arch Poet,” leading Irish historian Professor Roy Foster travelled beyond Yeats’ “towering image as one of the 20th century’s greatest poets to restore a real sense of his extraordinary life as Yeats himself experienced it — what he saw, what he did, the passions and the petty squabbles that consumed him and his alchemical ability to transmute the events of his crowded and contradictory life into enduring art”.

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“Yeats never visited India but it is evident that right from the beginning, Hindu philosophy fascinated him. He deeply admired India and his devotion towards the works of Tagore is well known,” said Foster, author of the first authorised biography of Yeats in over 50 years.Tagore first met Yeats during his third visit to Britain.

English painter William Rothenstein, overwhelmed by the rhetorical simplicity and philosophical gravity of Tagore’s work, is said to have passed his poems to Yeats. And what next? The Irish poet reportedly burst into a torrent of praise on reading the manuscript: “If someone were to say he could improve this piece of writing, that person did not understand literature.”

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Later Yeats wrote the introduction to Tagore’s “Gitanjali”, which caught the imagination of the Western world.

“Yeats presented himself as a representative of his country’s beliefs and that of his generation. This figure is so less understood even today. He is not just a poet but also a politician, a journalist a revolutionary and a theatre director,” said Foster, a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL) and the Royal Historical Society FRHS). He has delivered dozens of lectures on Yeats in several countries.

“He rediscovers Irish literature, always conscious of looking apart and different from the crowd. He moves from being an Irish Victorian to being an advanced modernist. He moves to a different world but throughout the process and even now he has always remained somebody who continues to make Irish culture richer,” Foster said, as an attentive crowd listened patiently.

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In favor of home rule, Yeats once compared Irish society to “a stagnant pond filled with junk, including the two old boots of Catholic bigotry and Protestant bigotry”. Yeats believed that home rule could undam this pond, Foster said.

“Of course, this wasn’t going to happen. The pond wouldn’t be gently undammed by a constitutional act. It would be dynamited by a revolution,” he said.

Yeats changed his public image from time to time so that he emerged, in 1922, as a prominent figure of a new nation, Foster said.

“Many of his early poems which seemed superficially simple are actually deep, deeper than most of us can ever comprehend. Yeats had an extraordinary ear for rhythm and as such, he believed that his own poetry should be chanted rather than recited.”

“Yards and yards of scholarly research is yet to be written and decoded about the mysteries and the wide range of references and imageries that Yeats made in his work. As somebody growing up in a country facing a revolution, which would soon be free, in the new state of affairs, Yeats would soon emerge as a prominent figure, he always drew anger, strength and motivation from Ireland.

“His poems are so beautiful, in words and significance, because they came at a time when he was constantly changing his mind. He often had to rethink himself,” Foster noted.

Yeats was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923 “for his always inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation”. (IANS)

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Touching lives: A Doctor’s effort to educate ragpickers

Thanks to paediatrician Govind Singh Chappola, who has opened the free study centre for children, atleast 10 of the children have joined a regular school.

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Jaipur : Dr. Govind Singh Chappola, a paediatrician, has recently opened a free study centre at Neem Ka Thana town in Sikar district for providing education to the poor children, all ragpickers, which operates between 3pm and 5pm every afternoon.

Chappola, who was motivated by his late father’s community work, began this centre in front of his house in Singhiwal Basti last year where he has appointed a teacher whom he pays from his pocket.

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“Keeping in mind suitable timing for these children, the study centre runs from 3 pm to 5 pm every day. I started this in October last year and till the time of summer vacation we enrolled over 100 students in just four months. Of them about 35-40 children are coming to study regularly. Some of them never went to any school,” Chappola told IANS.

“I am happy that at least 10 of these students have now joined a regular school. It was my dream that they should be motivated to join the school,” he said.

“Since the beginning of this new session about 50 days back, we have enrolled 70 such children as students,” he added.

“I am sure that in future the number will increase. My main aim is to motivate these children and their parents about education,” he said.

“I have been inspired by my father Sultan Singh Chappola who tried to help people in whatever way he could. He used to organise prize distribution ceremony at schools with an aim to motivate children to study,” he said.

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After his father’s death, Chappola opened the study centre. Thanks to his efforts, even the parents of these ragpickers have now started to realise the importance of education.

The doctor provides text books free of cost. To motivate these children so that they attend the classes, he offers them chocolates too. He also provides school uniform to these children.

Chappola, who works at the Kapil Hospital, offers free treatment to the children and provides medicines as well.

“I want to see these children happy, healthy and educated. It is a small effort for my own satisfaction and I am doing it without any help,” Chappola said. (IANS)

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