Ek Shaam Kavitaoen Ke Naam.

Ek Shaam Kavitaoen Ke Naam.
Ek Shaam Kavitaoen Ke Naam, A poetry recital program organized at the Gungun’s (Padmaja’s) home on 22-Dec-2017. Aunty (Gungun ki Mummy, I don’t know her name.) was reciting her poems when I clicked this shot. It was a lovely evening and after the poetry recitals she treated us with tasty Pav-Bahji.

But two days later Sir urrf Mr. Himanshu Vyas exposed to me that it was Uncle’s (Gungun ke Papa’s) hand behind the tasty Pav-Bahji.

Suman Sarkar.

Suman Sarkar Urrf Dada at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Suman Sarkar Urrf Dada at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

Arvind Jodha and Padmaja.

Arvind Jodha
A Closeup Shot of Arvind Jodha Smoking Taken Today at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.


 Arvind Jodha and Padamja.
 Arvind Jodha and Padmaja.

Heritage Palace On Wheels.

Heritage Palace On Wheels Jaipur.
The first maiden voyage of Heritage Palace on Wheels (HPOW) reached Jaipur today from Delhi's Safdarjang station this morning at Gandhi Nagar with 28 tourists on board. The HPOW on its first tour has 27 domestic tourist and 1 foreign tourist from South African. This train will run in two itineraries, first 3 Nights (Golden Tringle) Delhi--Jaipur-SawaiMahdopur-Agra-Delhi and 4 nights (Desert Triangle) Delhi-Churu-Bikaner-Jaipur-Agra-Dholpur-Delhi. Those who want to spend luxury time and cannot do it due to either shortage of time or spend less money cannow enjoy the ride on HPOW, especially weekenders, corporate executives etc. As the train can also be booked for facilities like Conferences, Board Meetings and even Pre Wedding Ceremonies. The tariff is now only 300USD or 19000 Rs per night per person. 

The General Manager (HPOW), Mr. Pradeep Bohra, who is accompanying the tourists, informed that the train arrived at Jaipur's Gandhinagar Station on the last leg of its ‘Golden Triangle Circuit Tour’. Train officials were exhilarated over the maiden voyage of this train. The passengers were given a warm reception at the Gandhi Nagar Station with music playing and traditional garlanding of the tourists with all the gala celebration by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) and Department of Tourism on their arrival.

This is the third luxury train in Rajasthan which is being run by RTDC. The HPOW will depart from Jaipur tonight, Saturday, 30 December from Durgapura Railway Station.

What happen of the brief Today?

What happen of the brief Today?
14 - December - 2017
I took the above mobile shot on the 14th Dec morning at the front lawn of Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. Jawahar Kala Kendra is a big time Art center so even when I enter that area the vibes make me all creative and I see art everywhere. When I saw the Brief and Vest hanging there in the context of “Jawahar Kala Kendra the Major Art Center” that also looked like an art installation to me and I clicked the pic.

I guess there is some care taker there who takes bath in the Lawns of Jawahar Kala Kendra and then wash his clothes there and hang them for drying in the morning and remove them before the officials start coming to the center. 

Today also I went there early morning and saw the Installation took the picture which is below. But today brief was missing.
What happen of the brief Today?
26 - December - 2017
After the nationwide search finally the CBI intervene into the case and today the brief was back (photo is below). But the stains on the vest are raising some serious questions. And the nation wants to know what happened?
27 - December - 2017

What is the Criteria of Good Photography?

A mobile shot taken today of two friends Arvind Jodha and Anjali Shekhawat at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. Sometimes when you share this kind of photography and like it then many questions arise in your mind and the biggest question of them all is what is the criteria of good photography? 

I am doing Photography from last 20 years and still I learn new things every day. With every new situation you come up with new Idea and that gets converted in the new result. Initially when I started I studied that A Photo should be Sharp, With High Contrast, Colourful, Well Exposed, Well Composed and Have Some Creativity. Then came a time when things got more advance and I added few more points in my definition of “Criteria of Good Photography” Like Impact of Photograph,  Proper Use of Light, Story it’s Telling, It's Technical Quality and Proper Presentation of Photograph. All these points helped me a lot in my Journey of Photography and I will recommend all the new bees to memorize these points for output of a good Commercial Photograph.

With the Time I learned that there are Two kinds of Photography First Commercial and Second Personal

In Commercial Photography you have to keep all the above points in mind and Commercial Photograph is a Photograph which does not have any Emotional Involvement of Photographer in it. The sole purpose of Commercial Photograph is to get maximum viewership and appreciation. For example if a photographer is at a place of tragedy and he clicks a very Painful Picture of tragedy then don’t think that it’s not a Commercial Photograph. It is also a Commercial Photograph because Photographer didn’t had any Emotion Involve in the Photograph he is just trying to take most painful picture with all the Criteria of Good Photography so that he or she gets maximum viewership and appreciation. Some Photographers might say that no they are Emotionally Involved in those kind of Photographs but that will be a lie because just think if your loved one gets a bad cut in his hand what is going to be your first reaction to take his photograph or to help him? If you are Emotionally Involved in any situation then taking a Photograph with the Criteria of Good Photography becomes kind of impossible. If you are Emotionally Involved in a situation then you forget about all the Criteria of Good Photography, Viewership and Appreciation. This is the same reason that the best of the best surgeons don’t operate on their loved ones.

Second Kind of Photography is Personal in which Emotional involvement is so much that you forget about the “Criteria of Good Commercial Photography”, Viewership and Appreciation and that automatically becomes the “Criteria of Good Personal Photography”. According to me Personal Photography is the real Photography because it captures the emotion between Photographer and the situation or subject. Photographers don’t generally share those photographs but keep it safe cause viewing those photographs give them pleasure in whatever way. For example I had taken many Photographs of My Son, My Family and My Friends which I keep with me or sometimes share and I enjoy watching them. But that does not mean I had not taken their Commercial Photographs I had taken their Commercial Photographs also but at those times my Emotional involvement with the subject or situation was nil.

So according to me there are Two different types of “Criteria of Good Photography” First “Criteria of Good Commercial Photography” and Second “Criteria of Good Personal Photography” as mentioned above. Please feel free to post your comments below.

Communal Politics is Ruining India.

Christmas Jaipur Street Mobile Photography and how Communal Politics is Ruining India.
Yesterday evening when I was coming home I saw this guy on red light selling these Santa Caps. I took this Mobile Shot and a cap for my Kid (I am a Hindu and Santa has already got few Gifts for my kid this month). On the way I was thinking that every year we celebrate Christmas in such a big way in Jaipur and every year it’s growing Bigger and Bigger. You will see all the market and the city in the festive color of Christmas at this time of year. So I was thinking like what is the population of Christians in Jaipur? I Googled my query and the Jaipur Population Census 2011 Data came in front of me.

I was shocked after seeing the result, according to the Jaipur Population Census 2011 Data.

Total Population of Jaipur was 6,626,178 in 2011 out of which
Total Population of Hindus in Jaipur was 5,819,980 in 2011
and Total Population of Christians in Jaipur was only 12,708 in 2011
And still if you come to Jaipur at this time of year you will feel like entire city is celebrating the Christmas.

Mean while I reached home and there was smile on my face, I was thinking that all this propaganda of Communal Politics in India is not true now and Time is changing. Had dinner and went to bed, opened the twitter to check any last minute interesting news and saw this article “Hindu group disrupt Christmas celebrations in Rajasthan.” by a Journalist friend of mine Tabeenah Anjum who works for Deccan Herald.

Ah. . . this was enough for ruining my good mood. These were just 5 to 8 guys trying to get easy fame through Communal Politics and ended up in defaming the entire Hindu Ideology of Love and peace.

Khadi Gram Udyog Exhibition, Jaipur 2017 – 2018

Khadi Gram Udyog Exhibition, Jaipur 2017 – 2018
I went to Khadi Gram Udyog Exhibition Jaipur 2017 – 2018 yesterday evening with my Wife where I took these Mobile Shots. I go there every year and from last two years I feel like it is losing its touch. Don’t recommend much but if you are interested in Khadi then you can have a Round.

It started on 25th November 2017 and it will end on 7th January 2018.
Timmings are from 12 noon to 8:30 in evening.
Location - Khadi Gram Udyog, Opp Gandhi Nagar Railway Station, Bajaj Nagar, Tonk Road, Jaipur.

Kashmir in Jaipur.

It's Winter time and what could be more beautiful then capturing Kashmir?
Tabeenah Anjum in Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
#MobilePhotography

‘Mahindra Open Sky’ unfolds on the Dunes of the Thar.

Donn Bhatt + Passenger Revelator.
November 27, 2017, Jodhpur: Two days of scintillating music, mesmerising arts, adventure  and culture unfolded at Reggie’s Camel Camp Osian near Jodhpur as thrill seekers and adventurers experienced the very first edition of Mahindra Open Sky.

The three-day festival, which began on November 24, 2017, came to a spectacular end on Sunday with some energising yoga and thrilling off-roading on the mighty Thar. Unfolding in an intimate setting in the midst of the dunes of the Thar Desert, the debut edition of this unique festival presented a specially curated line-up of Indian and international artists coupled with the unique experience of star gazing under the clear open sky.

“The first Mahindra Open Sky has been an absolute delight to plan and to see happy seekers promising to come back again leaves us with a huge sense of satisfaction. We are committed to creating enjoyable experiences where culture, adventure, astronomy and gastronomy converge against the backdrop of the mighty Thar,” said Jay Shah, Head, Cultural Outreach, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Mornings at the Mahindra Open Sky started on a healthy note with wellness sessions by Deepika Mehta, master trainer and yogini, energising mind, body and spirit for a heady day ahead.
The afternoons were spent off-roading in Mahindra UVs which gave visitors to the festival the opportunity to  see centuries-old temples the unique culture of proud local tribes such as the Bishnois and the Bhils, craftsmen including potters and weavers, and desert wildlife which included blue bulls, gazelles, foxes, peacocks and partridges.
Day one saw an eclectic performance by Donn Bhatt + Passenger Revelator at the Sundowners’ Session who performed a line-up of his hit songs including Connected, Stars Align, and Spinning World. The Mumbai based composer, producer, guitarist and vocalist crafted some of the most immersive audio experiences with his band, mixing electronic, pop and rock effortlessly as the audience sipped on champagne against the romantic background of the setting sun.

On the Dune Deck (main stage), When Chai Met Toast set the mood with their unique brand of infectious, happy music and a special acoustic set up. The Kochi boys enthralled the audience with their amazing rendition of A Beautiful World, Bum Bum Bhole and A Firefly, amongst other popular numbers.

Following them was one of the most sought after voices of India, Papon Live who, incidentally was also performing on his birthday! Beginning with the famous Assamese folk song, ‘Din dina’, the mega talented singer also treated the gathering to folks songs from Rajasthan, Punjab, Nepal and Uttarakhand, sweeping the audience off their feet. On popular demand, he also sang a few of his Bollywood hits like Tu Jo Mila from the movie Bajrangi Bhaijan, Kyon Na Ham Tum from Barfi, and Dum Laga Ke Haisha’s Ye Moh Moh Ke Dhage. The inimitable Nikhil D’Souza performed an eclectic set at the midnight acoustic session. His signature melodic tunes and soul-stirring voice kept the party going through the night. He performed a mix of songs from various genres, including Bollywood melodies like Sham Bhi Koi and Tujhko Jo Payaa, as well as Stop Staring and Silver & Gold from his international album. On day two, the rich soulful vocals of Sam Lewis at the Sundowners’ Session was a musical delight. His first performance at Mahindra Open Sky – also his first ever performnace in India - included Blues, Folk, Country music and a little bit of storytelling and ballads, giving the festival a distinctly American flavour. Anand Bhaskar Collective (ABC) took the audience completely by storm with their unique brand of Hindi alternative rock music, starting with Hindi chartbusters like O Pardeshi O Pradeshi, Urvashi Urvashi, Humma Humma and one song dedicated to Krishna and Radha, ‘O Re Radha’, in addition to their original song, Faasle. It was then time for a Mehfil with the multi-talented Piyush Mishra and his band, Ballimaaraan. The actor, lyricist, singer and screenplay writer was in his element, belting out hit numbers like Aarmabh Hai Prachand, Vo Raat Ke Musfir, and Ek Bagal Me Chand Hoga. He ended on a high note with Husna. Piyush also read poetry from his bestselling book, Kuch Ishq Kiya, Kuch Kaam Kiya.

There was a lot more to follow with Ayushmann Khurrana with his band Ayushmann Bhava getting the audience on their feet with their music and phenomenal stage presence. Ayushmann Khurrana sung some of his chartbusters, including Paani Da Rang, Saddi Gali, Mera Mann, Mitti Di Khushboo, amongst others.

A special ‘Camel Race’ that took place earlier in the day pumped up the adrenaline of visitors with speculation on the winner continuing till evening. After an eventful day on the dunes, unique star gazing sessions saw astronomy enthusiasts identify the constellations with the help of expert stargazers.

Bharatnatyam recital entitled ‘Nritpriya’.

Bharatnatyam recital entitled ‘Nritpriya’.
Bharatnatyam recital entitled ‘Nritpriya’ took place today on Friday (24 November) at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur. 

Renowned artiste Dr. Gyanendra Dutt Bajpayee, who is a disciple of Padmabhushan Guru Saroja Vaidyanath, has performed at the event.

‘Nrittpriya’ essentially means lover of dance and the movements in the performance were dedicated to the Lord of Dance – Lord Shiva. It is worth noting that Dr. Gyanendra has performed over 5,000 times in India and has also presented his dance abroad.

The programme had been held in collaboration with Aangekam Dance Institute. The artiste and dancers performed under the direction of Ms. Nikita Mudgal who is the founder of Angeekam Dance Institute.
Bharatnatyam recital entitled ‘Nritpriya’.

Bharatnatyam recital entitled ‘Nritpriya’.

Lal kothi sabji mandi, Jaipur.

Lal kothi sabji mandi, Jaipur.
Morning visit to Local Vegetable Market - Lal kothi sabji mandi, Jaipur. Potatoes were 8Rs kg and Onions were 40Rs kg. #ShotoniPhone

South Asian Sufi Festival.

Dr. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, Trustee, Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust and Grand Daughter of Mahatama Gandhi
There isn’t much difference in the spirit of the Pakistani folk singer Reshma and the mystic poet Mirabai, whose devotional poetry resounds in the various corners of Rajasthan. With these thoughts, Dr. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, Trustee, Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust and Grand Daughter of Mahatama Gandhi inaugurated the 5th South Asian Sufi Festival at Diggi Palace in Jaipur on Friday.

Auto Ride.

Auto Ride Eyes
I took this auto from Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur to my home. The driver looked very sad to me, his eyes looked like they have many stories to tell. But he didn’t told me anything and nor had I asked.

Donkey Fair.

I took this shot somewhat after midnight at “Animal Fair” locally known as “Donkey Fair” which yearly take place near Looniavas village near Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Nayantara Parpia.

Lovely Kathak performance on the eve of 29sept at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur by Nayantara Parpia.
Lovely Kathak performance on the eve of 29sept at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur by Nayantara Parpia.

Message of the Mahatma.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - Charcoal on Paper.

Art Camp and Short Film Screening on 100 years of Champaran Movement of Mahatama Gandhi.


Rajasthan Adult Education Association in association with White Canvas organised one day painting camp and 4 days sculpture camp on the theme 'Message of the Mahatma'. 70 Painters and 15 sculptor artists  from all over India created on this theme. Artists depicted different forms of Gandhi and Gandhian values on different medium. 

The camp was held at in the lush green lawns of Rajasthan Adult Education Association (RAEA), situated in Jhalana, Jaipur. In the morning  of 5th September an orientation lecture was held for the artists which was done by Chairman of RAEA Ramesh Thanvi. Also a short film ‘Kalamkhush’, by Himanshu Vyas depicting Gandhi was screened for the artists and participants at 9:30AM. 

"There is a meaningful relation between education and art. This event is an experiment of linking the Gandhian idea with various art forms. As  Mahatama ji said "my life is my message", he himself was the embodiment of values and ideals. All artists were free to pick up any message from his life, either symbolize it or recreate it, may be real or in abstract form,”  Ramesh Thanvi, Chairperson of RAEA said.

The painting and sculpture camp was held to mark the 100 years of Champaran peasant movement a part of the wider struggle for independence, by Gandhiji when returned from South Africa. The Champaran peasant movement was launched in 1917-18.

The ongoing sculpture camp was also got over on September 5th which was started on 2nd September 2017. Camp was inaugurated by famous art critic Varsha Das on September 2nd.

The senior artists present at the camp were RB Gautam, OM Thanvi, Daniel Connell, Ranbir Sinh, Harishankar Balothia and SK Bhatt. Senior artists while interacting with the participants told them about the idea of art for GandhiJi.

Sanjana Sen

Sanjana Sen
Sanjana Sen Brand Ambassador for Miss Rajasthan Makeup by Silverine Spa And Salon

Aparna Singh

Aparna Singh
Miss Rajasthan  Contestant Aparna Singh, Makeup by Silverine Spa and Salon.

Breakfast at Tapri, Jaipur.

Breakfast at Tapri, Jaipur.
Recently me and my wife went for Breakfast at Tapri, Lal Kothi, Jaipur. I ordered Poha & Masala Tea and my wife ordered Vada pav. In the meantime our food was getting prepared I was telling my wife that Your choice of Vada pav as breakfast is not good. You should have gone for something less spicy or healthier and so on. . . Our food came and I started preparing my Poha with Bhujiya and my wife interrupted, for me Vada pav and spicy are bad but for you bhujiya is ok for breakfast? I said :-  “Haven’t you read it in school that Bhujiya is staple food of Marwadis”.

After that we enjoyed our Breakfast which was Hot, Fresh and Tasty. It cost us 400Rs which was not very pocket friendly for me. But If price is not an issue for you then you should surely give it a try.

Address: Tapri - 43, Tonk Road, Everest Colony, Lal Kothi, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302015
Hours: Open today · 7:30AM–8:30PM
Phone: 0141 410 1712

Guilty.

It was drizzling and my car was parked just in front of these two near World Trade Park, Jaipur. The reason why I am sharing this shot is that, this woman was scolding this dog and he was listening to her like he was guilty of something. That’s what caught my attention and I tried to capture it.

Dancing the Gods - Kathak performance by Rashmi Uppal

Dancing the Gods - Kathak performance by Rashmi Uppal
"Times Jaipur Festival"
Dancing the Gods - Kathak performance by Rashmi Uppal at Harishchandra Totuka Bhawan, Jaipur. 

BJP President Amit Shah in Jaipur.

BJP chief Amit Shah in Jaipur.
Hoardings, Cutouts, Flags . . . . everywhere in Jaipur to Welcome BJP President Amit Shah. Who has landed in Jaipur for his 3 day Rajasthan Visit.

आज बड़ी मुख़्तसर सी बारिश थी।

आज बड़ी मुख़्तसर सी बारिश थी।
में सोचता हूँ की कोई भी बारिश मुकम्मल तब तलक नहीं हो सकती जब तक उसे महसूस न किया जाए। एक बारिश को मुकम्मल उसे महसूस करने वाला ही बनाता है। अगर किसी बारिश को कोई महसूस करने वाला नहीं तो वो बस पानी की कुछ बूंदो की एक मुख़्तसर सी कहानी बन के खो जाती है। आज की बारिश शायद एक ऐसी ही मुख़्तसर सी कहानी थी, जिसका होना बस होने के लिए था। 

वरना आप ही सोचिये क्या कभी ऐसा हो सकता हे की बारिश हो और कोई एहसास पैदा न हो? एहसास होंगे तो उसे महसूस करने वाले भी होंगे और बारिश खुद ब खुद मुकम्मल हो जाएगी। एक ज़माना था जब बारिशें होती थी और एहसास खुद ब खुद पैदा हो जाते थे। कहीं ऐसा तो नहीं आज कल की बारिशों में एहसास पैदा करने वाला जज़्बा ही नहीं रहा? क्या ये भी हमारी तरह आधुनिकता की दौड़ में अपने होने के असल कारण को ही भूल गयी? 

हाँ यही कारण सही जान पड़ता है, शायद आज कल की बारिशें भी आधुनिक हो गयीं। 

Studio.

Shot taken at the Studio of Arvind Jodha and Anjali Shekhawat.  #MobilePhotography

Caged for Amusement.

Caged for Amusement at a Resort on Jaipur - Delhi Highway.

Mobilephotography

Cup, Plate, Glass and Indigo

Cup, Plate, Glass and Indigo
Took this shot today at  Indian Coffee House, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.

Anthropocentric?

Recently I got introduced to the word “Anthropocentric” it means regarding humankind as the central or most important element of existence. 

I am doing Photography from last 20 years and the first photograph which I took from my first SLR camera was of a young girl. In these 20 years I had took many shots other then my commercial work and 99% of them somehow had human in them, I used to call them Portraits, Street Photography, Photo Journalism and so on . . . but one thing is sure those all photographs had human in them. It was not a conscious or any kind of deliberate attempt by me but you can say it was kind of natural of unconscious thing.

I took this photograph of Anjali Shekhawat yesterday night at Jawahar Kala Kendra ( It’s a multi arts centre) at Jaipur. I was there in the evening having some chit chat with fellow artists and then I suddenly saw the shadow of tree and leaves creating this interesting pattern here on the wall and ground. I felt like capturing it in my camera and Anjali was nearby only. I just spontaneously asked her if she can just go at that point sit and give a pose to me. She said yes and here is the shot in front of you.

The question which arrived in my mind is that does this unconscious habit of mine taking Human Centric Photographs have something to do with “Anthropocentric”?

Motorcycle Stunt at Indian Circus, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.

A Guy performing Motorcycle Stunt at Indian Circus, on the occasion of Sheetala Ashtami Fair at Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.
A Guy performing Motorcycle Stunt at Indian Circus, on the occasion of Sheetala Ashtami Fair at Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.

Indian Circus, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.

A Guy in the attire of Joker Welcoming to Indian Circus, which was performing on the occasion of Sheetala Ashtami Fair at Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.
A Guy in the attire of Clown Welcoming to Indian Circus, which was performing on the occasion of Sheetala Ashtami Fair at Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.

Portrait of Sugarcane Juice Makers.

Portrait of Sugarcane Juice Maker Guys at  Sheetala Ashtami Fair, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.
Portrait of Sugarcane Juice Maker Guys at  Sheetala Ashtami Fair, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.

Devotee at Sheetala Ashtami Fair, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.

Devotee at Sheetala Ashtami Fair, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.
Devotee resting on the stairs of Sheetla Mata Temple on the Occasion of Sheetala Ashtami Fair, Chaksu Village, Near Jaipur.