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#JLF2019 – Heritage Evenings

Heritage evenings at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2019 to celebrate India’s cultural diversity at the city’s iconic monuments in partnership with Rajasthan Tourism 

Two Heritage Evenings will be showcased at iconic heritage locations in the city – Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) and Amber Fort.

  • Details of the Heritage Evenings 
    • Clothing as Identity @ Jawahar Kala Kendra – A group of skilled artisans from Kutch will showcase their designs on the ramp.
    • A Majestic Evening @ Amber Fort – An evening of performance and music by Rajasthan Tourism and the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival that will bring together art, culture and built heritage at the magnificent Amber Fort. Saturday, 26th January, 7pm onwards.

Of the two, I am more intrigued by the second.

Music, dance, and fashion performances during two glorious Heritage Evenings set against the backdrop of the city’s spectacular monuments. On the evenings of January 25th and 26th, in association with Rajasthan Tourism, the Festival will host these grand events at Jaipur’s iconic Amber Fort and the multi-arts centre Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK). While the two evenings are dedicated to the monuments of Jaipur, the spellbinding shows will celebrate the rich and diverse culture of India. 

Republic Day, January 26th promises a mix of enthralling music and dance performances. Rajasthan Tourism, in partnership with the ZEE JLF, will bring together art, culture and built heritage at the magnificent Amber Fort. 

The evening will begin with a performance by Folkland, International Centre for Folklore & Culture, Kerala showcasing Theyyam, a ceremonial dance from Kerala, depicting famous folk, tribal and mythological stories with music, dance and mime. A chorus of traditional musical instruments will accompany this stately dance. 

Following the performance, Man Booker Prize winner, acclaimed poet, novelist, essayist and playwright Ben Okri will present The Griot, a new kind of live literary experience in the tradition of bards and griots, ancient story-tellers and custodians of oral traditions.

Another highlight of the evening will be a recital by Sitar Ensemble, one of India’s most accomplished sitar duos: Shakir Khan and Azeem Ahmed Alvi. Shakir, son and disciple of Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan, and Alvi, a disciple of the sitar maestro, have come together to form this unique collaboration as the 8th generation representatives of the Etawah gharana. Ustad Akram Khan and Hafeez Ahmed Khan will join them on the tabla. 

The evening will culminate with 3G – a unique performance that brings together three generations of the only family in India that has been paying rich tributes to Carnatic music for decades. Legendary percussionist Vidwan Vikku Vinayakram, along with his exceptionally talented sons, V. Selvaganesh and Umashankar, and grandson Swaminathan, will celebrate Indian classical music, at the forthcoming majestic evening to be held at Amber Fort. Audiences will witness their unmatched dedication to music and superlative skills on the ghattam (Vikku Vinayakram and Umashankar), hand-drums (Selvaganesh), morsingh (A. Ganesh) and the kanjeera (Swaminathan). Vinayakram’s youngest son Mahesh will join them on vocals.

Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, Producer of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival said, “Ever year, with support from Rajasthan Tourism, Heritage Evenings at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival celebrate the built heritage of the state and highlight its rich cultural and architectural legacy through performing arts. This year, we will present some of the best in earthy fashion, music and folk-dance against the backdrop of two unique spaces – Amber Fort and Jawahar Kala Kendra. The events are exclusively curated to bring the audiences closer to the diverse cultural heritage of India.” 

Entry to the Heritage Evenings are by invitation only. Guests can enquire at the Information Desk at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival on the days the events are held.

Vinay Leo R.
A Bookworm’s Musing
22nd Jan. 2019


Poetry and writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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