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India with its diverse cultures, languages and traditions is often seen to be the home o some of the most unusual customs! If you're someone who is intrigued by the various shades and the heterogeneity of India, you have got to attend the Elephant Festival on 28th March 2021 in Pink City. Celebrated at the Jaipur Polo Ground, the Elephant Festival is where you need to be, to immerse yourself in the colourful Rajasthani culture!

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Looking for better weekend plans than Netflix and chill? Casa Bacardi has answered your conundrums, for it is back with a multi-sensory experience for Jaipur. This Sunday, Jaipur's ITC Rajputana is all set to welcome a host of power-packed performances by DJs, Indie bands and dance workshops that delve into afro-based dance forms, pop-ups and much more. Stay tuned as we spill the beans on what all is scheduled to sweep you off your feet at this festival!

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The Chief Minister of Rajasthan launched the Jaipur Saras National Craft Mela, in an online event on Wednesday. Slated to be held for around two weeks, the fair at Ramlila Maidan shall conclude on March 21. A hub for myriad artists and craftsmen involved in a variety of professions, this fair presents an interesting array of crafts ranging from terracotta products and flower-based herbal gulaal to an enticing collection of pottery, amongst many other things!

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Regarded as the 'greatest literary show on Earth', the 14th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival 2021, commenced today on its brand new virtual platform. This year, JLF is featuring over 300 speakers and performers, representing around 25 Indian and 18 international languages and over 23 nationalities. Besides, the festival will also accord major literary awards, inclusive of Nobel, Man Booker, Pulitzer, Sahitya Akademi, DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and JCB Prize for Literature. The live virtual sessions will host an array of themes and writers, specially curated for audiences all across the globe.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic shifting the paradigms of engagement to the virtual world, the 14th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) will encompass an online programme spread over two extended weekends. The fest will showcase specially curated virtual experiences that will come with a look and feel of the Pink City, stated Sanjoy Roy, the Managing Director of Teamworks and the man behind organising the show.

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Since the outbreak of the pandemic, a period of many firsts has been observed and paradigms of engagement have made a shift to the virtual world from the real. On similar lines, the 8th edition of Jaipur BookMark (JBM) will be held on a digital platform, featuring an online programming spread, just like the Jaipur Literature Festival. Annually hosted parallel to JLF, Jaipur BookMark is a B2B channel which brings together publishers, literary agents, translation agencies and writers along with dedicated sessions and major industry players from all over the globe.

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The Jaipur Literature Festival is all set to return in an all-new virtual avatar this year, bringing an array of subjects, speakers and mentors right in the palm of your hand. Dubbed as the 'greatest literary show on Earth', the 14th edition of the JLF is slated for February 19 to February 28, featuring a spectacular line-up of events and meets. With speakers from all over, consisting of poets, playwrights, politicians, journalists, cultural icons and recipients of major literary awards including the Man Booker, the Pulitzer, JCB Prize for Literature, Commonwealth, European Union Prize amidst others, this festival will be a mega celebration and you need to be a part of it!

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The Sotheby's Auction in London has indexed a long list of over 350 objects from the late Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten which will be exhibited as the lot. These items from the eldest daughter of Britain's last Viceroy of India would go under the hammer on March 24, where a priceless pair of Made in Jaipur gold and enamel elephants will also be up for trade. Facts suggest that these were given by Louis Mountbatten to his wife, as a present to mark their 24th wedding anniversary in 1946. The pair had become engaged at Viceroy's House in Delhi in 1922.

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Tourists in Jaipur may soon find an added attraction amidst all the existing views and experiences offered by the desert state. The state has launched an innovative night sky tourism for its visitors free of cost. The project was inaugurated by the state government's Minister of Art & Culture in the presence of the Chief Secretary, with an objective to bring more tourists to Rajasthan. The tour circle includes viewing of celestial bodies on special occasions across different spots across Jaipur.

Specific episodes from the astronomical timeline to be shown

With a focus on specific astronomical events that happen from time to time, the Department of Science & Technology has prepared a list of episodes to be included in the maiden project. The allures offered by the night sky tour circle include moon watching at Jawahar Kala Kendra on the day of the launch and the telescopic view of Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter & Venus from Jantar Mantar on February 11. While tourists may flock to Albert Hall for watching the Jupiter-Mercury conjunction on March 5, they will be offered a closer view of the year's biggest moon from Amber Durg on May 26. Additionally, Mercury will be shown from Amber Fort May 17 and Venus will be shown from Albert Hall on July 3.

A step towards encouraging curiosity and boosting scientific temper

The Minister of Art & Culture stated that night sky tourism would encourage people towards science and astronomy in addition to helping the students and researchers interested in heavenly bodies. He further said that the night sky show from different spots would boost the scientific temper of the general public. The Chief Secretary joined him in appreciation of the calm night sky, saying that a refined view of the moon displaying its pits and craters would motivate people's curiosity about Akash Ganga.

Secretary of Art and Culture and Science and Technology said: "The state government's objective is to inculcate scientific thinking among people, to make people aware about the happenings in nature in a scientific way. For this, night sky tourism has started. As per the astronomical scenario every month, this facility will be available free of cost at different places on different days."

Have your new year vibes given up to the monotony of life already? Or, are you fed up with the uncertain times moving slowly through the pandemic? Then, light up your spirits for we know what you want! After your crazy laughter went on an uninformed vacation a long time ago, we know that your heart has been craving for an evening of exuberance, and comedian Abhishek Walia is coming to Jaipur with his brand new show, just to take care of that!

What's the cool thing all about?

Claiming to be an evening that would twist the obnoxious Kalesh in everyone's life into a laugh ride, the event promises to entertain its attendees with a live roast performance. The 1.5 hours long show would tickle its audience with the wittiest insights from the most usual experiences of life.

After winning The Great Indian Laughter Challenge Season 5, Abhishek Walia has made it to the hearts of young people across the country. A University of Delhi Alumnus with a history of working as an analyst and a trained anchor too, Abhishek has worked in a lot of fields before finally realising what his calling was. Having garnered millions of views on his roast acts available online, the artist shines bright in the Indian comedy circle.

For long we have been hooked to our youtube screens for all our doses of laughter amidst the lockdown and an outing like this, will surely provide for a fresh change for the head and the heart.

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Whether you are thinking of clearing your mind or dreaming of a memorable fun-time with your bae, this event definitely deserves your attention. To book your spots in the room of giggles and chuckles, find tickets here.

When: 6th February, 6 PM onwards

Where: L.O.L Cafe, Ashok Nagar Jaipur.

With the COVID-19 pandemic shifting the paradigms of engagement to the virtual world, the 14th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) will feature an online programme spread over two extended weekends. On Thursday, the organizers announced that February 19-21 and 26-28, have been marked for the occurrence of the events. The live virtual sessions will host an array of themes and writers, specially curated for audiences all across the globe.

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