City Palace Jaipur
The City Palace Jaipur is one of the most popular monuments in that city. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Even though there are many palaces and forts here, but the City Palace Jaipur stands truly apart. It is known for its marble pillars, the carefully carved interiors as well as its lattice work that make it truly remarkable.
The City Palace Jaipur was designed by Colonel Jacob. He has managed to combine Rajput, Mughal as well as European architecture in order to bring forth this unique piece of architectural wonder. There are two ways of entering this ancient monument. One of them is the Jaleb Chowk and the other is the Tripola Gate. Once you enter through the Tripola Gate, you will reach the Mubarak Mahal. This is the “Auspicious Place.” In fact, this is the reception area where all the foreign dignitaries visiting this Palace are welcomed. Today, it forms a part of the Sawai Man Singh II museum. It houses a wide range of textiles that include the Kashmiri shawls, silk sarees besides the various Royal costumes.
Once you cross the huge brass gateway of the Mubarak Mahal, you will reach the courtyard where the Maharaja met his private audience. This is the Diwan-i-khas. Out here are the world's largest vessels made of silver displayed. Going in further would take one to the Hall of Public Audience or the Diwan-i-Aam. This chamber is well decorated with rugs and carpets. In addition, there are ancient texts as well as miniature paintings on the walls.
It is the Sihel Khana in the City Palace Jaipur that was used all the weapons and artillery of the army. The Sabha Niwas of that time today houses the Art Gallery. This hall is marked by two huge paintings of Lord Krishna playing Holi. In addition, there are life sized. The main reason for visiting the City Palace Jaipur is to have a look and understand the royal splendor that was enjoyed by the royalty of that era. In fact, it is strongly recommended to opt for the Royal Grandeur tour.
This will take the visitors through the Chandra Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Chandra Mahal, besides the Sukh Niwas, Chhavi Niwas, Shobha Niwas, Sri Niwas as well as Mukut Mandir. Besides enjoying the beauty of the Palace, the guide will inform about the various anecdotes linked to each place. This is one easy way to get a peek into the culture of the Rajputs in that era. Inside the City Palace Jaipur is the Palace Atelier. This is where the visitors can buy exquisite, handcrafted objects that have been inspired by the City Palace itself. In fact, all these products have been designed in the Palace Studio itself.
Besides, these have been crafted by master craftsmen and are hence, able to keep alive the tradition and craft of Jaipur as well as Rajasthan. This was a place that was set up in 2010 and it ensures that every visitor is able to carry away a piece of the City Palace with him/her.
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BONJOUR INDIA, FESTIVAL OF FRANCE, IN JAIPUR
This is an invitation to a voyage to the court of Versailles. This performance stages two heroic and opposing mythical personalities under the torment of love. The study of emotion is at the heart of baroque art and this piece enables one to rediscover the dramatic power of contrasts – the inseparable duo of light and darkness conceived like a sort of a tragedy – as Philippe Beaussant puts it. All the composers of this piece contributed to the renewal of French music and performed important functions at the court of Versailles. Lully, creator of the French tragedy was Louis XIV’s favourites and Marin Marais, a recognised gamba player.
Baroque music is a style of Western music tracing back to a period between 1600 to 1750 and forms an important part of the western classical music canon, being widely studied, performed, and listened to. Baroque music is tuneful and very organized; melodies tend to be highly elaborated. Conflict and contrast between sections in a piece and between instruments are common, and the music can be quite dramatic.
Amarillis, is a musical ensemble and currently one of the most original baroque orchestras in Europe. Founded in 1994 and led by its artistic director, Héloïse Gaillard and the harpsichordist Violaine Cochard, Amarillis was soon distinguished by its acoustic exploration, its high instrumental technique and the enthusiastic response of audiences. Internationally renowned, Amarillis performs frequently in France, England, Holland, Spain, Germany, Latin America, Canada, and Senegal besides being showcased on Radio France Musique, Radio Classique, BBC, Mezzo and Arte.
Musicians: Maïlys de Villoutreys / soprano; Héloïse Gaillard / Recorder; Alice Piérot / Violin; Violaine Cochard / Harpsichord; Annabelle Luis / Cello.
Especially flown from France for the concert is a harpsichord. Rarely seen in India, this musical instrument, probably invented in the late Middle Ages, is played by means of a keyboard and produces sound by plucking a string when a key is pressed. During the late 18th century it gradually disappeared from the musical scene with the rise of the fortepiano.
The entry to the concert is open for general public and is free.