9 - 19TH OCTOBER 2014
a DANCE FESTIVAL, this is such a sight!
i know a few of you have been to J.K.K. with us, on previous trips, & we were fortunate enough to be in JAIPUR, when this annual festival was on.
i went on the 9th to get my season ticket.
i arrived about 11.00am , thinking, 'oh yes, just get the ticket'
OH ! NO....
why did i think it would be that simple.
this is a lovely example , of being patient, sweet & courteous.
this method can move mountains,
or in this instance, get the ticket, without having to wait 3 hours.
the man in the office, told me, tickets are being printed NOW, to come back after 2.00pm.
i explained i lived a long way, & i would sit and wait for them.
I SAT OPPOSITE HIS OFFICE WINDOW, SO HE COULD NOT FORGET ME.
after 5mn ( yes 5 mns) he is handed the SEASON TICKETS.
just to top it off, I GET NO. 1 TICKET.
after that little victory, i went and had a cold coffee & THE SOUTH INDIAN COFFEE HOUSE.
it is in the j.k.k. building.
the festival commences 7 - 9 pm.
i recall from past times, i should bring a cushion to sit on, a fan, & water to drink.
WHY A CUSHION?
sitting on red sandstone.
WHY A FAN?
the festival is situated in an open air forum.
during the day, the red sandstone has absorbed a lot of heat.
so, much so, that the red sandstone is very, very, hot to sit on.
also, there is not a lot of cross breeze.
just need it.
also, during this festival, there is a MELA (fair) in the grounds.
this is where i met 'MOUSTACHE MAN.'
mela, commences 2 - 10pm.
i needed to go home, shower, collect my necessities, & rest.
my no. 1 ticket
these men from KASHMIR.
from the PUNJAB.
dancing with WATER POTS.
these men, are very clever.
i could appreciate they needed a lot of practise, not to get the ribbons tangled.
when they got to the end, then they reversed the dance sequence, to undo the ribbons.
there was a huge sequence of this dancing with BAMBOO POLES.
i remember doing this dance in primary school, and yes!! many times i had bruised ankles.
i remember it as TINIKLING...
is that correct?
men from RAJASTHAN.
i have a GROWING COLLECTION of these hand made animals.
created from old nails, screws etc.
this is a new BUG., with its maker.
creating another BUG.
random view of MELA.
looking at the stall that sells brooms.
this man is trimming the base of the little grass brooms.
i bought 1 last trip, & they are great for removing the blown in dirt off furniture, books etc.
the ladies in the house here, saw mine & liked it.
so, i bought 4 and gave them a gift.
i have seen them, hanging up in their kitchens & they use them.
close up of the purchased brooms.
they are beautifully made.
these brooms for DECORATION.
indian homes NEED these artificial flowers, apparently.
cups, beakers, coffee mugs.
UN GLAZED POTTERY.
oil burners, tea light holders bowls.
these are FOOT SCRAPPERS.
like, we use a pumice stone.
these a STENSILS, for creating the easy way,
more stencils & roller stencils.
this is RANGOLI.
using coloured chalk powder. see bags to right.
these are traditionally created EACH MORNING on the door step, or in courtyard of some homes.
men from GUJARAT, & their horse.
the tent canopy.
men from the PUNJAB.
MUSICIANS entertaining us, along with a PUPPET SHOW.
men @ the entrance to the MELA.
ROSE & MARIGOLD PETALS.
inside j.k.k. building, leading the way to the open air auditorium.
part of J.K.K. building on the left.
looking towards the exit.
you can see the 3 men sitting on the table, in left of photo.
i took some video, hoping to put on the blog.
i tried one, & it took soo long, to do a fraction of it.