In the presence of the Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje the 8-day Performing Arts Festival, ‘Navras’ began today at the Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK).
The high energy performance of ‘The Manganiyar Seduction’ which was also a theatrical presentation won the hearts of the Jaipurites. The performance witnessed ecstatic music-making, mixing Muslim and Hindu traditions. Conceived by the Indian director Roysten Abel, this spectacular 80–minute performance featured over 40 musicians in turbans and robes, who sat or kneeled in red-draped cubicles. These cubicles were stacked in four tiers and illuminated when their occupants performed, thus creating a dramatic and astounding build-up of musical instruments and voices of the Manganiyar community. It was held for the first time in Rajasthan.
On the occasion the Chief Minister said that the Manganiyar act was fabulous and expressed surprise that they were performing for the first time in Rajasthan. Earlier, she went around the JKK and saw the refurbishment work being done at the centre.
Earlier, an ‘Architectural Walk’ was conducted by the architect and a heritage management consultant, Siddhant Shah. He guided visitors through the beautiful details of the cultural centre. This walk at JKK allowed visitors to explore why ‘JKK is in true sense a metaphor of Jaipur, Jai Singh II and Jawaharlal Nehru’.