In order to celebrate the festival of colors – Holi, Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation has organized a 4-day (23-26 March) Holika Dahan program including a painting exhibition and workshop at Sabhashiromani Ka Darikhana. To encourage Indian Classical Music, arrangements have also been made for tourists to learn more about traditional musical instruments, especially the ones used during the festival of Holi. This is the first time in last 150 years that Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) has come up with this sort of an initiative. The initiative is being run under the directions of Shree Arvind Singhji Mewar, managing trustee and president of the foundation. Bhupendra Singh Ahuwa, chief secretary of MMCF said that, the motive of foundation behind this special program on Holi is to bring out the works in traditional painting and various Raagas to art aficionados. Under the coordination of Aditi Babel, an artist based in Udaipur, a painting exhibition cum workshop "Rang" will be held at Sabhashiromani Ka Darikhana on 23rd March, Saturday. The art of Molela, Kaanch and Thikri, miniature painting etc will be presented by artists. Rang will be continue till 25th March from 10:30am-4:30pm.
Similarly, a painting exhibition at Zanana Mahal's Exhibit Gallery will be organized under the coordination of Mumbai based artist Ushat Gulgule till 26th March. On 23rd March at evening 6:30, Kathak Artist Swati Sinha will present dance program at historical Manak Chowk. On 24th March, Sunday, morning at 5:30 am, Pandit Ramkrishna Bose will play Santoor and Mamta Sharma will present Indian Classical Music at Khushmahal complex. On the same day evening, music and dance performance will be presented by Shavati Mandal Paul at Manak Chowk. On 25th March, at 6:30pm, dance-play based on Holi by Jaikishan Maharaj and group will be showcased at Manak Chowk. On 26th March, Holika Dahan will be conducted at Manak Chowk.
The Kumbhalgarh Fort in Rajsamand district is well set for the Heritage Walk scheduled to be organized on 10th of this month. This initiative has been taken to promote tourism in Udaipur region and to stress the importance of the Great Wall of Kumbhalgarh which is the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China.
The walk would be conducted for two groups. Group 1 is competitive one in which the winner will be rewarded with prize money of Rs. 51000. The second and third position holders will be awarded Rs. 31000 and Rs. respectively. Five participants will get consolation prizes of Rs. 11000 each. Group 2 is the guided one that will cover a distance of only 2-3 kilometers and the participants of this group can stop according to their will..
The dos and don'ts for the participants have been clearly indicated. The participants are not allowed to run during the course of the walk. Any violation of the rules will lead to disqualification. In case a participant is found causing any harm to the national assets serious action will be taken against him. About 50 centers have been set up along the course of the walk to help the participants. A team of 4 people would be active on each center; a policeman, a doctor and two local volunteers. In a meeting held at Hotel Royal Kumbhalgarh, the issues like food facilities and night stay for the participants were discussed and the duties were assigned to different staff of the hotel. Some of the national figures are also expected to mark their presence and boost the morale of the participants on the day. With all the zest and vigor, the birth place of Maharana Pratap, Kumbhalgarh, takes pride in inviting people to this historical Heritage Walk to take this event to great heights.
31st Maharana Mewar Foundation Annual Awards (MMFAA) will be given to the meritorious students on 26th Feb. for the sessions 2009-10 and 2010-11. These awards are given by Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation for their excellent performance in curricular, co-curricular and sports activities. The Coordinator of Maharana Mewar Foundation Annual Awards Ceremony, Dr. Mayank Gupta said that three types of awards will be given viz. Bhamashah Award, Maharana Raj Singh Award and Maharana Fateh Singh Award. Bhamashah Award was introduced in the year 1983-84 and so far 1056 students have been awarded with it. For the session 2009-10, 19 and for the session 2010-11, 24 talented students have been selected. The prize amount, which was 2001 INR till now has been raised to 7001 INR from this year by the Chairman and Main Trustee of the Foundation, Shreeji Arvind Singh Mewar.
The Foundation has been awarding Raj Singh Award since 1980-81 and has honored 397 students in this category by the year 2008-09. 5 students each have been selected for the session 2009-10 and 2010-11 to be felicitated by this award. The cash prize has also been increased to Rs. 5001 from Rs. 1001. Maharana Fateh Singh Award for excellent performance in Board Exams and other achievements in co-curricular and sports fields at school level was initiated in 1980-81 and 1737 students have been awarded so far in this category. 22 students for the session 2009-10 and 37 students for the session 2010-11 have been finally selected to be honored in the award ceremony. The recipient of the award will get Rs. 2501 instead of Rs. 751.
New Year eve was celebrated with a lot of fanfare in Udaipur last night giving farewell to 2012 and welcoming the Year 2013 in a big way. A large set of Udaipurites partied till dawn dancing on Bollywood tunes and witnessing spectacular fireworks brightening the city skyline.
Udaipurites have been busy planning the celebrations for over a week now. Some were busy managing private parties while others were seen making last minute efforts to grab entry passes in various starred Hotels and Resorts in the city.
The chill in the air could not act as a deterrent to the large set of youngsters and teenagers who partied with their family till late night. These celebrations came despite restrictions being placed by cops on gatherings at public places as a safety measure.