This year I decided to go to celebrate Holi in Jaipur with Lyuba. Holi and Jaipur is one of the best combinations because the day before Holi every year Jaipur hosts a festival of elephants which is visited by huge crowd of foreign and Indian tourists. Owners decorate their elephants the best way they can and parade in front of the public and jury, accompanied by traditional dance and music.
The event is held at the polo ground with green grass. The main goal for the elephant owner is to impress the jury with the unique decoration of his animal. This elephant got a couple of tigers painted on his face.
And this is, I would say, a pretty traditional elephant decoration with traditional mughal carpet and ornaments.
Elephant was rode by this very sophisticated fellow.
The elephant was accompanied by a traditional gair dance that resembles turkish whirling dervishes.
One more couple of beautiful elephants and their amusement band.
Music and dance.
Dancers have little bells on their feet to create additional rhythm and sound.
Another type of Rajasthani performance.
This man is a very good dancer. Once I saw him in Mumbai dressed as a woman and moving his hips better than any madam.
And this is my favourite elephant ^_^ Dont remember who took the first prize, but hopefully it was this one.
Besides elephants there were battle camels with orchestra.
While jury were deciding on the best decorated elephant in the center of the ground there was a concert of traditional performing art.
Krishna, Radha and Rukmini. Krishna loved Radha but married Rukmini.
In Indian religious mythology Krishna was a very loving fellow and had many girlfriends.
Peacock dance of Krishna, Radha and Rukmini, where they play Holi with petals of rose and marygold. Peacock in India is considered to be a sacred bird and its killing is prohibited, and peacock feather is a symbol of Krishna.
One more Krishna.
Musicians in traditional Rajasthani turbans.
And their music instrument.
And a couple of portraits in the end. I love Rajasthan :)