“Petals fell, rains stopped, vehicles drove, the clouds rolled.
Like every other year, the wind blew and some hearts froze,
But definitely, the year did its magic that brought us close.”
As we bid adieu to the year 2017, it’s very likely to go down on that sam that beautifully bloomed within me and you. Being thankful for the handsome opportunities and some intimidating clues. We proudly present the 17 reasons why we loved 2017 with all our hearts.
17 memorable experiences that brought us together and gave us enough moments to cherish. The whole year looked like one grand celebration. These experiences made us fell in love with our Kota City, time & again.
“Umang and Utsah” with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji.
The calendar read: 14th- 15th January 2017
Rendezvous at: Kota’s ” Dussehra Ground” (Umang) & Kota’s “Commerce College Ground” (Utsah)
The Art Of Living organised Maha Satsang “Umang” in the presence of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji. The people of Kota were enlightened by his words and his presence radiated happiness all around. People showed up with gifts for Gurudev and he graciously accepted everybody’s love.
Gurudev addressed a gathering of about 100,000 students on January 15 at a special event called ‘Utsah’. It was a novel event where Gurudev interacted with such a mammoth gathering of students and lead a guided meditation, assuredly participate in a Q&A with the students.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also attended the event. ‘Utsah’ featured a special rock Satsang with the celebrated singer, Vikram Hazra.
Badrinath ki Dulhania
The poster read: 10th March 2017
When Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan flew down to the land which has it all, from the romantic ambience of taj to the serenity of liberty at our very own “7 wonders park”.
It got Kota in all brand-new moods, as it was a time of merriment, in the Bollywood style. They commuted around Kota in the city bus, met fans, visited Seven Wonders Park & enjoyed boat ride in Kishore Sagar Talav. The romance of Badrinath and Vaidehi was beautifully pictured in the “7 wonders park”. Even more beautifully shown on the screen. Letting people around the globe know, what Kota has got in store.
The Intriguing first TEDx Event of Kota
The calendar said: 9th April 2017
Rendezvous at: Bansal Classes “Gaurav Tower”
The novelty of Kota’s powerful first TEDx is still in the air.
The speakers justified the theme in the most vibrant way, “Silent Tempest” as it said. TEDxRTU brought together 9 remarkable individuals at one stage.
All the ted talks make our minds to consciously agree that “The human spirit is one of ability, continuance and courage that no amount of vehemence can steal away”. This notable ensemble of valour, intellect, innovation, culture and humanitarianism was a worthy experience.
Kota Gram 2017 (Global Rajasthan Agri-Tech Meet, Kota 2017)
The calendar read: 24th – 26th May 2017.
Rendezvous at: Kota’s “RAC ground, Shivpuri”
The kernel objectives of GRAM Kota were to expose the farmers of the Kota Division to best agricultural practices and define the next qualitative leap in Kota’s agriculture growth story. And to expose the farming community to technological advancements and global best practices while showcasing opportunities for partnership in agribusiness in the state.
The event was attended by Academicians, Agri-Thought leaders, Researchers, Agriculture Institutions and Universities, Farmers groups, Dignitaries from Central and State government departments, Progressive Farmers, Agribusiness companies – Seeds, Irrigation, Farm Machinery, Food Processing community, Financial Institutions, Students.
Rajasthan Digifest 2017
The calendar Read:17th – 19th August 2017
Rendezvous at: Kota’s UIT Auditorium, Rangbari.
The Digifest is a brainchild of CM Raje and her Department of Information and Technology. It was a series of youth-oriented events. These events (Digifest and Startup fest) are proving to be an excellent platform to channelize the Millennials’ out-of-the-box-thinking and bring about ideas for developing futuristic solutions. Renowned speakers taught the best way and how to follow that intimidating yet best way.
Kota Airport’s fine fortune.
The calendar said: 18th August 2017
The perseverance and patience of the people of the city paid off when Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated a direct commercial flight service. Adding to the intra-state air connectivity, the state government is all set to connect Kota with Jaipur. The 9-seater aircraft will take off every day and will take 45 minutes to reach its destination. The flights from Kota airport were discontinued in 1994-95 as passenger flow dried up following the industrial recession. And Kota is becoming a major railway station served as an element for airplanes to part ways from the port. These flights will not only feed tourism, but will be a fortunate aid to the parents and students shuttling to the city.
There was an ongoing movement by the people of Kota to demand a new airport for our city before State Government finally decided to listen to their plea & take a step forward in this direction. See the full story of the movement, click here
Hung on Kota’s Hope: Hanging Bridge
The calendar read: 29th August 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated The “Hanging Bridge”.
This multifaceted bridge took ten years for its completion and about 200 crores were invested in the bridge over the Chambal river.
This 6-lane cable-stayed bridge is capable of handling extreme traffic-jam situations and is built to handle heavy rains, winds, storms, and is even equipped with earthquake notification which is sent to the control room of the bridge.
The Majestic Kota Dussehra Mela 2017
The calendar read: 21st September – 16th October 2017
Rendezvous at: Kota’s ” Dussehra Ground”
Celebrating the victory of good over evil, Nagar Nigam Kota organises the longest Dussehra fair if the nation, each yearThis year, in the 124th Dusshera Mela, Prominent artists from all over the country were invited to participate in cultural programmes, who enthralled the huge audience with their splendid performances.
Rich in elegant splendour and age-old legends, the Dussehra festival was marked by a glittering procession which attracted thousands from the surrounding villages and states. On the last day, the visitors of the fair enjoyed the impressive fireworks.
Photo credits : P C Photography
The Colorful “Carnival”
The calendar read: 27th September 2017
Rendezvous at: Kota’s “Country Inn & Suites”
Presented by Hermosa Design Studio, Carnival was Kota’s first uniquely organised event, where families of the city spent their time unitedly and created exquisite memories.
The event was sure a colourful one with Shopping Extravaganza (For the latest fashion trends for men, women, kids) and Lifestyle exhibition being the attraction. With some amazing events for the kids like Drawing & Painting Competition, Story Telling, Mom and Kids Zumba and a Magic
The event also managed to bring Comedian Nishant Tanwar (Joke Singh) to Kota City. The founding member of IPL (Improv Premier League), Delhi’s foremost improv comedy troupe made people roll with laughter. His on point jokes, clearly justified his his pseudonym Joke Singh.
Other events that made the evening revealing were Baking classes( from cake pops to cupcake decorations) and Nutrition and diet counselling sessions.
The celebratory “Kota Vintage & Musical Festival”
The calendar read: 8th October 2017
Rendezvous at: Kota’s “Maharao Ummed Singh Stadium”
Vintage Car & Motorcycle Rally, auto expo, & a music concert – All three merged into one beautiful event concept. These vintage cars from, before independence ran on the roads along with superbikes and power bikes. The rally started from Dussehra maidan and ended at Maharao Ummed Singh stadium. After that, all the vehicles were put on an exhibition for the people to view. At evening, a musical concert was organised.
Organisers: The Music Club; DJC; Kota Dussehra Mela 2017
The glittery “Kota Lantern Festival”
The calendar read: 14th October 2017
Rendezvous at: Kota’s “Shyam Prasad Mukherjee stadium, Talwandi”
The sky filled 15000 beautiful lanterns was a sight for sore eyes. Attended by the most young & energetic crowd of the city, the Lantern Fest managed to surprise us with many innovative concepts that wooed everyone.
The festival encouraged us to celebrate pollution-free Diwali and to keep our environment values intact. It was a wonderful way of celebrating togetherness.
Organisers: Mahaveer International NGO & Rajasthan Blog
“Era of Elegance” –Wedding & Lifestyle Exhibition
The Calendar read: 4th – 5th November 2017
Rendezvous at: Kota’s “Shri Maheshwari Bhawan”
It was the first grand Lifestyle & Wedding Exhibition in the city.
Exhibitors from Kota, Jaipur, Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh etc. participated. Exclusive designer jewellery, fashion clothing, bridal collection and other accessories were put on display. Exhibitor’s of the show exhibited their latest and advanced products and services like Floral & Stage Design, Wedding Stationary, Limousine Services, Beauty / Hair Services & Products and many more. Food show and Food and knowledge seminar were the main attractions of the exhibition. It was definitely a new shopping experience for the city.
The enchanting “Utsav 2017”
The calendar read: 18th November
Rendezvous at: Kota’s “Siona Restaurant”
A quintessential setup under the stars, that tricked minds and trapped souls, UTSAV was brought to life for the people of Kota to thrive. Souls having a fascination for folk music and culture attended UTSAV 2017 for a blissful experience. It was a resplendent amalgam of euphonious music & enticing cuisine.
UTSAV featured a MTV coke-studio famed group of folk musicians, everybody enjoyed the melody of Kamaicha and the evergreen Khartal.
Organisers: Siona Restaurant; Kota City Blog; Maya Events
The Appetizing “Kota Food Festival”
The calendar read: 18th-19th November 2017
Rendezvous at: Kota’s “Art Gallery Road”
Parindo ka Safar along with Rajasthan Tourism organized an event called ‘Kota Food Festival’. There were diverse varieties of foods and beverages and visitors learned multiple new tricks and recipes along with savouring the dishes. It was a memorable assemble of amazing Rajasthani food.
The food fest was all about making people acquainted with the culinary art and the fact that it takes a lot of creative efforts and craftsmanship to develop the flavour that satiates one’s taste buds. Only sad part about the Festival is we couldn’t taste Kota’s favourite Kachori during the 2 days of carnival.
The two-day enduring event was not merely about food, but displayed the virtue of Rajasthani culture and folk art.
Pedagogic “Career Utsav 2017”
The calendar read:8th – 10th December 2017
Rendezvous at: Kota’s Commerce College Ground
One of India’s biggest educational fair, “Career Utsav” was inaugurated by the celebrated writer and motivational speaker, Chetan Bhagat. He gave a motivational speech on the topic” Do what you love, Love what you do”.
16 seminars were held and about 40 stalls were set by universities to serve the students and their parents with the required information.
The kernel objective of Career Utsav was to assist students to decide the best options for their graduation and how to pursue them.. The three-day programme included the Panel discussion and interactive session. Topics such as “the current situation, except engineering” were broadly discussed.
Organiser: Eatos Events
The prismatic 6th Annual Photo Exhibition(JPC)
The calendar read: 22nd- 24th December 2017.
Rendezvous at: Kota’s “Art Gallery, near Kishore Sagar Talav”
Every year Jaipur Photographers’ Club organises their annual exhibition and the purpose is to display the exceptional work of photographers from across the globe who send their entries for participation.
The exhibition displayed brilliant photographs on various themes. For the very first time JPC decided to organise the exhibition outside Jaipur, thus Kota got the opportunity.
Some brilliant photographers from Kota also made to the prestigious JPC Annual Photo Exhibition. Their photographs were exhibited along with 125 other selected photographs.
Organisers: Jaipur Photographers’ Club, Kota City Blog & Kota Photographers’ Club
Embracing the tigers at “Mukundra Hills’
(Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary in Kota)
The MHTR covers four districts namely Kota, Bundi, Chittor and Jhalawar. The Mukundra Hills area was declared and notified as Tiger Reserve in 2013, but was approved for tiger habitation on September 1, 2017.
In the first phase, three tigers, two females and one male are proposed to be shifted from Ranthambore National Park (RNP) to MHTR, by December.
The shifting of tigers in MHTR would boost tourism and help generate employment in Hadoti region. Now, the tourists visiting Kota would set the schedule for a few days stay and visit MHTR rather than passing through the city in a day. The wildlife activists in Hadoti region are happy with the decision.
Various other ideas were brought to life, with the consciousness and support of the people of the city. The year was indeed full of various flavours and quintessential opinions. The Music Club with their quirky “Open Sunday jam”, the euphorian Ghazal Nights at The mug, the enlightening Meetups at Mr. Tea Cafe, Poetry Sessions by OMC, were some of the many happenings that supplied us with new fold predilections. En masse, the year was a splendid ride with certainly some shortcomings as well. Let’s see what 2018 has in store for us!!
2018 has started & Kota City is ready to host many beautiful experiences. Welcome 2018 with Chambal Challenge by Inshape Runners’ Club, an ultra running challenge, following up we’ll have Kota Schools Art Exhibition by Kota Heritage Society & then a major event of the city “Walk-O-Run 2018” will take place on 25th Feb, 2018