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Four-day Jaipur Foundation Day celebrations held
The Tourism Department of Rajasthan (TDR) organized the four-day Jaipur Sthapna Divas Samaroha (foundation day function) from November 18 to 21 this year as usual. Jaipur - the Pink City - was founded on November 18, 1727 A.D.

AN OPEN invitation to the residents of the city and tourists went like this: "You will be happy to know that the 285th anniversary of Jaipur is being celebrated with great pomp on 18th November, 2012, with the participation of artists, painters, philosophers, literary and cultural institutions and mighty citizens.

“On 20 November, on the sails of Jal Mahal, Mrs. Jyoti Kndelwal (Mayor) will be chief guest and the Mrs Durgesh Nandini (art fair and cultural committee chairman) will be special guests at the inauguration."

Musical Performance by Heat Strokes Band on Jaipur Foundation Day was organised on November 18, 2012. The other celebrations included folk dances, art fair, devotional songs, kite festival, poetry recitation. Dhundhadi (local language of Jaipur) Kavi Sammelan and Galibazi (Traditional abusing) were the other attractions of the celebrations.

History of the city holds that the modern Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the ruler of Amber, after whom the city has been named. Initially, his capital was Amber, which lies 11 km from Jaipur and he felt the need of shifting his capital city with the increase in population and growing scarcity of water.

Today too, many avenues of the city remain painted in pink, giving Jaipur a distinctive appearance and the name 'Pink City'.

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