CNN Intl visits India for 'Art of Life' special

MUMBAI: News broadcaster CNN International has announced that its show Art Of Life, which is hosted Monita Rajpal travels to India. She takes part in a unique polo match in the fabled pink city of Jaipur in Rajasthan. She meets the founder of the Elephant Family charity, and has personal shopping time with British supermodel and photographer Jacquetta Wheeler.

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, also known as the "Pink City", is about 250 km from Delhi and was founded by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1727. The city is famous for its Amber Fort, textile and jewellery industries and is home to the Cartier Elephant Polo Cup, one of the most spectacular and memorable events in the Indian Social Calendar. Monita gets to the centre of the action of this exciting and visually stunning game which is both a joy to play and watch. Four teams take part and the event attracts a heady mixture of major international and Indian celebrities, with Monita’s team being captained by Kylie Minogue’s boyfriend, the French actor Olivier Martinez.

The polo competition is again being played in aid of the Elephant Family, a UK-based charity promoting the humane treatment of the Asian elephant. Monita talks to the founder of the Elephant Family and learns how the charity is ensuring the fair treatment of Elephants by working with both polo owners and riders. The charity also supports several conservation projects in the area, and is working to increase sponsorship of elephants to ensure their wellbeing and survival in increasingly tough conditions.

After a spot of polo, there is only one other thing left to do on her calendar and that is to hit the famous shops and bazaars of Jaipur! British supermodel Jacquetta Wheeler, previously named Model of the Millennium by ‘The Face’ magazine, takes Monita on a treasure hunt, trawling through Jaipur’s ancient bazaars.

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