Rajasthan International folk festival popularly known as Jodhpur folk festival, started in year 2007; and from that very time, the Rajasthan International Folk Festival or RIFF society manages to gather more than 250 Musicians and performing artists from every nook and corner of the world under one roof. Every year in October for five days, RIFF celebrates different musical legacies and creates new echoes through innovative collaborations of connoisseur of folk arts & music.
Location- Mehrangarh Fort
Jodhpur RIFF includes performances by some musician maestros from local Rajasthan communities, by showcasing sensational headline acts each night on the master stage, and sharp global dance grooves. This will surely keep the party banging till late at the Club Mehran. Interactive daytime sessions for visitors, school children and families are staged against the breathtaking backdrop of the Fort.
This celebration of music organized in the Fort of Mehran Garh for four nights and three days of events under the brightest full moon or in “Sharad Purnima”. The fort is known for its sophisticated carvings & extensive yards has a long history to define. The Fort, that has raised a number of great warriors, is a representation of the wonderful royal lives and its martyrs and remarkable history in Rajasthani culture. And in this most expected moment when the Mehrangarh Fort decorates itself to welcome the annual Rajasthan International folk festival, its yards, gardens and lavish rooms, are filled with flowers and lights to celebrate music.
In the festival each part or place has a different theme: intimate, dramatic, peaceful or spiritual. Visitors can enjoy wandering in the gardens of chokhelao, discover the walls, or party in the beautiful city Jodhpur. This fort can also be visited for the Maharaja’s collection of weapons, books and exclusive manuscripts, small paintings, and bright artistic work of art.
The folk festival promises some of the most sizzling performances from local and international artists. The shows starts after the sunset, and the heartwarming and soulful music begin to reverberate through every corner of the Mehrangarh Fort making the crowd enchanted with the essence of Rajasthan culture and music. Artists like Samandar Khan Manganiyar, Jamuna Devi, Ustad Bahauddin Dagar, Sona Mohapatra, Ali Mohammed, Babunath Jogi, Pandit Hariharsharan Bhatt along with his brother Brijbhushan Bhatt play different musical instrument to make the environment divine. All kinds of musical instruments like tabla, violin, sarangi, sitar, mridangam, as well as classical dancers from all of the country take part in this heritage musical event.
The festival has been endorsed by UNESCO as a “Peoples’ Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development.”
Jodhpur RIFF 2014 this year is featuring more than 200 Rajasthani Artists including Musician of the Manganiyar, Kalbeliya, langa,Jasnath and other communities; Interactive sessions & Workshops with Rajasthani percussionists; Rajasthani collaborations wuth artists from around the world; Club Nights, Dawn concerts and plenty of more events.
Rajasthan International folk festival (RIFF) 2014 Dates- 08 – 12 October 2014
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