Rajasthan International Folk Festival, popularly known as Jodhpur RIFF is a non-profit 5-day festival that is organized by Jaipur Virasat Foundation and Mehrangarh Museum Trust. It is celebrated at Mehrangarh Fort which is crowned with Asia’s Best Fortress by Time Magazine”. An interesting fact about the festival is that it has garnered appreciation even by UNESCO as “Peoples Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development”. The festival is held around Sharad Purnima when the moon is full, bright and clear, up in the sky and you can connect with the cosmos and the divine energy through music.
Talking about the historical significance of the venue Mehrangarh Fort has been the symbol and pride of Rajput rulers and it still stands tall guarding their culture and legends. The fort was chiselled to perfection with a tinge of the Mughal and the Rajputana architecture on a hill that’s 400 ft above the ground. Mehrangarh fort is exactly a manifestation of a bold and beautiful structure from the history.
Pabuji ki Phach, Maand, and Panihari are a few different folk music styles that sing the tales of the bygone era in the most melodious ragas and surs. These music styles define the rich heritage of Rajasthan’s folk music and make it an incredible part of India’s cultural history. This festival is an attempt to keep the folk art, and music of Rajasthan alive and kicking. This year the festival is expected to witness renowned folk artists such as Dare Khan Manganiyar, Chiranji Kanji, Shamsuddin, Anwar Khan, and Pampa Khan Manganiyar.
Apart from the legends, one will also get to listen to young musicians like vocalist Jayateerth Mevundi, and bands like Asia Manga, Sondorgo a Hungarian Band, and Bixiga 70 which is a Brazilian Music band. Also, Rajasthan is considered to be the centre of folk festivals in India. Rajasthani folk dance such as ghoomar, kalbeliya, Bhavai has got world-class recognition. They are old age dance forms that have been saved and flourished by the local professional dancers in Rajasthan.
The Jodhpur Riff festival is a platform that connects classical music lovers to the master musicians. This 5-day festival accommodates concerts under the moonlight, events, exhibitions, interactive sessions and more. The festival was initiated in 2007 and since then it has been a regular affair at the Mehrangarh Fort.
Jodhpur is known as Blue city and sun city and here is why! The geographical location of the city is such that the sun shines bright in the sky for all 365 days, which is why it’s called Sun City. The inhabitants found the solution to beat the heat in wall paints as they painted their homes with blue colour to stay cool in the scorching heat, which gave the city the name of Blue City.
Local Rajasthani Artists. This year in Jodhpur RIFF 2020, several Rajasthani artists are aligned to deliver their sparkling performances. The list includes some popular names in the land of Rajasthan such as Shamsuddin(Maand), Kamaycha Ghewar, Khan Manganiyar, Vocalist Anwar Khan, The Living Legend will give a smashing performance.
Jayateerth Mevundi. Pandit Jayateerth Mevundi is an Indian classical vocalist of the Kirana Gharana. It can be expected that the festival will be graced by the soulful music from the blessed voice of this classical singer. some of the famous albums of Jayateerth Mevundi are Bolava Vitthal, Theertha Vittala, Jayateerth Mevundi etc.
Sondorgo. It is a tamburitza band. A band of five members including Aron Eredics, David Eredics, Attila Buzas, Salamon Eredics and Benjamin Eredics.The tambura is a musical instrument which looks like a mandolin.
Davy Sicard. He is a french musician entertaining the music lovers since ages. He is best known for his album Ker Maron in 2006 and Kabar in 2008. His last album had come out in the year of 2016 named Mon Zanfan.
Maru Tarang. A great Rajasthani musical group that has emerged as one of the significant names in the Rajasthani Folk Singing zone. The band members are guitarist Jeff Lang, tabla maestro Bobby Singh, sarangi master Asin Kahn Langa and famous Rajasthani instrumental music khartal player Bhungar Manganiyar.
Explore the Ancient Temples. Apart from the memorable musical treat, one can also explore the temples in the Mehrangarh fort premises. The Chamunda Mata temple and the Nagnechi Ji temple will sooth your spiritual nerves while the heroic tales of the idols will leave you spellbound. Mingle with the locals for the exclusive Rajasthani food and interesting stories.
Admire the Mesmerizing Fort. The Mehrangarh fort premises accommodate multiple mesmerizing palaces or mahals. For instance, there is Sheesh Mahal that has been adorned with intricate mirror work, Moti Mahal where the king would reside on its throne and would address the serious matters, and Phool Mahal which used to be the king’s private place to relax.
Visit the Garden. Chokelao Garden is another popular tourist attraction in the fort. This bagh or garden is believed to be 200 years old and certainly, it carries the scents and fragrances of history. But there is a catch, the best time to visit the garden is not in the daylight but the evening, as the garden gets lit up by the soft moonlight. The upper terrace of the garden has a restaurant where one can wrap the beautiful day with the moon and the flowers in full bloom in the backdrop.
Food. Festivals are incomplete without food and especially when you are in Jodhpur! Raab, Lapsi, Bajre ka Sogra, Badam Halwa, and Chandaliya Sabji are some traditional dishes from the Jodhpuri Cuisine. The street food of Jodhpur is equally popular and leaves you to crave for more. Mirchi Badaa, Ghewar, pyaaz ki kachori are some popular street foods that you can savour during your stay.
Safari. Desert safari is another activity that you can plan if you wish to see the sunset in the desert or wander in the never-ending landscapes, who knows you may encounter the never seen before species of flora or fauna!
Air. Jodhpur has its own airport which is approximately 8 kilometres away from Mehrangarh Fort where the Musical Festival is organised. The airport is well-connected to other major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru. The airport receives regular flights accompanied by renowned airline services such as Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet etc. Once you reach the airport you can take a bus, auto or taxi to reach the fort.
Rail. Jodhpur Railway Station is well-connected to other major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. The railway station is approximately 6 kilometres away from Mehrangarh Fort. These are some frequent trains that connect Jodhpur to other major metropolitan cities of India such as Chennai-Jodhpur Express, Howrah-Jodhpur Express, Suryanagari Express, Jaisalmer-Delhi Express.
Road. Jodhpur has got great road connectivity with nearby regions as well as major cities of India. If you are heading from Delhi to Jodhpur, several buses run frequently. You can get public buses, Volvo Buses and many more. The nearest cities to Jodhpur are Pipar(61.3 km), Pali(67.5 km), Samadari(74.8 km), Bilara (80.8 km) etc.
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29 October 2020 - 02 November 2020
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