Winter’s chilling breeze, brighter moon nights, and the songs of the desert!! On splendid chilling October evenings, when the sun is setting and the sky is filled with orange and reddish hues, you hear light music passing by your ears and the wind embracing your skin gently. You must already be fancying a festive ambiance but the actual experience is truly beyond words.
Do you know what the most amazing part of this festival is? It is the performances at dawn with the backdrop of illuminated Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada and clock tower! Everybody wrapped in shawls and sweaters occupy their place on the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, to enjoy the enthralling music of Rajasthani Folk musicians. This is undoubtedly a soulful musical festival much far from conventional electronica, rock-metal clones, or mainstream tunes.
The organizing team tastefully brings the best of folk musicians from across the world and into an unparalleled fusion with the traditional artists of Rajasthani folk, the Langas and the Manganiyars. You can imagine a melodious confluence of west and the east , the Rabab and Jazz, the Sarangis and Guitars, Violins and Morchang! Various artists, languages, instruments and music genres meet and jam on the main stage. This is exactly how the setting of Jodhpur’s Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) is, which is conducted every year in and around Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort.
Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival is among the world’s top 25 music concerts which soak you totally into Rajasthani culture. This year, the fest is being conducted from 13th to 17th October. The event goes on from day to night where amazing performers showcase their area of expertise and enthrall the spectators. From Rajasthani folk music to traditional dances, from circus acts to plays, everything keeps people engaged throughout.
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The Festival should not to be missed by anyone because this can only be experienced once in a year. The schedule for this year’s RIFF is as below:
|13-Oct||Children’s Folk Morning||9.30 AM to 2.00 PM||Veer Durgadas Memorial Park,
|Opening Night – Variety City Concert||8.30 PM to 10.00 PM|
|14-Oct||1) Jodhpur RIFF DAWNS with the Meghwal of Marwar||5.30 AM to 7.30 AM||Jaswant Thada (outside
|2) Kahaniyan Kahan hai?||11.00 AM to 1.00 PM||Chokelao Bagh (Mehrangarh
|3) Living Legends I||5.45 PM to 7.15 PM||Lift Terrace
|4) MOODY RIFF||7.45 PM onwards||Old Zenana Courtyard
|5) Desert Lounge (all acoustic, traditional – from Rajasthan)||11.30pm onwards||Rao Jodha Park (Mehrangarh
|15-Oct||1) RIFF DAWNS with Bhaga Khan Manganiyar||5.30 AM to 7.30 AM||Jaswant Thada (outside
|2) Where do we go from here? An interaction with the next generation of Langa and Manganiyar musicians and their teachers. In Residence II – a series of interactive sessions with our custodians of culture||11.00 AM to 1.00 PM||Chokelao Bagh (Mehrangarh
|3) Living Legends II||5.45 PM to 7.15 PM||Lift Terrace
|4) STRINGS and BEATS||7.45 PM onwards||Old Zenana Courtyard (Mehrangarh Fort)|
|5) CLUB MEHRAN||11.30 PM onwards||Venue to be confirmed|
|16-Oct||1) RIFF DAWNS with Smita Bellur||5.30 AM to 7.30 AM||Jaswant Thada (outside Mehrangarh Fort)|
|2) Winds of the Thar – The aero-phonic instruments of Rajasthan In Residence III – a series of interactive sessions with our custodians of culture||11.00 AM to 1.00 PM||Chokelao Bagh (Mehrangarh Fort)|
|3) MOONRISE SPECIAL||5.30 pm to 7.00 pm||Jaswant Thada (outside Mehrangarh Fort)|
|4) INSIGHTS||7.30 PM onwards||Old Zenana Courtyard (in Mehrangarh Fort)|
|5) RIFF Rustle at Club Mehran with Ben Walsh and a pick of Rajasthani and international artists from the festival||11.30 PM onwards||Old Zenana Courtyard (in Mehrangarh Fort)|
|17-Oct||RIFF DAWNS with Jasleen Kaur Monga and Gurmat sangeet||5.30 AM to 7.30 AM||Jaswant Thada (outside Mehrangarh Fort)|
Revel in the festivities of Jodhpur RIFF and experience a luxurious stay at the royal palace Ajit Bhawan- India’s First Heritage Hotel! For more details you may visit http://www.ajitbhawan.com and http://www.ajitsuites.com