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The Cultural Enigma at Rajasthan International Folk Festival

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 20 days ago

The Rajasthan International Folk festival is held every year in Jodhpur, and this year, it starts on October 12th. This event is ideal for tourists as they will get a chance to sink into the local culture and experience the true flavor of traditional Indi

What the Festival is All About

The Rajasthan International Folk Festival was started in the year 2007and this event is held every year in the city of Jodhpur, and brings in hundreds of artists in a celebration of Rajasthan’s traditional music and dance forms. It is also known as the Jodhpur Folk Festival and has become one of the most popular music and arts festivals in India, and is endorsed by UNESCO as a cultural celebration. Book tours to Jodhpur to enjoy this enigmatic festival. 

The traditional art performances and entertainment acts are held around the beautiful Mehrangarh Fort and the festival is normally held during the period of Sharad Poornima. Beautiful folk dances and music forms from the deep interiors of Rajasthan are performed by prominent folk artists and this spectacle is witnessed by local and international tourists alike.

There will also be fusion performances, contemporary entertainment acts and a jazz night and Rajasthani night to entertain tourists.

A Peek at the Festival This Year

The event is being sponsored by Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, and will be held from the 12th of October to the 16th of October this year. The Vivanta by Taj Hari Mahal, The Gateway Hotel and the Umaid Bhawan Palace will host the artists and tourists who are planning a Jodhpur holiday in Rajasthan.

There will also be special interactive sessions for school children and their families. Live performances will be held against the breathtaking backdrop of the Mehrangarh Fort. This Folk Festival has now become an international event, attracting visitors from across the globe.

The Line Up of Events

This year, the interactive sessions will be held on the 13th, 14th and 15th from 11 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm. These sessions are held to highlight some of the traditional art forms of Rajasthan that are becoming extinct because of lack of support. The sessions in this year’s event will focus on two musical instruments (Thaalisar and Pawri) and a traditional art form which involves depictions of Hindu deities.

The fort festivities will include several performances highlighting the wonderful art forms from the various parts of Rajasthan. There will also be stage performances on international folk music and art forms and even fusion performances.These are held through the night, and the dawn is normally greeted with devotional performances.

The Jodhpur RIFF has become a major event for art lovers in the country. During the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur becomes even more of a favored destination in Rajasthan as tourists flock here to get a feel of the local culture.

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