Rajasthan is home to some of our most beloved sounds, the lament of the Sarangi and the Ravanhattha, the rhythm of the dhols and the tiny damrus, the beat of the khartal, and the call of the shehnai. The aesthetics of this music aside, there’s something about folk music that instinctively connects us to it. As has been said, “folk is the music of the people, by the people and for the people”.

Jodhpur RIFF, a partnership between the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and the Jaipur Virasat Foundation, is a celebration of this experience. This annual festival brings together the best of Indian and international folk music. Over 350 artists will enthrall us over a period of five days (October 5th -9th) in the fascinating city of Jodhpur.


*UPDATE – 15% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT EXTENDED TO 15TH SEPTEMBER* // Hailed as 'India's best (new) music festival' by The Guardian (UK), JodhpurRIFF promises a fascinating experience in a setting like no other. Over 350 artists from a range of musical cultures will converge at the 550 year old Mehrangarh fort in an ambience that will take your breath away. Dawn and dusk concerts, an all-acoustic midnight desert experience, interactive learning sessions with folk masters, uniquely curated and fostered collaborations, and much, much more complete the JRIFF experience. Visit our website www.jodhpurriff.org to download the full program and book tickets. Tickets also available on BookMyShow – https://in.bookmyshow.com/pune/events/jodhpur-riff/ET00061185A range of festival packages makes your entire experience hassle-free. These include regular shuttles from your hotel to the venue and back. Book them via our partner Eventraveler – https://eventraveler.com/jodhpur-riff#ticketsTo ensure a great festival experience, book early to avoid disappointment. *LAST FEW 15% DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD PASSES AVAILABLE UNTIL 15TH SEPTEMBER*

Posted by Jodhpur RIFF – Rajasthan International Folk Festival on jueves, 7 de septiembre de 2017

The festivities begin on the 5th with a free concert. The typical day begins at dawn, followed by an ode to dance through the day at the Mehrangarh museum. Evening concerts begin at 5:45 pm at Dhana Biyan Chatri, followed by the main event of the day at the Old Zenana Courtyard at the fort from 7:45 pm. The late night performance begins at 11:30 pm and is held across venues. While all three late night sessions feature eclectic music, my pick would be the RIFF Rustle, the jam session at the Old Zenana court on the last day.

If you were only doing one day then I would suggest the 6th, which begins at dawn when the melodic drone of the “Tandura”, the beat of the Jhanjh/ Manjira (small-paired cymbals), and the rhythm of the Dholak create the mood for the meditative strains of the bhajans of the Meghwal community. This is free for all. The highlight of the 6th is of course the Manganiyar brothers with Ladu Ram at 5:30 pm, followed by performance by Ghavri Devi of Pali at 7:45 pm and then an acoustic desert lounge at Rao Jodha Desert Park, just outside the Mehrangarh Fort. Spend the day walking around the Mehrangarh Museum and watch various forms of dance including the sensual Kalbeliya.

Eventraveler is proud to be the official package partner of Jodhpur Riff and offer multiple packages to suit every budget. Packages begin at INR 13,100 per person for two nights (7th-9th October). Packages include festival passes, accommodation on double occupancy, breakfast, transfers and taxes including the dreaded GST.

(Image by Oijo / JRIFF)

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