Jodhpur Riff Festival
Jodhpur, the bustling desert city of Rajasthan is known for its culture and traditions, Rajasthani fairs and festivals, forts and palaces, and tranquil temples. Painted in a vivid shade of blue, this "blue city" glows in the shadow of golden sand and every year reverberates with the sound of music at Rajasthan international folk festival. One of the most awaited music festivals of India, it continues from dawn to dusk set in a stark background of the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. A splendid stage with an incredible opportunity for traditional artists to showcase their talent in front of the world, Jodhpur Riff Festival is all about the language of music. An incredible amalgamation of culture, heritage, and music, this festival exhibits the richness of music traditions in India.
An exotic concert of music, it displays an amazing combination of all kinds of global music with conventional Rajasthani Music as well. An event of five days, this festival organized in the royal city of Jodhpur fill it with an excitement incomparable. Musicians and artists from all around the globe come together to celebrate the oneness of music. The interesting blend of folk and international music presents the innovativeness of the festival and defines the art of music in a completely new state. It focuses on excavating new talents and uncovering the hidden tales of the glorious past of the city through its beguiling music.
First organized in the year 2007, the success of the Rajasthan international folk festival brought a new morning to the field of folk music in India. The Riff society formed by Mehrangarh Museum Trust and the Jaipur Virasat Foundation tried to recreate successfully the same magic every year since then. Adorned with events from local folk dance kalberia, gypsy dance and other folk dances to jazz night, rock band performances and different versions of qawwalis add the new flavor to the festival. Coinciding with the day of Sharad Poornima i.e. the day of the brightest full moon, this enchanting and spellbinding music festival lightens up with each performance.
The festival in 2013 witnessed for the very first time the collaboration of music outside the usual Rajasthani folk and performance by some great artists and music maestros. Daud Khan Sadozi, the living legend of Robab from Afghanistan graced the festival with his talent and various aspects of Bhojpuri music were also explored through two documentaries. Once again, the Jodhpur Riff Festival 2014 is all ready to set the Jodhpur city on fire with its new theme and list of all new events. The Jazz night, the Rajasthani night, gypsy dance, and other events will display the relics of Rajasthani music culture. Endorsed by UNESCO as a "Peoples' Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development", this music festival with its heartwarming and soulful music is all set for a power-packed comeback.
The vibrant city of Jodhpur quirking to the raw beats of an assortment of several musical instruments adds a mystic aura to this already mysterious desert city of India. Take place every year in October; theJodhpur Riff Festival has been a blessing in disguise for music lovers from all over the world. An enchanting potpourri of several events, it is an event worth attending. Filled with musical notes and ragas, this festival of divine music will leave no leaf unturned to touch your heart and entrance every part of your soul.