Jodhpur RIFF, India's beloved roots music festival, is set to return this year and showcase the best of Indian and global roots music, dance, and never-before-seen collaborations. Under the brightest full moon of 2023, the festival will offer an incredible auditory experience like no other. It will take place within the grand medieval Mehrangarh Fort, adding to the enchanting atmosphere and providing a historical context for the musical explorations that await attendees.
Led by HH Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur, Chief Patron of the festival, Jodhpur RIFF aims to recognize and celebrate the incredible talent and heritage of folk artists. Over the past 16 years, the festival has played a vital role in the revival of Indian roots music, supporting traditional forms and providing a platform for both Indian and international artists. This year's edition of Jodhpur RIFF will feature scintillating music from countries such as France, Australia, Cabo Verde, Italy, and Estonia, alongside diverse Indian regions.
Additionally, Jodhpur RIFF 2023 will present graceful dance performances, where the intricate footwork and expressive movements of kathak dances will seamlessly blend with the rhythmic patterns of Rajasthani folk songs and percussion. This year’s edition promises to shine a distinct spotlight on Rajasthan's percussion instruments, including the dholak, bhapang, and the unique khartal. Audiences will have the opportunity to discover these lesser-known treasures from the world of Indian roots music through star-studded performances and insightful interactive sessions.
In line with its mission to introduce Rajasthan's rich folk music to audiences of all ages, Jodhpur RIFF will continue its tradition of the 'Bal Mela,' a dedicated program for school children. The Bal Mela offers interactive performances from various Rajasthani folk troupes, showcasing traditions such as ghoomer, kathputli, kachchi ghodi, teraah taali, and even Rajasthan's very own circus. This unique program allows children to witness their peers presenting ancestral music, fostering a deeper appreciation for the region's cultural heritage.
Jodhpur RIFF 2023 will also witness fascinating musical collaborations, both international and Indian. These collaborations aim to create a platform where roots artists are recognized on par with artists from all traditions. By combining classical and folk traditions of India, the festival seeks to showcase the equal stature and regard of these diverse musical forms. This includes showcasing unique cross-genre collaborations such as Rajasthani folk artists collaborating with contemporary jazz musicians and percussionists.
With its celebration of varied and complex musical forms, Jodhpur RIFF has earned its reputation as one of the most acclaimed roots music festivals in the world. The upcoming edition promises to further cement this reputation, offering an unforgettable experience for music enthusiasts and cultural explorers alike. From the soulful Dawn Concerts to the vibrant performances on the Zenana Courtyard Stage, the festival will showcase living legends, independent musicians, and even offer dance bootcamps for enthusiastic participants. The Club Mehran will host late-night performances,and on the final day, as per tradition, the gala event will be concluded with a grand jam or 'rustle' led by collaborating artists. Don't miss this unmissable musical extravaganza that promises to leave a lasting impression on your heart and soul.
Jodhpur RIFF 2023
Venue: Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan
Date: 26-30 October, 2023
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