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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Musical divinity, an inch closer at Jodhpur RIFF

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New Delhi,
When the brightest full moon of the year will rise above its majestic walls, Jodhpur’s Mehrangarh Fort will come to life with the heartfelt warmth of roots music from across the world – at Jodhpur RIFF 2016! Acknowledged as being among one of the most interesting music festivals in the world, Jodhpur RIFF is an enriching experience of rustic Rajasthani music in amalgamation with global roots music, in a royal settingwith the blue city of Jodhpur as the stunning backdrop- all under a vast, moonlit sky. For many years now, Jodhpur RIFF has been like a musical pilgrimage attracting top-notch artists and connoisseurs of music alike. Basking in the serenity and vibrancy of melodies coming from the many corners of the fort, the century old Mehrangarh fort of Jodhpur resonates with soul-stirring music for five days, from dawn to dusk. From calm folk classical mornings to club nights, Jodhpur RIFF has it all. Jodhpur RIFF is an international platform for the folk musicians of Rajasthan. It gives them an opportunity to showcase their amazing, generations-old repertoire. It introduces them and its audiences to incredible roots musicians from across the world, creating a genere-independent experience. The result of the confluence is a rare, mesmerizing treat for music aficionados – unlike any on the music festival in the country. Over two-hundred fifty Rajasthani musicians and a hundred others participate in the festival. Jodhpur RIFF also provides an opportunity to witness rare Rajasthani folk instruments, meet and interact with legendary masters of the folk traditions and encounter some wonderful musicians at dawn and dusk….all in all, Jodhpur RIFF makes for a brilliant musical experience. Speaking on the significance of Jodhpur RIFF, the Patron of the festival HH Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur said,“The Rajasthani folk musicians are at the core of Jodhpur RIFF. It is important that they feel a sense of  pride and dignity, a sense of home and are able to present what their peers and elders consider authentic. At the same time, they realise that there are opportunities for them as artists in their own right – to create and to collaborate with exemplary musicians from across Rajasthan and around the world. And Jodhpur RIFF gives them both… this is why festivals like Jodhpur RIFF are important.” Jodhpur RIFF presents glimpses of the immense repertoire and varied skills of its musicians throughout the festival through a customary set of different musical series. Experience the soul of Rajasthan in the tranquility of the Dawn Concerts and the magic of the Desert Lounge at RaoJodha Park (full moonlit, acoustic, midnight gala to go on till the wee hours of the morning).Started as an experiment, the Dessert Lounge has become a roaring success because of the natural setting. The festival concludes in style with RIFF Rustle– the largest impromptu collaboration of artists performing at the festival. Every year, the festival appoints an artist as the 'rustler', who rustles up musicians from the festival to participate in this performance in pairs, quartets, or altogether.Apart from the customary performances, this year’s Jodhpur RIFF will bring the traditional storytelling forms of Rajasthan and their links to music under the aegis of its "Interactive Session" series.  It will also introduce audiences to the Wind Instruments of Rajasthan - from the Algoza to the Narh, the Shehnai and Morchang to the Murla/Murli. The director of the festival Divya Bhatia elaborates-“There are some new aspects to the festival this year, such as storytelling and some workshops, details of which will be announce closer to the festival. We try and bring in a new cultural or musical element or two, every year. It keeps us on our toes and keeps the festival fresh for the repeat visitors. As we enter our 10th year, we feel really confident that we can continue to innovate and experiment, and bring about the best that Rajasthani folk has to offer, along with some of the most exceptional artists of the world.”

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