Taking place for five days and nights at the mighty 500 year old Mehrangarh Fort overlooking the beautiful blue city, the Jodphur RIFF Folk Festival has established itself on the international calendar as a music festival of some repute.
For the past four years international music magazine Songlines has voted the Jodphur RIFF as one of the best 25 international music festivals. That’s not a bad going for a event that’s not yet turned ten years old.
This year’s festival, the ninth, once again promises to deliver. Around 250 musicians from Rajasthan, the rest of India and around the world will gather in the grounds and around the ramparts of the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, voted “Asia’s Best Fortress” by Time Magazine.
This five day festival starts early and finishes late. Acts take to the stage to welcome sun with early morning ragas from 5.30am. And, as you would expect, the music goes on well into the night and the early hours.
The final acts take to the stage at 11.30pm, but it won’t be dark. Festival goers will be bathed in the beautiful moonlight. The festival is timed each year to coincide with Shard Purnima, the brightest full moon of the year in north India.
It’s a not for profit festival that has some big fans. Sir Mick Jagger, a man who needs no introduction, is the International Patron. His Royal Highness Gaj Singh of Marwar – Jodhpur is the Chief Patron, and it has been endorsed by UNESCO as a “Peoples” Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development”.
Interested? For a full run down of what’s happening, who’s playing, on what, where, and how to get there and get tickets, check out the Jodphur Riff Festival Website.
Book before the 20th September and you’ll benefit from an early bird rate.
Photo: By Varun Shiv Kapur (Flickr: Jodhpur RIFF) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons