The Jodhpur RIFF Folk Festival promised loads and didn’t disappoint. The coming together of history and tradition and music and dance, combined with Rajasthani hospitality at the majestic Mehrangarh Fort was always going to be a match made in heaven.
Around 250 musicians from Rajasthan and around the world put on a seriously impressive show in the grounds and around the ramparts of the Mehrangarh Fort, voted “Asia’s Best Fortress” by Time Magazine, for five days last week.
From dawn to well past dusk musicians treated festival goers to a damn good time.
Morning raagas ease festival goers into the day and when evening comes it’s time to see the sunset over the blue city. After dark the main stage comes alive and the music goes on into the wee hours.
During the day entertainment takes place in and around the massive fort. There’s music, dance and much merriment.
We also caught up with banjo player, Dan Walsh, nominated for best musician at this year’s BBC Folk Awards, jamming along with a Rajasthani drummer.
Want to know more? Then head on over to the RIFF website.
And if music festivals at imposing Rajasthani forts is your idea of fun, then the Sufi World Music Festival in February 2017 should be top of your to do list.