New Delhi-26th August: Jodhpur RIFF, included amongst the
leading international music festivals in the world, is back
again this year from 17-21st October at the majestic Mehrangarh
Fort and in the 'blue city' - Jodhpur, much to the delight
of music lovers. This 5-day festival, now in its 7th year,
continues to bring together interlinked and distinct musical
strands to create a full programme around the exceptional
variety of Rajasthani traditional and global roots music.
This genre-independent festival includes unique events from
dawn to dusk, from devotional concerts to hip club nights
and exciting collaborations between Rajasthani and Nordic,
British, West Asian and Australian artists
and classical mornings, interactive daytime immersive sessions,
unusual dances and beautiful evenings in the famous 'Desert
all under the full moon sky.
Announcing the 2013 edition of the Jodhpur RIFF, HH Maharaja
Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur-Marwar and Patron of the Festival
said, "Jodhpur RIFF is emerging as a fine example of
an excellent confluence of music, cultures and heritage. This
amalgamation reveals the richness of our musical traditions
on a global platform. The beauty of Jodhpur RIFF lies in the
fact that while it is musically extravagant, it maintains
its rustic simplicity and commitment to its vision and ethos."
Reflecting on the festival's growth, Festival Director Mr.
Divya Bhatia adds, "We've built confidence in Jodhpur
RIFF amongst artists and audiences alike - here and abroad.
And we aim to continue to be relevant to both. As we evolve,
we will see more styles of traditional and modern performances
at the festival
those that are inextricably intertwined
Jodhpur RIFF is a partnership project involving two of India's
leading heritage trusts Mehrangarh Museum Trust (MMT) and
Jaipur Virasat Foundation (JVF).
Some of the highlights for this year are -
- Daud Khan Sadozai, master and living legend of the Robab,
an Afghani lute-like instrument, gives a virtuoso performance.
Daud Khan then collaborates with the young classical Sarangi
maestro Dilshad Khan and oud master Joseph Tawadros.
- Gypsy Allstars: The 'Gypsy Allstars" lead by Cedric
Leonardi, Mario Reyes and Antonio Carmona presenting a special
performance at RIFF this year - come to India for the first
time on a project called "Return to Rajasthan".
Their repertoire will include collaborations with Rajasthani
artists on new pieces, as well as new arrangements of some
iconic and joyful familiar songs - Volare, Bomboleo, Un
Amour and so many more.
- The Manganiyar of Marwar: Jodhpur RIFF presents glimpses
of the immense repertoire and varied skills of this prolific
musician community throughout the festival... including
a dawn concert featuring the vocal beauty of the brothers
Barkat and Jalal khan Manganiyar singing bhajans to the
folk deity Bananath; an interactive session with stalwarts
of the community; Manganiyar musicians at the Desert Lounge;
and the premiere of a new performance created by them.
- Desert Lounge: What started as an experiment has become
something quite special at Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur RIFF
presented a Sharad Poornima, all-acoustic Rajasthani folk
concert in the Rao Jodha Desert and Rock Park. Pradeep Krishen
(filmmaker, environmentalist and the curator/ designer of
the park) was inspired by the event and since then, has
arranged all-acoustic Manganiyar artists' concerts on every
full moon night between March-September this year. Jodhpur
RIFF 2013 will some of these and many more artists at its
second Sharad Poornima midnight concert on the 18th of October
- Introducing the folk accordion - with Linda Gytri (Norway)
and SPIRO (England): Jodhpur RIFF presents two groups from
Europe, both featuring the accordion, the hallmark of much
of the folk music of that continent, but set to very different
music. One, lilting and melodic and the other, mesmeric
- Jodhpur RIFF embarks on a new exploration of our relationships
to traditional music by looking at "Jahaji Music"
and "Bidesia in Bambai" - two documentary films
by Surabhi Sharma exploring the movement of Bhojpuri music
and a special performance on the Legacy of Bhikari Thakur
by Kalpana Patowary.
- Maru Tarang - collaboration between Jeff Lang, folk/jazz
singer, guitarist and songwriter and Asin Langa on Sindhi
Sarangi, accompanied by Bobby Singh on tabla and Bhungar
Manganiyar on khartal.
The festival is open to the public; donor passes will be
available online from August 26, 2013 at www.jodhpurriff.org