Rajasthan International Folk Festival


Rajasthan International Folk Festival is an annual music and art festival organized to promote traditional folk music and arts held at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Rajasthan International Folk Festival (or Jodhpur RIFF or Jodhpur folk festival) is an annual music and art festival organized to promote traditional folk music and arts held at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

The Jodhpur RIFF took off in 2007 and it's been growing in distinction and popularity ever since. Hardly surprising, considering it attracts a galaxy of top-notch musicians from across India and all around the world coming together in a place as striking as Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort. The RIFF (October 5th - 9th this year) has been endorsed by UNESCO as a "People's Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development." H.H. Gaj Singh II, Maharaja of Jodhpur is its chief patron and Sir Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones is the international patron. You'll also have the rare chance to stay in exclusive tents within the fort during the festival. Oh, and did we mention- the RIFF takes place during the night of the brightest full moon of the year in north India!

RIFF fully entices the enthusiasm of inhabitants of Rajasthan for consecutive five days with the help of most sizzling performances given by local and international artisans. The RIFF society assures to produce new sounds and observe different musical heritages each year through innovative associations of over 250 musicians and performing artists. Alternatively, it is known as the Jodhpur Folk Festival started in year 2007 and since then the highly sensational performances have been deeply transporting the emotions of the swarmed. Mehrangarh Fort of the blue city, Jodhpur plays a host to this musical sensation and a series of spectacular events and musical concerts start flowing through all its corners as the sun goes to embrace the horizon during Sharad Poornima and thus make the whole scene culturally one of its kind. You may also become wordless after seeing the cutting-edge global dance grooves and headline acts presented every night on desired dates on the Main Stage and hence will keep it like a never-ending late night party. However, school kids, families and interactive day time sessions are also scheduled against the background of this remarkable fortress.

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The Jodhpur folk festival 2017 guarantees some of the most sizzling performances from local and international artisan. As the sun goes to embrace the horizon, divine music begin flowing through every corner of the Mehrangarh Fort making the crowd enraptured with the true spirit of Rajasthan. RIFF Jodhpur features a series of events and concerts based in and around Mehrangarh Fort. Besides, opening of the folk festival 2017 is timed to coincide with the brightest full moon of the year in north India that is called, Sharad Purnima. Voted as "Asia's Best Fortress" by Times Magazine, Mehrangarh Fort gets decorated as the beautiful bride during this Folk festival. Rajasthan folk festival- Jodhpur festival- RIFF includes performances by some musician maestros from local Rajasthan communities, by showcasing sensational headline acts each night on the master stage, and sharp global dance grooves. This will surely keep the party banging till late at the Club Mehran. Interactive daytime sessions for visitors, school children and families are staged against the breathtaking backdrop of the Fort. Rajasthan International Folk Festival Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur. The Rajasthan International Folk Festival showcases the vitality and energy of Rajasthani culture with live performances in the stunning surroundings of Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort. Vocal recitals, folk mornings and dawn and sunset devotional concerts complete the performance schedule. The huge Mehrangarh Fort stands 400 feet above the skyline of Jodhpur and is a truly breathtaking festival setting. Traditional Rajasthani folk, jazz and gypsy dance music feature on the Rajasthani International Folk Festival evening programme.

Celebrated every year in the month of October, this 5-day festival is spearheaded by the RIFF society ( which includes the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and the Jaipur Virasat Foundation) since 2007. More than 200 musicians and artists unite to celebrate Rajasthan’s folk music and history. From a hippy jazz night to a comforting morning raga, witness the different genres of music under one roof. And it’s not just music, you can also see some ethnic dances being performed by the artists here.


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