The Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), one of the top five indigenous music carnivals in the world, has a starry patron - Mick Jagger, lead vocalist of the Rolling Stones.
Jagger has agreed to become the patron and a mascot of the musical extravaganza, festival director Divya Bhatia said Wednesday.
The festival will be from Oct 10-14 at the historic Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, a communique said.
Soon after confirming his status as a patron for RIFF, the communique quoting the pop-rock sensation, said: “Last year's RIFF was heady. I really liked the way established names shared the stage with folk artists from India. The country offers such a wide variety of music and it is always interesting to hear the pure as well as the fusion forms."
“If you are combining different styles, there are bound to be influences but the roots remain intact. Jodhpur RIFF has got the balance just right,” Jagger said.
Jagger, who attended the festival last year, is yet to confirm his schedule.
The rock musician had stayed at the Umaid Bhawan Palace last year as a personal guest of Gajsingh, the former king of Jodhpur.
Gajsingh said Jagger's association with the festival would help promote it globally and reach out to a wider audience next year.
“Having a patron of his stature would provide the right endorsement to the RIFF. Last year, for instance, he took time off to speak to the media resulting in very positive interaction,” he said.
The festival will offer audiences an eclectic mix ranging from traditional folk from Rajasthan and other parts of India with exponents of Hindustani classical vocal and instrumental music.
It will also feature a leading Hungarian Gypsy band, an European jazz ensemble and recitals by a Franco-Canadian-Cajun multi-instrumentalist, British-Asian beat-boxer (musician) and French gypsy guitarist.