The picturesque Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur will come alive with the strains of lilting folk music and Indo-Western collaborations at the fifth Rajasthan International Folk Festival this year.
Beginning October 11, the festival that finds itself amongst the top 25 music festivals in the world will feature artists from around the world including US, Holland, Myanmar, Australia and Nepal besides the host state Rajasthan.
"Rajasthan International Folk Festival is one of the few Indian festivals that is recognised internationally. It is the only one to be endorsed by UNESCO for its values and its commitment to showcase the talent of artists," says festival director Divya Bhatia.
Members of the Manginiyar community, who are professional folk artists from Jodhpur, will feature prominently in the festival this year.
Tribal dance and music from Marwar, near Udaipur, will also delight music aficionados. In the international line up, the eclectic performances include French, Spanish and Dutch songs.
The five-day festival aims to give an international platform to talented Rajasthani folk artists, at par with international artists.
"The focus is on the talent and skill of the artists. We are not doing this to promote tourism in the state. Our aim is to provide a dedicated platform to Rajasthani folk artists to showcase their talent alongside international artists, and not as a prop or exotica," says the director.