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
The five-day festival aims to give an international
platform to talented Rajasthani folk artists, at par with
"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.