Rajasthan International Folk Festival
Begun in 2007, the Jodhpur RIFF brings together more than 250 Musicians and performing artists from across Rajasthan and around the world to celebrate their musical heritage and create new sounds through innovative collaborations, for five days in October each year.
Timed to coincide with the brightest full moon of the year in north India, Sharad Poornima, Jodhpur RIFF features a series of spectacular concerts and events based in and around Mehrangarh Fort - voted "Asia's Best Fortress" by Times Magazine.
Jodhpur RIFF includes performances by master musicians from local Rajasthan communities, sensational headline acts showcased each night on the Main Stage, and cutting-edge global dance grooves that will keep the party going late into the night at Club Mehran. Interactive daytime sessions for visitors, school children and families are staged against the breathtaking backdrop of the Fort.
The Jodhpur RIFF is a joint initiative of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust and the Jaipur Virasat Foundation. www.jodhpurfolkfestival.org
World Sufi Spirit Festival
The World Sufi Spirit Festival of Nagaur and Jodhpur, unique in India, welcomes the most beautiful of sacred traditions from the Orient, the East and Africa, while showing off the wealth of Rajasthan’s traditional heritage, a heritage at the crossroads of Indian, Afghan, Moghol, Arab and Persian civilisations, between Hinduism and Sufi Islam.
The majestic architecture of the Ahhichatragarh and Mehrangarh Forts seem to be the most appropriate places in India to taste a spirit of music, dance and poetry, steeped in a sense of beauty, fulfilment and eternity. Thus these two prestigious sites, through their history and architectural refinement, will open the door to a musical voyage of initiation into another world. The intimate setting of Ahhichatragarh Fort in Nagaur, this small town in the heart of rural Rajasthan, offers a knowledgeable and well-travelled public arriving from the four corners of the world, the chance to taste the rarity of Indian music and to celebrate a full moon that will cast its immaculate white light onto these ancient walls.www.worldsufispiritfestival.org
The traditional festivals at Mehrangarh are celebrated with a view to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Marwar.
- Gangaur –The festival of Gangaur is celebrated annually with great fanfare. A ceremonial procession of Gangaur mataji proceeds from the fort into the old city with active involvement of the city.
- Dussehra – It is observed on the 10th day of the bright half of Asoja (Sep. - Oct.) in commemoration of Rama's victory over Ravana. It is the culmination of the Navaratri Festival, nine nights held in honour of Durga, the warrior Goddess. A traditional Dussehra Darbar is held on this day, where His Highness performs Shastra Puja along with his clansmen. A ceremonial procession of Rama begins from the fort and concludes in the city.