Most famous fortifications are monuments to some despot’s hatred, greed, arrogance or ambition. But the Mehrangarh Fort is testament to the foresight and good taste of the current Maharaja, Gaj Singh II, who has helped making it a new symbol for the city, best known for the riding breeches that the English once discovered there.
High above the tumult, the fort’s most spectacular vista may be a glimpse of an India that is at once accessible and serene, properly respectful of the past and perfectly packaged. But, just in case it all seems too orderly, the cubistic warren of Jodhpur’s Blue City, a casaba mirroring the sky, is five kilometers of winding road away, packed with pastel-colored lanes offering everything India has ever made or bartered.
To say this palace comes with unobstructed views would be an understatement: in its shadow, the barren beginnings of the Thar Desert stretch for as far as the eye will allow.
Jodhpur’s Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), is a not-for-profit partnership project involving two of India’s leading heritage trusts: Mehrangarh Museum Trust and Jaipur Virasat Foundation. The festival has been endorsed by UNESCO as a “Peoples’ Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development.”
HH Gaj Singh of Marwar-Jodhpur is the Chief Patron of Jodhpur RIFF
Sir Mick Jagger, front man of the rock band The Rolling Stones is International Patron of Jodhpur RIFF.
RIFF, a festival timed to coincide with “Sharad Purnima” the brightest full moon of the year in north India which features a series of spectacular concerts and events based in and around Mehrangarh Fort, voted “Asia’s Best Fortress & Presents a platform for the folk and root musicians of Rajasthan with international music collaborations.
The festival aims to bring to life the folk music, which has been marginalized since independence, and impact the livelihood of the singers, Through festivals like these, folk musicians, “who aren’t getting enough opportunities in India to showcase their music”, are now known across the world.
Credits- Deepak soni