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Ranthambore Festival Returns for Second Edition

The folk music and wildlife conversation festival will take place from January 19th to 21st at the famous Nahargarh Palace

Riddhi Chakraborty Jan 16, 2018

Nahargarh Palace will host the Ranthambore Festival. Photo: Courtesy of Ranthambore Festival

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After a successful run with over 3000 attendees in January 2017, Ranthambore Festival returns for a second edition this month. The music and wildlife conversation festival will take place from January 19th to 21st at Nahargarh Palace in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan.

Artists on the lineup include Bollywood actor and musician Farhan Akhtar and his band Farhan Akhtar Live, 12-person nagara ensemble led by Ajmer-based percussionist Nathulal Ji Solanki, Mumbai singer-songwriter Shubhangi Joshi‘s live collaboration with Gujarat’s Kanha Ram on ektara and khartaal and Maharana Mohan Govind on gadha gambhira, followed by Ram Swaroop on bakri ki masak, Israeli trio Faran Ensemble, Bangaladeshi musician Labik Kamal, international world music ensemble Trio Benares from Germany and acclaimed folk singer Rami Devi.

In addition to showcasing Rajasthan and Kutch’s rich musical traditions, the Ranthambore Festival will host film screenings, art exhibitions, conversations with wildlife conservationists, offer activities like heritage bicycle tours, tiger safaris, naked-eye stargazing activities with local tribal interpretations and host a food festival. The event will also feature several workshops on block printing, pottery and toy making, as well as a series of ancient folk instrument revival workshops featuring masterclasses on how to play the khartaal and bhapang, conducted by maestros Imamuddim Khan and Mehmood and Yusuf Khan, respectively.

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“Ranthambore Festival is unlike any other festival in its intent and its experience, and to be a part of a collective effort to showcase and revive India’s forgotten musical traditions is something I cherish, not just as an artist but also as a person,” says Sufi singer and actor Zila Khan, who is also the festival program director.

Organized by the Puqaar Foundation, the Ranthambore Festival is a not-for-profit event in association with BookASmile, the charity initiative of BookMyShow and real estate developers First Stone.

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