10 Things To Look Forward To At The Ranthambore Festival 2018!

From forgotten folk music traditions and instruments to secret royal suppers, wildlife trails and film screenings to pottery and toy making workshops, there’s something for everyone at this festival held from 19th -21st January, 2018. The second edition of Ranthambore Festival will be a combination of music, nature and wellbeing experiences to offer attendees a series of immersive and highly interactive cultural and nature experiences.

From showcases that focus on Rajasthan and Kutch’s rich folk musical traditions, conversations with India’s leading wildlife conservationists, and experiential activities like heritage bicycle tours, tiger safaris, secret royal suppers, well-being activities like pottery and toy-making workshops and secret royal suppers along with a food festival, attendees have an array of activities to choose from during the weekend.

Held at the grand Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambore, the not-for-profit cultural festival is organised by the Puqaar Foundation and supported by BookASmile, the charity initiative of BookMyShow, First Stone and Jeep.

Tickets for the 2018 edition are available from Rs 3,000 for a day pass and Rs 5,000 for the season pass. Tickets along with accommodation can be bought on https://www.ranthamborefestival.org/book-festival-passes/

What to do at Ranthambore Festival?

With a plethora of activities and performances to choose from at Ranthambore Festival, here is a handpicked list of performances and screenings to catch and things to do.

  1. He is one of India’s most well-known faces and voices, and there can be fewer venues grander than the Hathikund at Nahargarh Palace to catch Farhan Akhtar Live. If Bollywood sounds are what you’re after, then don’t forget to catch Rochak Kohli of the ‘Pani da rang’ fame will also be performing on January.

When: January 19, Friday

Where: BookASmile Hathikund

Time: 8.30 pm to 9 pm

  1. Made entirely of goat skin and found only in Mewat, bakri ki masak is a unique instrument with an equally unique sound. This performance will be a one of a kind experience. If this doesn’t satiate your thirst for new sounds then stay on to catch folk musician Kanha Ram use the ektara and khartaal during his performance of Meera’s bhajans.

When: January 19, Friday

Where: First Stone Amphitheatre

Time: 11.35 pm to midnight

  1. Catch Faran Ensemble, an Israeli trio who describe their music as a magic carpet that takes a listener on a voyage to farway lands.

When: January 20, Saturday

Where: BookASmile Hathikund

Time: 6.55 pm to 7.40 pm

  1. One of the highlights at Ranthambore Festival 2018 will be the nagada ensemble. Mixing voices, Indian ragas and Mongolian diphonic songs, the rhythms intersect with unusual instruments such as the hand-pan (or hang), the kora (African harp), nagara, singing bowls, flutes, kalimbas and more.

When: January 20, Saturday

Where: BookASmile Hathikund

Time: 7.50 pm to 8.40 pm

  1. If you are keen to stretch your legs and see Ranthambore with new eyes, then why not sign up for a guided Cycle Tour Of Ranthambore and see what how the confluence of history and nature have made the city what it is today. And who can forget the exciting tiger safaris that are a must-do for every visitor?

When: January 20 and 21

Where: Jeep Garden

Time: 8 am to 10.30 am

  1. From pottery workshops to block printing to toy making, there’s not an idle minute to waste at Ranthambore Festival! Spend your day learning a new skill and choose from a range of experiences that include tribal star gazing and learning how to play traditional instruments like the khartaal and bhapang. Or find a moment to engage with nature or yourself through the various wellbeing activities like a drum circle at the Jeep Garden, sound and breath meditation. Blind-folded hatha flow yoga.

When: January 19 and 20

Where: BookASmile Experience Zone; Jeep Garden

Time: 11 am to 5 pm for all activities except stargazing which will be held from midnight to 1 am  

  1. Have you always marvelled at the skills of wildlife photographers and never thought you could do the same? Let acclaimed Wildlife Photographer Aditya Dicky Singh take you through the basics and help you get closer to the perfect shot in the wildlife photography workshop.

When: January 20, Saturday

Where: Jeep Garden

Time: 2 pm to 5 pm

  1. The words royal and secret are enough to get our tastebuds all tingly! The royal secret supper is where you can taste signature dishes of different royal families and have a royal family scion familiarise you with tastes and tales. But even if you can’t reserve a seat at this special table, fret not. The Food Fete is where you could taste traditional recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, prepared just the way they have been for centuries.

When: January 20, Saturday

Where: BookASmile Experience Zone

Time: 10.15 pm to 11 pm for the royal secret supper; Food Fete will be open to all

  1. Just because you’re away from the city doesn’t mean that retail therapy is off the menu! You can find brands like young and edgy brands like Nicobar, Pahadi Local, Tokree, Women Weave, Kinche, Kharakapas, Dhora, Cult Curio and lovely eatables by All Things Chocolate and Blue Tokai Coffee amongst many more and NGOs such as Women Weave, Dastkar Ranthambore who’ll showcase their handcrafted wares out in the sun at the Souk.

When: January 19 and 20

Where: Souk

Time: Open during the festival

  1. A passion project of Abhimanyu Alsisar of the Puqaar Foundation, the documentary Puqaar Diaries aims to bring to light the bastions of forgotten or dying folk traditions from Rajasthan. After the success of the first part of the documentary, Puqaar Music Diaries Part 2 will be premiered at the festival on Saturday night. Shot over August and September, producer Abhimanyu Alsisar and crew drove over 2,500 kilometres to Nagaur, Pushkar, Bandhewa, Chilak, Kotha, Sanavda, Alwar and Bhuj to bring to attention forgotten instruments and musicians. The amazing folk musicians showcased in the documentary will perform at Ranthambore through the weekend.

When: January 20, Saturday

Where: First Stone Amphitheatre

Time: After the performances finish at the BookASmile Hathikund