If the first edition of Ranthambore Festival showcased the richness of Rajasthani folk music and wildlife landscape, the second edition returns with newer sounds, ideas and activities. Its second edition will combine music, nature and wellbeing experiences, and will offer attendees a series of immersive and highly interactive cultural and nature experiences.
The second edition will highlight a spoken word performance by actor and musician Farhan Akhtar followed by a live performance with his band, Farhan Akhtar Live; a 12-person nagara ensemble led by Nathulal Ji Solanki (Ajmer), Kanha Ram (Gujarat) on ektara and khartaal, Mohan (Bhuj) on gadha gambhira, Ram Swaroop (Alwar) on bakri ki masak; performances by Israeli trio Fahan Ensemble, Bangaladeshi musician Labik Kamal, international world music ensemble Trio Benares from Germany, and folk singer Rami Devi’s rendition of devotional melodies that were sung by Meera Bai for Lord Krishna.
The 2018 edition will also feature a charity auction to support the Ranthambore School of Art. The BookASmile Roaring Canvas will feature 40 works of art and proceeds from the auction – which will be conducted by Priyanshi Saxena from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York – will be distributed in full to the artists and the Ranthambore School of Art.
Another highlight will be the Food Fete that will present culinary delights from around the country, with a spotlight on traditional Rajasthani cuisine. Local delicacies will be prepared according to family recipes handed down over generations.
Well-being is a theme that gathers steam at the second edition of Ranthambore Festival. Continuing their association with innovative art and wellness ideologue, Pause & Effect, attendees at the festival will be able to enjoy sound and breath meditation workshops, blindfolded hatha flow yoga class, capoeira showcase and workshops.
Speaking about the idea behind Ranthambore Festival, Abhimanyu Alsisar, Puqaar Foundation said, “We started Ranthambore Festival with the aim of reviving and respecting India’s long forgotten folk music traditions, musicians and instruments as well as to give impetus to the wildlife conservation effort in India. The first edition showed us that we aren’t alone in our endeavours and with partners like BookASmile and First Stone, Ranthambore Festival will become a driving force in preserving and celebrating India’s rich folk music heritage.”
The festival program director, Zila Khan said, “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.”
Held at the grand Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambore fest will be held from 19th -21st January, 2018.