When: 27 – 29 January, 2017
What: Ranthambore Festival
Where: Nahargarh Hotel, Ranthambore
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A 3 day festival filled with the strains of folk music: moonlit performances by music and dance luminaries, an open-air wildlife film festival on a giant screen, tiger safaris, enlightening interactive talks on conservation, photography and music workshops, wellness camps, a pop-up souk, and more; all set against the backdrop of a breathtaking venue, the Nahargarh Palace, Ranthambore.
This not-for-profit cultural festival is intended to be a unifying platform to bring together international and Indian musical luminaries, nature and wildlife conservationists and lovers, business thought leaders, and social influencers to consolidate and supercharge the music and nature appreciation effort and influence a wide audience towards action. Nestled in the forests of Ranthambore lies Nahargarh Palace, will play host to an enthralling selection of indigenous and international musical performances. This is in addition to interactive music workshops, Rajasthani folk art workshops, wildlife and nature panel discussions, TED talks, India’s first ever wildlife film festival, street theater, yoga workshops, a food festival and a popup art camp.
The festival and the first long weekend of the year go hand in hand. With chilly winters, majestic Tigers and delectable Rajasthani food, the festival is going to be an extraordinary experience for wildlife as well as cultural aficionados.
How to Reach – Ranthambore is 166 kms from Jaipur, which has the closest airport and is well connected to major cities. Sawai Madhopur is the nearest railway head and is situated 7.4 kms from the venue
Entry Fee – Entry is free for panel discussions, film screenings, workshops, and performances by local musicians. Other special music and dance shows will be individually ticketed.
What to Expect – Organised by a local non-profit organization, the festival will put the spotlight on the rich heritage of the region. There is likely to be the arrangements for the following:
Wildlife film screenings – Short films and full-length documentaries are likely to be showed to the guests that are made by Sandesh Kadur¬, a Nat Geo Explorer; wildlife filmmaker Saravanakumar; and conservationist and Nat Geo Traveler India contributor, Mike Pandey.
Folk music performances – There will be performances by local musicians and guests will have the opportunity to attend music appreciation workshops. Also, gigs by world music duo Maati Baani, Sufi singer Zila Khan, and UK-based concert pianist Karl Lutchmayer have been scheduled. The famous Indian classical dancer Mallika Sarabhai will also be performing at the festival.
Panel discussions with leading wildlife conservationists in India – A tentative list of speakers have been curated and it includes conservation biologist, Dharmendra Khandal of Tiger Watch, naturalist Valmik Thapar (and bear specialist Kartick Satyanarayan of Wildlife SOS. The topics to be discussed will range from habitat conservation to the survival of folk music in urban landscapes.
NOTE: For more information about the festival, visit www.ranthamborefestival.org