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Rajasthan Tourism Beat at Ranthambore Festival in Nahargarh Palace

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After a spectacular run with more than 3000 attendees in January 2017, Ranthambore Festival returned to the magnificent Nahargarh Palace for a second edition this month and our team was invited as guests to attend the Festival. The music and wildlife conservation festival enthralled the attendees from January 19th to 21st but Rajasthan Tourism Beat decided to attend the first day of the festival as the following days had different reservations for us. We reached the Nahargarh Palace around 14.00 hrs when the beautiful open garden Bageechi was showcasing the film : Looking for Sultan by Gautam Pandey. Thus began our journey of the Ranthambore Festival at Nahargarh palace.

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If you think that its first edition showcased the richness of Rajasthani folk music and wildlife landscape, mind you the second edition marvelously returned with even newer sounds, fresh ideas and terrific activities. Picture an open theatre in the midst of an imposing palace, complete with manicured plants and shady trees. ‘Bageechi’ also played host to an informative Wine Tasting session by Grover Zampa.

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Now imagine, as the sun begins to set you are sitting surrounding a marble white step well swimming pool – “Book a Smile Hathikund” and listening to Bangladeshi musician Labik Kamal, international world music ensemble Trio Benares from Germany, and the live performance by actor and musician Farhan Akhtar and his band.The well-curated line-up of musical performances on all three days also included a soulful rendition by Ustad Ma Zila Khan.

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Numerous patrons of music, whatever is the genre of their preference appeared at Nahargarh Palace to sample the collective, ecstatic experience of a musical art form.

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The festival successfully showcased some of the best in Rajasthani folk music by providing a platform to little-known yet immensely talented folk artists and prominent wildlife conservationists, alike. 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 enlivened the First Stone Amphitheatre of Nahargarh Palace.

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The artists’ performances and the music made us stir from within while the amazing Drum Circle by Omkar Salunkhe was an experience unforgettable. However, what can easily be called the highpoint of the festival was a dazzling performance by 35-handpicked (by Abhimanyu Alsisar, himself) Rajasthani folk musicians.

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In addition to showcasing the rich musical traditions, Ranthambore Festival also hosted intriguing all day workshops like pottery making workshop by Dastkar, Block printing & Toy making workshop by Dhonk, lac bangle making by Shadab khan, Khartaal master classes by Imammuddin Khan and Bhapang master class by Yusuf and Mehmood Khan.

Given the immensely encouraging response received last year, the Souk experience at the Ranthambore Festival was even more elaborate and magical this time. It presented an eclectic blend of the most sought after brands in the country.

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This time around, Ranthambore Festival also extended a series of thrilling experiential activities like a heritage bicycle tour, naked-eye stargazing with local tribal interpretations, secret royal suppers and hot air balloon rides for the guests.

 

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The Den lastly came to life at night when the music lovers broke into a party mood, they drank, talked, laughed and danced till they dropped.

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The next day, out team had bid adieu to Ranthambore Festival and chose to hit the jungle for Ranthambhore Tiger Safari. We booked a private gypsy safari to avoid crowds and have a more intimate experience with the national park. Unfortunately, we did not see tigers on safari in Ranthambhore, but the entire feel of jungle and the experience was still amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rajasthan witnessed First Ranthambore Festival at Nahargarh Palace!

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Winter is the best time when Rajasthan plays host to number of festivals viz-Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur International Film Festival, Jaipur Jewellery Show, Rajasthan International Film Festival, Magnetic Fields, Kite Festival to name few but this year there was one more crown added to the already existing list of Festivals of Rajasthan and this was The Ranthambore Festival that happened for the first time and one of its kind at the Nahargarh Palace of Ranthambore. The three day festival that took place between 27-29th Jan was an initiative by NGO Pukar Foundation and Alsisar Hotels. The core team behind the conceptualiztion of this magnanimous event was  Abhimanyu Singh Alsisar (Hotelier) and Ashutosh Pandey, who brought together international and Indian musical luminaries, nature and wildlife conservationists and lovers, business thought leaders on one stage.

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The Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on 27th Jan2017 inaugurated the event, which was a huge turnout.

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The venue of Ranthambore Festival was none other than the most luxurious heritage hotel Nahargarh (Alsisar Hotels) that resembles a 16th century fortress. Once a hunting ground for the Maharaja’s, the grandeur and sheer magnificence of the architecture of this palace with beautiful arches and chhatries, halls, courtyards, avenues, and terraces when illuminated during the festival with lights was the sight to behold.

 

With this festival Abhimanyu Singh Alsisar continued an age-old tradition of patronage to promote both Ranthambore and folk artists of Rajasthan. Before the festival Abhimanyu travelled for several months and hand picked 36 talented performers from the interior locations of Rajasthan so that to preserve and encourage the cultural wealth of our state which is almost dying.

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For all three days the six areas of the Nahargarh Palace viz. Annexe Lawns, Bookasmile Hathikund Main Stage, First Stone Amphitheater, Pool Side, The Den and The East Terrace were buzzing with people coming from different parts of the world.

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The events started as early as 6.30 am and continued till 2 am at night. The success of the event can be imagined when the First Stone amphitheater was fully occupied even at 12.30 am when the film based on the various artists performing at Ranthambhore was screened.

 

Wildlife panel discussions, films, workshops, drum circles, live cooking sessions, photography exhibition, handicrafts displayed at the festival altogether made for a complete festival experience at the remote location of Ranthmbore.

Let’s have a glimpse on people who visited, performers who performed, the little handicraft market, the food stalls and some highlights of this first ever festival happened in the land which till date was known only for its wildlife but now for sure in the coming years people are going to remember Ranthambore for Ranthambore Festival too cause after the successful start we all know that our next travel destination is going to be this place.

Till 2017 cherish the moments!

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