Well, as soon as someone mentions ‘Ranthambore’, all I can think of is tigers and how I can click pictures of the royal wilderness it is known for. This was unless I heard of The Ranthambore Festival.
For what seems like the perfect getaway for a weekend, The Ranthambore Festival is a not-for-profit cultural spectacle that brings not only nationals but internationals together for a three-day extravagance. At this festival, nature and music lovers, musical luminaries, nature and wildlife conservationists, business thought leaders, and social influencers and others come together and find something that suits their passion and interests. With an enthralling selection of folk, classical, world musical and dance performances, this festival indeed does transform the land of Ranthambore into a visual delight. In addition to all the aforementioned, you can indulge in interactive music workshops, art and craft workshops, music and nature panel discussions, interactive talks, an open-air wildlife film festival, street theatre, yoga & meditation workshops, a food festival, drum circles, interactive cookouts, and a popup Souq featuring amazing non-profit start-ups.
The festival manages to turn the land of Rajasthan into what it truly is- a cultural exuberance. Not only all this, you can also watch dancing legend Mallika Sarabhai’s performance, Sufi legend Zila Khan’s ‘Grammar of Music’ workshop, Maati Baani – a video-album series featuring more than 70 artistes across 20 countries, Ustad Hakim Khan playing the legendary Kamaicha, Rajeev Raja’s fusion jazz, Ustaad Gafoor Khan’s performance on the Khartaal, Belgium saxophonist and composer Fabrizio Cassol’s mesmerizing musical convergence of East and West, folk music performances by the folk artists discovered by Ranthambore Festival team and a lot more!
Not only this, you can spend your lazy mornings at the specially decorated cafes and visit the Ranthambore National Park too; and because the days are full of happy spirits, you can see the Rajasthan Police at their Sufiana best in a performance that adds the music required surprise element to your visit.
Starting from the 27th January until the 29th January, you must visit this festival for all its cultural and wildlife glory. After the Raanutsav which was one of the best events in Kutch, this festival is all ready to take stage.