Consequent to this vibrant opening variety concert, between 9th to the 12th of October Mehrangarh turns into a centre of cultural dialogue through music, narrations, dance forms and talks - with artists and performers converging from across Rajasthan, Scotland, Brazil, Crete, Reunion Island, Senegal and Australia.
Announcing the 2014 edition of Jodhpur RIFF, HH Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur-Marwar and Patron of the Festival said, ''As we begin the 8th edition of Jodhpur RIFF, we are happy to note that due to the single minded and consistent excellence of Jodhpur RIFF, we are beginning to see a greater presence of the wonderful Rajasthani artists in other mainstream music forums as well. Roots, folk and world music is becoming hip and we are proud of the pioneering role that Jodhpur RIFF is playing in this movement.''
Festival Director Jodhpur RIFF Mr. Divya Bhatia adds, ''We've having a great year – we presented Rajasthani artists and our collaborations at Celtic Connections (Scotland), at the Forde Festival (Norway), during the Commonwealth Games and will be doing so at WOMEX in Spain later this year and then touring Australia early next year. Jodhpur RIFF is getting many invitations and much kudos for its work. And it is now being recognised as the best place to experience this heady mix of rustic riffs, root textures, contemporary arrangements and global rhythms - Jodhpur RIFF is a must-do on every music lover's calendar.''
Jodhpur RIFF is a not-for-profit partnership project involving two of India's leading heritage trusts: Mehrangarh Museum Trust and Jaipur Virasat Foundation. The festival has been endorsed by UNESCO as a "Peoples' Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development." HH Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur is the Chief Patron.
Sir Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones is the International Patron of Jodhpur RIFF. John and Faith Singh, founders of Anokhi and the Jaipur Virasat Foundation are also patrons of Jodhpur RIFF.
Timed every year to coincide with "SharadPurnima", the brightest full moon of the year in north India, Jodhpur RIFF features a series of spectacular concerts and events based in and around Mehrangarh Fort .