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Rajasthan International Folk Festival kicks off in Jodhpur
Five-day Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) kicked off at the local at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur on October 8 to promote traditional folk music and arts from all over the world. Every year, the festival starts on Sharad Poornima since 2007 when the first edition of RIFF was launched.
This year, hundreds of folk artists and musicians from India as well as from the globe are participating in the festival that is supported by UNESCO as a "People's Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development" besides Mehrangarh Museum Trust.

According to the organizers, folk artists from Australia, Brazil, Crete, Scotland, Reunion Island, Senegal, etc., are participating in the festival to showcase their folk vocal and instrumental music. However, the folk performing arts like story telling (Kaavad), folk singing (Maan and Jagada) and folk percussion instruments are are going to be main attraction of the festival.

Also, to educate the school students and common public on the richness of folk music, on the first three days of the festival, the films on folk music and performing arts will be screened in the evening under the programme titled 'Lyrical Visions'.

According to Divya Bhatia, Director, RIFF, festival aims at inculcating all kinds of available folk music in India. The two young bauls - Noor Alam Fakir and Subhadra Sharma - are celebrating the rising sun with their songs and music in Jodhpur for the first time. The festival also helps the folk artists to mainstream their music with better packaging and suitability for the international music markets.

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