The Mehrangarh Fort in Jopdhpur has accommodated several famous celebrations and fairs like the Rajasthan International Folk Festival & World Sufi Festival. Now, it will be commemorating one more festival which shall draw attention to the Gypsy expeditions. The 3 day music festival- “Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy (JFG) Festival” was conducted from March 13th to 15th, 2014. This brought the most excellent flamenco civilization to India and offered a chance for musicians from diverse Gypsy traditions.
Instigation and goal:
So as to commemorate the gypsy voyages, Mehrangarh Museum Trust commenced the foremost edition of the Jodhpur Flamenco & Gypsy Festival (JFGF) from March 13th 2014. Being hosted at the Mehrangarh Fort at the Jodhpur, this 3 day musical event was conducted with an aim of carrying the flamenco tradition to India. The truth that Spanish Flamenco and Rajasthani folk music reverberate with a lot of universal threads laid a solid foundation for this festival.
Global Visitors and Events:
This festival has created a center of attraction among a lot of visitors not only from India, but also from various countries such as, Italy, France, Poland, America and Spain. The 3-day festival has persisted to set the juncture for music & dance performances by twenty five Rajasthani and nineteen global artists from all over the world concluding in enthralling evenings subsequent to the festivity dinners’ and enjoyable after-party events. A range of diverse cultures was fetched to the vanguard in a first-of-its-kind music and dance festival.
The festival observed the glitz and glamour of famous persons who were totally amazed by the performances. Sonali Bendre, Shobhaa and Dilip De, Simone Singh and Fahad Samar, Devyani Khobragade, JJ Valaya and Naveen Agarwal were witnessed in the midst of numerous other celebrities. Ms. Shobhaa De, Indian Columnist and Writer said, “The whole notion of the JFG Festival is outstanding as you will never get this thrilling amalgamation of worldwide musicians joining with neighboring folk singers at anyplace in this planet. The Flamenco and Gypsies was such a wow factor!! Jodhpur offers the JFG a truthfully miraculous setting. It displayed local music, dance and culture in an ambience that is completely captivating. It was a supreme extravagance to take pleasure in most excellent Flamenco artists of high reputation performing more than 3 nights with talented Indian singers and dancers. The total wrap up was a unique festival beneath the stars at a 500 year-old stronghold. Without doubt, the The Flamenco and Gypsies festival deserves a wider appreciation as a very important cultural property”. Finally, Ms. Shobhaa De ended her statement saying, “I anticipate that the next edition of JFG gets even bigger and glamorous in addition to receiving extra attention on the worldwide culture track.”
The Indian Author of Best Selling Book “The Scandal Point”, Mr. Fahad Samar stated that he meticulously enjoyed his time at the Flamenco & Gypsy Festival. He also added that the festival was magical, attention-grabbing and generally Mehrangarh Fort is the most ideal location for any event similar to Flamenco & Gypsy Festival. And the truth that this is the revisit to ancestry of Gypsies throughout the globe is one more materialization of the way which Mehrangarh and his Highness have been doing amazing ground-breaking activities to enhance Jodhpur as the artistic wealth of India further.
Ms. Simone Singh, Indian Actor was overwhelmed by the festival. She said that “The perception of the festival makes everyone wonder why it did not take place before. It was really something that was prepared to be accomplished. If this many Gypsy communities of the globe can map out their ancestry back to Rajasthan, how wonderful could that be to assemble 2 communities that have instigated from here, which is composed in form of dance & music festival. The venue of the festival is incredible. Every single performance conducted at Mehrangarh Fort is enhanced by its absolute spot. It is simply so miraculous that it fetches in a new fangled constituent of enthusiasm to performances when it is illuminated.”
Pepe Habichuela, a Flamenco instrumentalist, who was also one of the contributors at the JFG Festival declared that, “The well-designed JFG Festival is a moving occurrence for Gypsies as it is carrying them back to the heredity. Flamenco drives motivation from the province it lives and this fiesta gave reincarnation to classical flamenco to develop. The combination with Indian music is the most cadenced alliance and it is a new entrance opened for them. The neighborhood artists brilliantly recognize the Flamenco music and play it from their soul.”