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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 33971 [post_author] => 52 [post_date] => 2015-04-27 05:18:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-04-27 05:18:08 [post_content] => [caption id="attachment_33973" align="aligncenter" width="654"]Jodhpur Flamenco Festival. Pic: Ruchika Vyas.[/caption] THERE is one thing that binds together millions of gypsies that are scattered across Asia, Africa, North and South America and Australia: music. They all understand the language of music and dance. This year, in its second edition, the Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival commemorated the journey of the gypsies with an amalgamation of Rajasthani folk music, Turkish sounds and the fluid movements of Spanish flamenco. Held over three days at the colossal Mehrangarh Fort in Rajasthan’s Blue City last month, the festival drew in thousands of people from across the world. Roberto Nieddu, Managing and Artistic Director of the festival, reveals the objective of the festival: “The Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival underlines the stark and remarkable similarities between the two traditions, working towards promoting and preserving both. Our idea is to develop a new definition of folk music and help create a fusion that has the essence of gypsy culture of Rajasthan at its core.” Impressions of the festival Mehrangarh Fort, which usually sleeps under the midnight blue sky, resonated with musical notes and swarming crowds during the three-day festival. As attendees made their way to Moti Mahal—the fort’s largest period room—they stopped to admire the overwhelming grandiosity of the fort and the intricacies of its architecture. They spent several moments capturing panoramic views of Jodhpur city bathed in twinkling lights from the canons adorning the ramparts of the fort. The fact that you are greeted with complete silence on your way to the venue gives you an idea of how large the fort really is. You can hear hints of music only moments before you reach Moti Mahal. Once you arrive, it feels like you’re separated from the world. You are surrounded by intricately designed balconies and arches with a flurry of people from different parts of the world in colourful ensembles. The main stage lies a few steps further nestled in a large area whose walls are decked with vivid portraits from photographer Rohit Chawla’s collection Wanderlust of Rajasthan’s gypsy community, the Rabaris. [caption id="attachment_33974" align="aligncenter" width="532"]Pic: Ruchika Vyas. Pic: Ruchika Vyas.[/caption] Each year, numerous artists come together on this platform and create completely new music. None of the 35 performing artists play pre-existing songs. They come here weeks before the festival and get together to fuse their myriad musical notes into new sounds. This year saw artists from Spain, Turkey, Italy and Mexico such as Latin jazz pianist Chano Dominguez, bassist Javier Colina, guitarist Agustin Carbonell ‘Bola’, violinist Victor Guadiana, drummer Israel Varela, vocalist Naike Ponce, singer and guitarist Berk Gürman, violinist Serdar Pazarcioglu, singer Gürkan Özkan, percussionist Gürkan Özkan, clarinet exponent Alaattin Kabaci and percussionist Pablo Dominguez. Their diverse music seamlessly merged with Indian folk music as bands like Rajasthan Roots, Desert String and Sounds of the Sand came together to create soulful sounds that seemed incomplete without one another. While the upbeat sounds got the audience vigorously clapping and tapping their feet in unison, it was the dance performances that got them to get up and match their moves to the beats. [caption id="attachment_33975" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Pic: Ruchika Vyas. Pic: Ruchika Vyas.[/caption] Flamenco proponents Karen Lugo and Daniel Navarro set the stage ablaze along with Rajasthani Kalbeliya dancers Chanda and Jassu Supera. Karen Lugo’s performance was nothing short of mesmerising. You could see the audience’s eyes locked on her every move. She danced with such grace and fluidity that it seemed like she was entranced by the music as it controlled her movements. As she danced with Chanda, Karen matched her every move while maintaining her rhythm as she combined flamenco steps with Kalbeliya. Flamenco dancer and choreographer Navarro’s footwork was simply brilliant. His every step matched every beat, while the audience tried to keep up. While the musicians and dancers performed centre stage, Spanish artist Carmen Galofre splashed vibrant colours on her canvas on one corner of the room. She swayed with the beats and let the music inspire her canvas. She has worked on paintings all over the world and often travels to India to paint the people and colour of Rajasthan. The paintings that were done during the festival are currently in Jodhpur. Why you should visit The Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival celebrates folk music and nurtures the ties between Rajasthani and Flamenco folk cultures. If you love music, you are sure to enjoy this intoxicating fusion emanating from some of the most talented musicians in the world. While there are plenty of music festivals in India, not many are set against the backdrop of a 500-year-old fort. The hitch The only drawback is the cost of attending. The three-day pass will cost you Rs 7,500 (US$118), which does not include food and beverages. You need to pay separately for them. 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A fusion of traditions at Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival

A fusion of traditions at Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival
April 27, 2015 - 0 Comments - Ruchika Vyas

THERE is one thing that binds together millions of gypsies that are scattered across Asia, Africa, North and South America and Australia: music. They all understand the language of music and dance. This year, in its second edition, the Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival commemorated the journey of the gypsies with an amalgamation of Rajasthani folk music, Turkish sounds and the fluid movements of Spanish flamenco.

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