As the Rajasthan International Folk Festival kicks-off today (October 8-12) at the scenic Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, The Sherp takes you on a breezy walk through the years 

1. The humble beginnings (2007-2010)


A laid-back folk performance at the courtyard 

2009 moree

An early-morning gig in 2009 

2009 humble

Renowned percussionist Sivamani at the 2009 edition 

2009 Sivamani

Local artistes enthralling the audience, in 2009

2009 more


2. The consolidation years (2010-2012)

This period saw the festival expanding its fan base globally. The artiste collaborations got massive from 2010 onwards and the response from the audience, more heartening.

A jugalbandi between flamenco dancers and a kalbeliya performer in 2010

2010 flamenco and kalbeliya

A local artiste poses for the shutterbug in 2010

2010 Hanuman at the Fort Festivities.

Oud maestro Joseph Tawadros at his concert in 2012

2011 ith Joseph Tawadros in Jodhpur.

An all-star jam at the 2012 edition 

2012 Rajasthani folk artists led by Kheta Khan and Nathoo lal with international artists

Bhanwari Devi (of the Coke Studio fame) performs along with son, Krishna Kumar in 2012

2012 Bhanwari Devi with son Krishna Kumar

Kaela Rowan at a dawn concert in 2012

2012 dawn concert Kaela Rowan at dawn


3. The winning streak continues

The stages got bigger and the scale even larger at last year’s offering. Here are the highlights

Mick Jagger came visiting at the 2013 edition


2013 1

Spanish-French singer Manu Chao stole the show last year

mano chao

Kristoffer Kleiveland, Linda Gytri and Vidar Berge at the 2013 leg
 Kristoffer Kleiveland, Linda Gytri and Vidar Berge


To know what to look forward to at this year’s edition, click HERE.

(All Images Courtesy: Jodhpur RIFF Facebook)