Experience Music, Nature, & Wellness

What you will learn

Our documentary crew explored every nook & cranny, corner & unpaved path of Rajasthan and Kutch’s desert to find the gifted guardians of its indigenous music. From Jan 19-21, we unveil these talented folk musicians for all the world to appreciate. Soulful performances, ancient instruments and the unravelling of centuries-old stories await you at the Ranthambore Festival.

Step inside the forest.

Experience nature’s boundless treasures at Ranthambore Festival 2018. Explore the deep forest through our special jeep safaris. Discover secrets of the wild through the lenses of India’s best wildlife filmmakers, and get a chance to interact with them at our Q&A sessions; listen & learn at our interactive talks by leading conservationists. Join us from Jan 19-21 to celebrate, conserve & conquer! #padharo

Pause. Take a deep breath.

As you shut your eyes to the chaos of the world, feel the noise dwindle into the soft hums of nothingness. Let your body surrender to the rhythm of the wind and nature work its charm on you.

An experience is an amalgamation of everything from the food you eat, the music you listen to, the conversations you make to the ambiance you are put up in. And this is exactly our job –weaving it all together and creating a fun, enriching module that ensures you have an ‘out of ordinary experience’.
So while you may be witnessing Kalaripayattu artists gyrating with fire and swords over Sunday brunch, you’d also be defying gravity with aerial silk at a quaint retreat amidst nature. Ranging from performing arts, offbeat wellness workshops to art and food curation, we have it all.

CONCERTS

WILDLIFE DOCUMENTARIES

WORKSHOPS

MAGICAL WEEKEND

Performers & Speakers

Rupesh Tillu

India | Theatre Artiste, Director

    Roger Hanschel

    Germany | Saxophonist | Speaker & Performer

    Fiddlers Green

    India | Acoustic / Folk / World Music

    Nehal Khan

    Villaga Sanwara | Vocals, Harmonium

      Trio Benares

      Germany/ India | Indian Classical - Jazz Fusion/ World Music

        Bittu Sahgal

        India | Conservationist, Writer | Speaker

          Nathulal Ji Solanki

          India | The Nagara (Kettledrum)

            Kanha Ram

            Kutch, Gujarat | Ektara & Khartaal

              Faran Ensemble

              Israel | World Music / Folk/ Tribal

              Tritha Sinha

              India | Musician

                Hema Ram + Damra Ram

                Veena & Manjira

                  Labik Kamal

                  Bangladesh | Bangla Folk/ Jazz/ World Music

                    Farhan Akhtar

                    India | Actor, Director, Musician |

                      Mike Pandey

                      India | Wildlife Filmmaker, Conservationist | Speaker

                      Mohan

                      Bhuj | Instrument - Ghadha Gambhira

                        Rami Devi

                        Village Sardi, Rajasthan | Vocals, Harmonium | Meera Bhajans

                          Martin Dubois

                          France | Musician

                            Schedule

                            14:00 - 14:55
                            Interactive Film Screening - S Nallamuthu - Tiger Dynasty

                            Wild tigress, Machli, is one of three sisters raised in India’s Ranthambore National Park. Their mother, “The Lady of the Lakes,” ruled the lakeside territory, until Machli rose up and took possession of her mother’s throne.

                            Watch Bittu Sahgal speak eclectically about our beautiful blue marble we call home. We can find no other place anywhere in our universe as unique as it yet we damage our ecosystem beyond repair. He asks us to resolve this damage before it is too late.

                            An environmental activist and writer, Bittu Sahgal has been deeply involved in numerous conservation issues and is one of the foremost authorities on the topic of Tiger Conservation. Co-founder of the ‘Project Tiger’ conservation program, Sahgal also is also the founding editor of Sanctuary Asia, a wildlife and ecology magazine based in India. He is a member of the National Board for Wildlife of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

                            Watch the intriguing mystery of the vanished dominant Tiger in  ‘Looking for Sultan’. The film takes you on a journey and also looks at the broader issues of tiger conservation, and the current efforts being made. Filmed by celebrated wildlife filmmakers Gautam and Mike Pandey, followed by an immersive Q & A Session with the filmmakers themselves.

                            Film Screening
                            18:00 - 18:30
                            Gher Dance Performance

                            Get immersed in the tales of ancient valour and pride with the The Gher dance of Mewar and Barmer. Based upon the legend of Raas Leela, this spellbinding ancient dance will take your breath away

                            Dance performance
                            Playing an eclectic blend of jazz and Indian classical music, Trio Benares is an international world music ensemble with Roger Hanschel (Germany) on Saxophone, Deobrat Mishra (Benares, India) on Sitar, and Prashant Mishra (Benares, India) on Tabla. Founded in 2014 between Germany and India, the Trio brings together two beautifully varied worlds, and weaves them together as a new story, resulting in a scintillating treat for the senses!
                            Music Concert

                            Catch a spell binding folk/world music performance by celebrated Bangladeshi musician ‘Labik Kamal’ with his band. Having performed at international festivals and collaborated globally, he brings his unique brad of world/folk music to Ranthambore Festival.

                            Their instruments belong to the ancient traditions of the east, allowing the musicians to combine mystical sounds with modern influences. In their music, Mediterranean landscapes weave an enchanted soundscape, a magic carpet to take the listener on a voyage to faraway lands. The band has Roy Simla on Kamancheh, Refael Ben-Zichry  on percussion and Gad Tidhar playing the Oud.

                            21:45 - 22:45
                            Madbeth - Theatre Performance

                            One man. One throne. One crown. One hilariously tragic experience.

                            Welcome to a roller-coaster ride in the world created by Beth and Banquo. The Tragedy of Madbeth is a highly-interactive physical comedy inspired by Shakespeare’s classic. A profound allegory that dissolves the space between the observer and the performer. This performance is a combination of slapstick, acrobatics, mime, songs and improvisations.

                            Rupesh Tillu

                            A blend of western and Indian soundscapes, This performance is a live, improvised collaborative performance by Mumbai based singer songwriter Shubhangi Joshi and some of the most gifted Rajasthani Folk Musicians. With rich, unique sounds of folk instruments and the acoustic guitar forming the foundation, hear jazz influenced vocals dance with powerful traditional voices.

                            Shubhangi Joshi

                            A unique instrument with an equally unique sound, the Bakri ki Masak performance will be a one of a kind experience.

                            Music Performance

                            A beautiful intertwining of two magical instruments, let this folk performance of Meera’s bhajans serenade you into the deep end of the night.

                            Music Performance
                            8:00 - 10:30 am
                            Cycling in the Green - Bicycle Tour of Ranthambore's Environs

                            Start your day on an energetic and refreshing note with a guided cycle tour of Ranthambore’s environs, and travel in a canter on your way back to preserve energy for the activities in store for the day ! Organized by our partners Let’s Trip.

                            Immersive Experience

                            Creating a vessel from clay is an ancient art. Since the beginning Indian potters have prospected raw earth and used it to create priceless vessels that have withstood the test of time and are our primary mechanism to date ancient civilizations when they are unearthed.

                            Each step in the overall pottery process is an art in it’s self.   The glazing process and firing techniques affect the finished piece as much as the throwing process. This two-day pottery workshop will teach you techniques like coil and slab work and help you create pots of various shapes and sizes.

                            Immersive Experience

                            Quench your thirst for experiencing a block printing tradition first hand – an immersive two-day interaction with a grass root NGO in Sawai Madhopur to create magic with your hands through the fine art of block printing. Return home with a block-printed masterpiece!

                            The human race has looked up at the stars for answers since time immemorial..and with time, have weaved a mesmerizing fabric of tales, rituals and maps around it. Let us invite you to see the deep night sky through the eyes of the indigenous Rajasthani tribes. Guided and narrated by native villagers of Ranthambore, you will get a glimpse into their mind and lives, and what the stars meant to them.

                            Immersive Exprience
                            00:00 onwards
                            After Party

                            Unwind at the fabulous festival After Party at the Den

                            After Party

                            The Hunt takes a detailed, audio-visual study of predator-prey relations – as well as the importance of respective ecosystems within a world facing greater environmental challenges brought about by the impact of the human race. Rather than simply concentrating on ‘the blood and guts’ of predatory behaviours typical of past documentary series, The Hunt focuses more upon the diverse strategies predators use to catch their food, and also the various evasive techniques prospective prey use to escape death by predator.

                            Documentary screening

                            Watch the landmark film by Mike Pandey that brought about major legislative changes to protect whale sharks worldwide. This documentary depicts the needless killing and harvesting of whale sharks by poor Indian communities. In response to the film, the Indian government introduced legislature to ban fishing of whale sharks, declaring them endangered species and protecting them under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.

                            Documentary Screening
                            18:00 - 18:45
                            Ghadha Gambhira Feat. Tritha Sinha and Martin Dubois

                            A delightful collaboration of a rare Rajasthani percussion instrument, The Ghada Gambhira, with French musician Martin Dubois and Indian vocalist Tritha Sinha is sure to make for a performance to remember !

                            Music performance

                            Catch the acoustic folk jam band fro Kolkata peform their brand of uplifting, joyful and quirky music to get you on yoru feet !

                            The theme of the 5 elements; earth, water, fire, air and space. Mixing voices, Indian raagas and Mongolian diphonic songs, the rhythms intersect with unusual instruments such as the hand-pan (or hang), the kora (African harp), nagara, singing bowls, flutes, kalimbas and more.

                            00:00 - 00:20
                            Echoes of Devotion - Songs of MeeraBai, Performed by Rami Devi

                            Get enraptured by folk musician Rami Devi’s powerful renditions of devotional melodies that were sung by Meera Bai for Lord Krishna. A beautiful echo from deep within the the mythology of India, the songs will be emblazoned in your memories, to be cherished long after you have left the walls of Nahargarh Palace.

                            The Narh or Nad produces music most evocative of the desert. It is a vertical flute with a single long hollow tube, into which the player whistles, at the same time gurgling a song in his throat or actually singing intermittently. The effect is haunting and mesmerising together, an experience you will never forget.

                            8:00 - 10:30 am
                            Cycling in the Green - Bicycle Tour of Ranthambore's Environs - Day 2

                            Start your day on an energetic and refreshing note with a guided cycle tour of Ranthambore’s environs, and travel in a canter on your way back to preserve energy for the activities in store for the day ! Organized by our partners Let’s Trip.

                            Immersive Experience

                            A massive success last year, we are proud to bring this fun and educational workshop for you again. Learn the tips and tricks to get started with wildlife photography with acclaimed wildlife photographer, Aditya ‘Dicky’ Singh.

                            Immersive Experience

                            Creating a vessel from clay is an ancient art. Since the beginning Indian potters have prospected raw earth and used it to create priceless vessels that have withstood the test of time and are our primary mechanism to date ancient civilizations when they are unearthed.

                            Each step in the overall pottery process is an art in it’s self.   The glazing process and firing techniques affect the finished piece as much as the throwing process. This two-day pottery workshop will teach you techniques like coil and slab work and help you create pots of various shapes and sizes.

                            Quench your thirst for experiencing a block printing tradition first hand – an immersive two-day interaction with a grass root NGO in Sawai Madhopur to create magic with your hands through the fine art of block printing. Return home with a block-printed masterpiece!

                            Immersive Experience

                            Imagine being invited to a secret supper under the stars, whose each dish is signature of a different Rajasthani Royal household. Imagine this upper being hosted by a member of the Royal family, who discusses the history behind each flavour and recipe with you. Welcome to The secret supper at The Ranthambore Festival.

                            The human race has looked up at the stars for answers since time immemorial..and with time, have weaved a mesmerizing fabric of tales, rituals and maps around it. Let us invite you to see the deep night sky through the eyes of the indigenous Rajasthani tribes. Guided and narrated by native villagers of Ranthambore, you will get a glimpse into their mind and lives, and what the stars meant to them.

                            00:00 onwards
                            After Party

                            Unwind at the fabulous Festival after party at The Den

                            10:00 onwards
                            Folk Music at The Bageechi

                            Begin your Sunday morning with some beautiful folk music from the Barmer district of Rajasthan

                            Indulge in a Sunday brunch with fellow festival goers, surrounded by music and revelry

                            As we’d seen last year, our festival attracts those for whom culture, music and the performing arts truly mean something, This year, we are proud to give you a platform to perform your craft before an audience. Be it singing, playing an instrument, dance, poetry or anything, the festival would love to have you perform !

                            Festival Passes

                            Early Bird Ticketing Window is open until 25th December 2017!

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                            Season Pass
                            Rs5000
                            • Access to all stages
                            • Access to souk
                            • Access to workshops
                            • Optional Add-on: Private Jeep Safari
                            • Optional Add-on: Stargazing Camp
                            • Optional Add-on: Secret Supper
                            • Optional Add-on: Heritage bicycle ride
                            • Optional Add-on: Hot Air Balloon Ride
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                            Day 1 Pass (Friday)
                            Rs3000
                            • Access to all stages
                            • Access to souk
                            • Access to workshops
                            • Optional Add-on: Private Jeep Safaris
                            • Optional Add-on: Stargazing Camp
                            • Optional Add-on: Secret Supper
                            • Optional Add-on: Heritage bicycle ride
                            • Optional Add-on: Hot Air Balloon Ride
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                            Day 2 Pass (Saturday)
                            Rs3000
                            • Access to all stages
                            • Access to souk
                            • Access to workshops
                            • Optional Add-on: Private Jeep Safaris
                            • Optional Add-on: Stargazing Camp
                            • Optional Add-on: Secret Supper
                            • Optional Add-on: Heritage bicycle ride
                            • Optional Add-on: Hot Air Balloon Ride
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                            Nahargarh Maharaja Tent
                            From Rs39000
                            • 2 Nights 3 Days in Camp Nahargarh
                            • Access to all stages
                            • Access to all workshops
                            • Access to in-palace wellbeing experiences
                            • Access to VIP secret supper
                            • Access to guided stargazing camp
                            • Optional Add-on: Private Jeep Safaris
                            • Optional Add-on: Hot Air Balloon Ride
                            • Optional Add-on: Heritage Bicycle Ride
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                            Nahargarh Haveli Suite
                            From Rs49000
                            • 2 Nights 3 Days in Nahargarh Haveli
                            • Access to all stages
                            • Access to all workshops
                            • Access to in-palace wellbeing experiences
                            • Access to VIP secret supper
                            • Access to guided stargazing camp
                            • Optional Add-on: Private Jeep Safaris
                            • Optional Add-on: Hot Air Balloon Ride
                            • Optional Add-on: Heritage Bicycle Ride
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                            Nahargarh Palace Suite
                            From Rs59000
                            • 2 Nights 3 Days in Nahargarh Palace
                            • Access to all Stages
                            • Access to all Workshops
                            • Access to in-palace Wellbeing Experiences
                            • Access to VIP Secret Supper
                            • Access to Guided Stargazing Camp
                            • Optional Add-on: Private Jeep Safaris
                            • Optional Add-on: Hot Air Balloon Ride
                            • Optional Add-on: Heritage Bicycle Ride
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