Schedule

Spread across iconic venues inside the Majestic Nahargarh Palace, there is a kaleidoscope of unforgettable moments waiting for you at The Ranthambore Festival. A beautifully curated blend of eclectic music & dance, interactive talks, cultural workshops, thrilling nature activities, culinary delights and so much more, there is something for everyone. Step in, and let yourself be mesmerized.

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 !