This two-day festival, in the village of Chopasani in the district of Jodhpur, showcases the Kalbelia folk dance and music form. Kalbelias are a tribe who were primarily occupied as snake charmers and now earn their livelihood as performers.
The Kalbelia folk songs and dance of Rajasthan were included in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity in 2010. The Kalbelia Festival, organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan in collaboration with UNESCO, spotlights Kalbelia as well as the folk music of the Langa and Manganiyar communities.
The list of performers at the festival have included Kalbelia artists such as dancer Khatu Sapera and pungi and been player Prem Nath Kalbelia. Attendees have had the opportunity to interact with and learn about the history of the artforms directly from these practitioners.
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How To Get There
How to reach Jodhpur
1. By Air: Jodhpur has its own domestic airport, which is located around 5 km from the city centre. Flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Udaipur and other important Indian cities serve Jodhpur on a daily basis. Cabs and auto-rickshaws are available outside the airport and can be hired to travel to any part of the city.
2. By Rail: Trains from New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Jaipur and several other cities serve the city of Jodhpur. Apart from regular express and mail trains, the luxurious Palace on Wheels also caters to Jodhpur city. Many local taxis are available outside the station, which can be availed to travel to any part of the city.
3. By Road: Direct buses from New Delhi and Jaipur make road connectivity with Jodhpur convenient. Government-run Volvo coaches as well as numerous private deluxe and luxury buses are available on this route.
How to Reach Chopasani from Jodhpur
Chopasani is located 9 km from Jodhpur city, from which it can be reached by car or bus.
- Food stalls
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Parking facilities
- Unisex toilets
- Masks mandatory
- Sanitiser booths
- Socially distanced
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Warm clothing, as the nights and early mornings can get nippy.
2. Comfortable walking shoes.
3. A sturdy water bottle.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
About Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan
Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan
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