Rajasthan Kabir Yatra
Rajasthan Kabir Yatra
This folk music festival, which travels across the rural regions of Rajasthan between 2 and 8 October every year, is a place for musicians, artists, scholars, students and seekers to immerse themselves in the worlds of Bhakti and Sufi poetry. Featuring over 30 performers, Rajasthan Kabir Yatra was inspired by spiritual traditions such as the jaagran/satsang, an all-night event where singers from different communities come together to sing and discuss the works of poet-saints such as Kabir, Mirabai and Bulleh Shah.
Hindustani classical vocalist Madhup Mudgal, folk singer Prahlad Singh Tipaniya, filmmaker Shabnam Virmani and folk-fusion acts such as Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe and Vedanth Bharadwaj have been part of previous editions of Rajasthan Kabir Yatra. Non-profit Lokayan Sansthan, in partnership with the Rajasthan Police and the Department of Tourism, stages the festival, which was launched in 2012 and was held annually from 2016 to 2019. The festival, which did not take place in 2020 and 2021, was held in October 2022. The festival began in Udaipur (02 October) and was held in the regions of Kotda (03 October), Phalasiya (04 October), Kumbhalgarh (05 October), Rajsamand (06 October), Salumbar (07 October) and Bhim (08 October) in 2022.
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Highlights from the Past
This is not an ordinary music festival. Here, the audience not only gets to experience the rich folk music of rural Rajasthan, they also get a chance to interact with the village community, try their authentic cuisine, and stay with their families and travel together with the folk musicians. Attendees are advised to put their digital gadgets away and experience nature in its absolute raw glory.
How To Get There
How to reach Rajasthan
1. By Air: There are three major airports in Rajasthan, namely Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jodhpur, which operate both domestic and international flights. If you’re travelling to Rajasthan from Delhi, then Jaipur is the most convenient entry point, but if you’re planning to enter it from Mumbai, then Udaipur will be the best choice.
2. By Rail: Rajasthan is well linked to all the major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkatta, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad through railway lines and it has its major railway stations in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ajmer and Udaipur. These stations are well connected to the other important cities of Rajasthan including Kota, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Alwar, Bundi, Chittorgarh and Jaisalmer. For a royal journey to Rajasthan, you can take the Palace on Wheels, which runs through Jaipur.
3. By Road: There is a good network of national highways and state highways in Rajasthan, which covers the entire state and links it to the other major cities of India. Four lanes of NH 8 pass through Jaipur, Udaipur and Agra. Rajasthan is only a five-hour drive from Delhi and many tourists prefer to travel from the capital by road. The bus service to and from Rajasthan is also convenient to use.
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Items & Accessories to Carry
1. The weather during October tends to be hot as average temperatures vary between 22° C and 33°C with three to eight days of rain. Make sure you carry loose and airy cotton clothes with long sleeves to tackle the hot weather.
2. An umbrella, if you happen to get caught in a sudden shower.
3. Walking shoes. Since the festival is typically spread out in multiple locations, sensible shoes or trainers are a good option.
4. A sturdy water bottle.
5. COVID packs: Sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate.
About Lokayan Sansthan
Bikaner-based Lokayan Sansthan, the name of which translates as “dialogue among people”, was registered…
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