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Rajasthan signs 55 MOUs worth 586 crores in tourism industry

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Jaipur: Rajasthan Government has managed to sign 55 MOUs worth over 586 crores in the tourism sector with the private sector, an official statement said.

These projects, ranging from hotels and motels to resorts and museums and amusement parks and slated to be implemented within next two to three years, are expected to create employment opportunities for over 5,390 people in the state in the state when operational.

The MOUs were signed in the presence of Minister of State for Tourism Krishnendra Kaur.

Speaking on the occasion, she said: “During and after Resurgent Rajasthan Summit the state government has signed a total of 221 MOUs worth Rs.10,407.94 crores in the tourism sector. These MOUs are expected to create employment to over 40,700 people in the state.”

The summit was held here on November 19-20.

According to trade analysts, Rajasthan is showing an increasing number of MoUs in the tourism sector that highlights the growing inclination of the investor in this sector.

Twenty MOUs of over Rs.1,174 crore were signed in the tourism sector in the presence of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on February 27.

In last November, the state government had signed over a 100 MOUs in the sector, worth over Rs.2,600 crore.

Tourism is a good income generator for the state’s economy. According to travel industry experts, good air, rail and road connectivity and peaceful atmosphere coupled with lots of sightseeing places and shopping are some of the reasons attracting tourists and the state sees over 12 lakh foreign and over 2 crore domestic tourists annually.(IANS)

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Unique Cross-Cultural Experience In The Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival

The Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF) will once again merge local folk sounds with global ones for a unique cross-cultural experience

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Colors of Rajasthan at the Jodhpur RIFF. Wikimedia Commons

The desert of Rajasthan is home to a plethora of folk arts, and public festivals celebrating these folk forms are growing by the day. One such event, the Jodhpur Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), in its 12th edition between October 10 and 14, will once again merge local folk sounds with global ones for a unique cross-cultural experience.

The Jodhpur RIFF, as it is called, takes place annually at the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, and is curated by Divya Bhatia, who feels music events or festivals are “among the few forums left that allow for a joyful, shared experience for all, irrespective of background or social standing. One needs no prior knowledge or understanding to lose oneself in the art form, he added.

Bhatia also gave IANS a sneak peek into the lineup of the upcoming festival. “We have a new thrust on original and contemporary writing in the regional traditions and will be exploring some new lyrics and poetry from Rajasthan and Punjab,” he said.

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Colors of Rajasthan at the RIFF. Wikimedia Commons

The festival will also feature a collaboration between Rajasthani and Irish musicians and new work with Ballake Sissoko from Senegal, with the Authentic Light Orchestra from Switzerland and with the master of the Armenian duduk, Emmanuel Hovhannisyan.

Yissy Garcia from Cuba will be at the gala as first woman ‘Rustler’ — an artiste who collaborates with musicians of diverse forms. Ghatam maestro and Grammy-winning Vikku Vinayakram is also scheduled to perform, along with a performance by wonderful Punjabi singer Bir Singh, Afrobrat DJ Jose Marquez and some legendary Rajasthani music.

“Jodhpur RIFF recognises and celebrates our Rajasthani intangible heritage. Moreover, it creates opportunities and facilitates the judicious use of resources for the revitalisation of this heritage – providing inspiration, engagement and livelihood for traditional artists.

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“Today, because of the festival, our international collaborations and presentations across the world, Jodhpur RIFF has become the consistent single largest employer of Rajasthani folk musicians,” said Bhatia.

Does he find folk musicians stable and secure in their practice and livelihood?

“Folk musicians across India can do with much more stability and security. As listeners, I would encourage us to learn about them, discover them, buy their music, invite them to perform for us and attend all their live concerts,” he said. (IANS)