World Sacred Spirit Festival

Each February, the World Sacred Spirit Festival brings together eminent musicians from all over the world to explore the sacred through different forms of art from music and chant to dance and poetry. A festival of Sufi-inspired devotional music set in the magical and prestigious sites of Ahhichatragarh in Nagaur and Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.

Preparation du festival soufi

Ahhichatragarh fort Nagaur

It takes place first at Nagaur Fort or Ahhichatragarh, a gem of Rajput-Moghul architecture whose walls enclose numerous palaces and pleasure gardens that provide an idyllic setting for a Sufi festival.

The Nagaur festival is open only to those staying within the fort, in the camps or at the Ranvas hotel, and targets a fairly well-off audience. You’ll have to book at least six months in advance.

 

Le fort Mehrangarh pendant les concerts sacred

Mehrangarh Fort during a concert

The World Sacred Spirit Festival then opens in the imposing Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.

Mehrangarh Fort is undeniably one of the loveliest forts in Rajasthan and is often, and rightly, described as “magnificent”.

The programme is practically identical for both festivals. The line-up in 2015 included Li Daiguo (a talentuous chinese artist), Pt. Kushal Das (sitar), Françoise Atlan and Sukhdev Prasad Mishra (carnatic violon and Andalusia songs), Nour Ensemble (persian tradition and polyphony), Cherifa (the voice of Atlas mountains), Mandingo Ensemble with Ballaké Sissoko (cora), The “Shye Ben Tzur Rajasthan Express” with guest star Jonny Greenwood.

The World Sacred Spirit Festival is a mandatory cultural stop for visitors to Rajasthan, for its dream setting as well as its top-notch programme.

“Over the years, World Sacred Spirit Festival has become one of the awaited music festivals that stages artists from across the globe and that satiate the sacred music desire of the music enthusiasts.” (Sting, festival patron)

=> official website

 

[ Share 🙂 ]

You might also like

Desert Festival
Tattooing and camel races, moustache contests, moonlight concerts among the dunes: for three days in January-Februa...
Modhera Dance Festival
The Modhera Dance Festival or Uttarardh Mahotsav is set against the backdrop of Modhera's majestic sun temple, dres...
Jodhpur
Overlooked by its imposing fort (called "the magnificent"), the blue city makes the most of its heritage ...
Leh, grandiose mountains and white-clad monasteries
Leh, capital of Ladakh, reveals a very different side of Jammu & Kashmir. Here verdant meadows give way to ...
Gangaur, the women’s festival of Rajasthan
Gangaur is a colourful women's festival that is mainly celebrated in Rajasthan. It starts in spring and lasts up to...
Krishna Jayanti, the birth of the dark-faced lord
The Hindu festival of Krishna Jayanti or Krishna Janamashtami marks the birth of the dark-faced, flute-playing god ...
Goa
Goa, the 'Pearl of the Orient', is a state of south-west India renowned for its endless beaches and its festive and...
Khonoma, Nagaland
Perched on a rocky spur 1200m above sea level and 20km from the capital Kohima, the village of Khonoma with its dis...
Bodhgaya, the land of Buddha’s Enlightenment
At the age of 29, Siddharta Gautama, Prince of Kapilavastu, abandoned his material and worldly life to find the tru...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

X