Jaipur Heritage International Festival

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Country and Region IndiaRajasthan
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Festival Contact Information

Jaipur Heritage Festival
Jaipur Virasat Foundation
E - 143, Ramesh Marg
C - Scheme,Jaipur 302 001 India
Phone: (91) 141-2222728
Fax: (91) 141-2222140
Email: info@jaipurfestival.org

Festival Description

National and international artists gather at the Jaipur festival to present a varied program of performances in dance, music and theater. The celebration of creativity also offers crafts, workshops and more. Many of the events are free. The Jaipur Heritage International Festival is a community initiative that offers a platform to stimulate the arts, business and tourism.

Jaipur Heritage International Festival (JHIF), India’s leading community-based arts festival, will return to venues across the city in January 2010 as part of a four-year heritage-based development strategy being led by the Government of Rajasthan.

Festival Dates January 14 - 25, 2010
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Festival Story:

Jaipur Heritage International Festival took place annually between 2003 and 2007, firmly establishing itself internationally as a leading brand in the sphere of creative city arts festivals. It generated more than USD$5 million (Rs. 20 Crores) of publicity for Jaipur and Rajasthan during this period as free editorial coverage. In 2006, JHIF became the first city festival anywhere in the world to receive endorsement from UNESCO as a ‘People’s Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development.

From January 2010, JHIF will be re-established as an annual city festival, reaching out to all sectors of civil society whilst helping to position Jaipur as a global, world-class heritage city. JHIF 2010-13 will thereby build on earlier public investment and benefit from its substantial brand equity established between 2003 and 2007.

Working under the leadership of Chief Patrons Mr. Shanti Dhariwal - Honorable Minister Urban Development & Local Self Government and Ms. Bina Kak – Honorable Minister Tourism, Art & Culture and working with the Mayor of Jaipur Mrs. Jyoti Khandelwal and Maharani Padmini Devi as Festival Patrons, JHIF 2010 will run from January 14th to 25th 2010. It will be the first of 4 annual festivals (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) delivered in partnership with the Government of Rajasthan by a consortium of professional cultural development agencies, NGOs and leading Jaipur citizens representing diverse interests within the city.


Festival Events:

Programming 2010:
  • The ‘Vikas and Virasat’ strategy will be presented through two major Jaipur Heritage Citizens Festival 2010 programmes designed to create awareness and stimulate public debate.
    • January 19 to 20
      ‘Heritage Rajasthan’: A two-day seminar presenting the holistic, Rajasthan-focused ‘Vikas & Virasat’ strategy, focusing on innovative strategies for change and the participation of experts and civil society in grassroots development;
    • January 19 to 29
      ‘Rajasthan – Conservation Challenges and the Dynamics of a Living Heritage’: An exhibition showcasing conservation initiatives being undertaken in Rajasthan’s nine cultural regions.
    • January 17
      ‘Banjaran – The Lore of Rajasthan’: A new musical composition by sitar maestro, Pandit Krishna Mohan Bhatt, inspired by love tales from Rajasthan and the many musical traditions that have roots this culturally fertile state;
    • January 18
      Asia Electric: A high energy music collaboration featuring Jazz guru Louiz Banks on keyboards, multi-instrumental wizard Sivamani on world percussions and young virtuoso Ravi Chari on sitar;
    • January 19
      ‘Ruhaniyat’: A programme of Sufi music conceived and presented by sarangi maestro, Ustad Sultan Khan, featuring Rekha Bharadwaj and Anwar Khan Manganiyar;
    • January 20
      ‘Dharohar’: A new crossover band that recently rocked Mehrangarh Fort during Jodhpur RIFF 2009, featuring folk artists from Rajasthan with British-Asian beatboxer, Jason Singh;
    • January 22
      Salesman Ramlal: A contemporary adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic play, Death of a Salesman, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan;
    • January 23
      The Caine Mutiny Court Martial: A gripping post-World War II courtroom drama directed by Naseeruddin Shah and presented by Motley Productions.


Other Sources:

Podcast interviews:
Articles and Reviews:
  • Entr’acte: Indian city seeks transformation through arts festival, by Alan Riding (International Herald Tribute Asia Pacific, January 31, 2007) http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/31/world/asia/31iht-entracte.html
  • Songlines Magazine - Jaipur Festival Profile, by Simon Broughton (November 2005)


Practical Info:

  • By air
    Jaipur is linked by air to delhi (40 min) , Mumbai (1 hour 30 min), Jodhpur (45min), Udaipur (1 hour 40min), Aurangabad (2 hours 20 min) by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways Flights. There are daily Indian Airlines flights from Dubai. Sanganer Airport is 15 km and 30 minutes away from town. Taxis and Auto rikshaws are available here.
  • By train
    Jaipur is well connected by rail to Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Secunderabad as well as to other destinations in the region including Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Kanpur. The Shatabdi Express is a convenient train to take from Delhi. It takes 4 hours 30 minutes, and runs every day except Mondays. There are pre-paid taxis available from the Station to all parts of Jaipur.
  • By road
    Jaipur is easily accessible by road. It is located on National Highway (NH) 8 which connects - Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and NH 11 which connects Agra and Bikaner. Taxi services are available from Delhi, approximate time of travel is about 4 1/2 hours and approximate fare for a semi-deluxe transfer is Rs.3000 (one way)
  • By bus
    Services—Several bus services ply on the Delhi - Jaipur - Agra golden triangle road. From Bikaner house (New Delhi) there are deluxe AC and Non AC bus services operated by the State Transport Corporations of Rajasthan


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