SHEKHAWATI UTSAV MOMASAR
JVF Phase 2: repositioning and showcasing the abundance of intangible musical heritage of Rajasthan and its rural musician communities
The Rajasthan Folk Festival, Momasar, is a cultural rural festival that is being facilitated by JVF since 2011 and has gradually evolved into a community-owned festival.
Mustering local resources, JVF enables the annual creation of a self-sufficient village festival focused on the stories, music, art and food of the local communities of Rajasthan.
- Create a cultural platform that is rooted in the traditional environment to bring out and showcase the best that Rajasthan folk traditions have to offer
- Serve as an annual meeting point for artists to exchange ideas, to create new musical formats and to celebrate one’s roots
- Create a platform for new artists to showcase their talent
- Provide opportunity and motivation to the local youth to own the festival which then creates social-cultural change within the village. For instance, cleanliness drive, craft revival initiated/owned by the youth and children.
- Aid in the continuation of the traditional legacies by engaging the youth and keeping their interest
- Audience: This year the festival had a footfall of 8K-9K visitors which included people coming down from over 30 villages/cities from across India and international attendees.
- Artists: Over a span of 2 days, the festival highlighted the work of 220 artists from 23 different communities of Rajasthan.
- Special Guests: Arjun Prajapati Ji (Sculptor, Padma Shri), Shakir Ali (Miniature Painting, Padma Shri), Ramkishore Chinpa (Block Printing, Bagru - Padma Shri), Prahlad Tipania (Kabir Vani Gayak, Padma Shri), Mr. Vikram Golcha (JVF Trustee), Dr. Rima Hooja (JVF Trustee), Dr. David Roche, Surendra Patawari (NRI, Belgium)
Publications & Telecasts
- The 3-hr long main stage event on Oct 17th was live telecasted on Doordarshan National
- Festival reports on ETV Rajasthan & Zee TV
- Press Articles & Coverage (English): Times of India, Hindustan Times, DNA, Arbit
- Press Articles & Coverage (Hindi): Dainik Bhaskar, Rajasthan Patrika, Daily News, Rashtra Doot, Punjab Kesari