The Folk Music of Rajasthan, India

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Fall 2010

Project Description/Abstract

India is one of the most diverse nations in the world. Comprised of 28 states, the country is home to a large number of ethnic groups residing in various parts of the nation. The wealth of cultural traditions and folk arts in the country are astounding. Proposed is a project to make a documentary film on the folk music of Rajasthan, a northwestern state in India.

Traveling in India is like traveling to various countries. Each state has its own language, cultural traditions and art forms. This diversity is one of the key strengths of the country. India's folk art, reflected in music, dance and other forms, is amazing in its variety and resonates itself in the everyday lives of people. An integral part of society, folk art is present in the abundance of festivals, ceremonies and celebrations.

While Indian classical music has established itself as a distinguished musical entity internationally, Indian folk music is still not that well known, even though it constitutes a vital part of everyday Indian life. The present project proposes to bring more awareness on this vibrant art form to the world through the audio-visual medium of film.

For the present project I will be traveling to India in February 2011 to shoot the Desert Festival, held each year in the state of Rajasthan. Festivals are one of the optimum ways to capture a wide variety of Indian folk arts in a short amount of time. The Desert Festival is a 3 day festival where musicians from various parts of the state gather and perform. During this time I will not only be able to capture much music on film but, as well, be able to conduct interviews with musicians and possibly with other appropriate sources.

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