The iconic Jaigarh Fort, nestled amidst the Aravalli Hills, is going to host ‘The Jaigarh Festival’ for the first time on 9th and 10th December to celebrate 4 glorious decades of being opened to the public as a tourist destination. This will be the first and unique festival of its kind, which is based on preserving and promoting the heritage, arts and crafts of Rajasthan.
Jaigarh Fort, maintained by the Jaigarh Public Charitable Trust, was inaugurated by Late Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh in 1983.
Talking about the festival, Sawai Padmanabh Singh said that Jaigarh has witnessed centuries of valor and cultural richness and it is our responsibility to share this heritage and celebrate its grandeur. The festival is a platform to showcase the heritage, arts and crafts that define our identity and connect with a diverse audience.
A highlight of ‘The Jaigarh Festival’ is the Heritage Arts and Crafts Masterclass Workshops, where renowned artisans from the royal ‘Gunijankhana’ will conduct various workshops showcasing the intricate heritage arts and crafts of Rajasthan. There will also be folk performances and ‘pop-ups’ showcasing the vibrant culture of Rajasthan, giving a glimpse of the artistic traditions of the state. A specially curated Fort Walk at the festival will provide visitors with an insight into the historical and architectural significance of Jaigarh.
The festival will also feature panel discussions and talks by experts on history, art, architecture and other heritage topics. Apart from this, a festival market will also be organized with a variety of cuisines and craft-based products.
On December 9, the first day of the festival, the lamp will be lit by members of the royal family at 10.30 am. This will be followed by art and craft workshops and ‘demonstration’, talk show, fort walk, and screening of National Award winning filmmaker Suruchi Sharma’s film ‘Meen Raag’.
The closing ceremony will be held on December 10, the second day of the festival, in which classical and folk performances will be performed and workshop participants will be felicitated. After this, an art exhibition and festival market will also be organized during the day.
School, college, and university students, academicians, artists, art lovers, music lovers, history lovers, architecture lovers, shoppers, culture workers, and eminent personalities from various fields will participate in the festival. Representatives of allied organizations like the Army, Government, Air Force, etc. will also participate in the program.