January is an effective time to strive your hand at one thing new, say block printing or Mughal miniature portray, led by consultants. Or would you reasonably take a stroll across the Golden Fort with a member of the royal household from the Home of Bhati, listening to long-forgotten tales? How about Sufi music on the sand dunes within the desert nightfall?
If any — or all — of those choices sound interesting, the debut version of Reth, an experiential pageant to be held in Jaisalmer from January 29, is simply the ticket. Curated by artist Laila Vaziralli and producer Dipankar Jojo Chaki, the five-day residential occasion goals to foster information sharing within the picturesque heritage properties of Narayan Niwas Palace and Nachana Haveli. “People can attend these workshops anywhere, but we wanted it to be grounded in tradition and culture,” says Vaziralli, additionally identified for founding Bengaluru’s Kitsch Mandi years in the past.
At Jaisalmer, workshops might be carried out by the likes of textile technologist Vikram Joshi (block printing) and artist Karl Knapp (portraiture). “Smartphone filming, led by cinematographer Viraj Singh, has evinced a lot of interest,” she provides. Singh, who is worked up to be conducting his first workshop, says prior expertise isn’t required. “Along with techniques, we will also be focussing on apps to use for editing on the phone,” he says.
The night leisure consists of movie screenings and musical performances: assume world music by Tritha Sinha with Jeremy Nattagh, Sufi folks by Aabha Hanjura and Manganiyar specials by Champe Khan and Troupe. “The festival is not just for creators or artisans, but for people from any walk of life to experience what they normally would not when they visit Jaisalmer. The attached artisan market and food experiences, among others, are designed to ensure this. Similarly, the festival can be recreated for the next edition in a completely different region,” concludes Vaziralli.
Reth takes place at Jaisalmer from January 29 to February 2. Tickets from ₹17,000 onwards (excluding lodging). Particulars on reth.co.in