8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Veer Durga Das Memorial Park
Entry Free (note: this event is only for schools)
Kathputli – String puppetry using wooden dolls or marionettes, the kathputli is performed on a miniature stage with highly dramatic narration and music, retelling stories that reflect pertinent social concerns or the valour of erstwhile kings. It was the most popular form of children’s entertainment and even though there are few accomplished practitioners left today, it continues to hold an iconic status in Rajasthan’s performing arts culture.
Ghoomer – Initially introduced by the Bhil tribe of Rajasthan and then gradually adopted by other communities, ghoomer is a dance where women in their traditional ghagra (long swirling skirt) and choli (blouse) pirouette while moving in and out of a wide circle, to the tune of traditional songs and the rhythm of hands clapping. The word ‘ghoomna’ describes the twirling movement of the dancers and is the basis of the word ‘ghoomer’.
Kachchi Ghodi – A novel dance form performed on colourful dummy-horses.
Men in elaborate and embellished costumes dance rhythmically to beating drums, under a large umbrella chhatarkotla– while a singer narrates the exploits of the Bhavaria bandits of Shekhawati.
Young Langa musicians – For our young audiences we present young sarangiya Langa musicians, who sing and play the exquisite Sindhi sarangi. Trained by their ustad, the budding young masters of the community will share their music and hopefully, inspire school children as they continue to uphold the legacy of their forefathers.
Rajasthani Circus – India’s earliest circuses featured numerous traditional performing art forms from Rajasthan – acrobats, magicians, musicians, dancers and a variety of Bhawai artists performing daring feats. While it is rare to see such acts today, the Kawa circus and Jodhpur RIFF assemble some of the best artists still performing these forms, to re-create a traditional circus for our young audiences.
Bhapang – an unusual, single-stringed ‘talking drum’ is a classic folk instrument, particular to the Mewat region of Rajasthan. Coupled with equal parts music and hilarity, a group of talented bhapang artists will perform in unison for our young audiences.
Teraah Taali – Created and traditionally performed by the Kamad community, the performers in teraah taali move to the reverberating sounds of thirteen (teraah) cymbals or manjira that are fastened to their waist, wrists, elbows, and hands. This dance form is an electric mix of movement and sound and gives the unique impression that the dance itself is producing.
music instead of following music. Punctuated with displays of balancing multiple pots piled on a dancer’s head, holding a sword between one’s teeth or lit oil lamps on one’s palms, the teraah taali form is a unique demonstration of skill, agility and grace.