Join Date: Oct 2010
Centre for Flamenco and Rajasthani Music studies in Jodhpur
Report by Santanu Ganguly, New Delhi: "Festival of Flamenco and Rajasthani Music" to be celebrated annually in Jodhpur. Mehrangarh Museum Trust inks MoU with the Fundación Cante de las Minas and the Embassy of Spain in India.To preserve and promote the original richness of the musical traditions, Mehrangarh Museum Trust, the Fundación Cante de las Minas, and the Embassy of Spain in India signed a Memorandum of Understanding tonight at Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur for the creation of a Centre for Flamenco and Rajasthani Music studies. This international centre will be set up at the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur.
Music and dance has always been a basic part of the intangible cultural heritage. It’s noteworthy that historic relation exists between the folklore of Rajasthan and the Spanish Flamenco; brought to Spain by the gypsy tribes, who were originally from Rajasthan. Considering this, it is essential to promote a better understanding of these relations and preserve the original richness of this musical tradition by setting up an international centre in Jodhpur.
With this purpose of preserving and promoting musical traditions, this centre would be jointly created by His Highness Gaj Singh II Maharaja of Jodhpur and Managing Trustee of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust; His Excellency, Mr. Francisco Bernabe, Mayor of the Union and President of the Fundación del Cante de las Minas; His Excellency, Mr. Gustavo de Arístegui y San Roman, Ambassador of Spain in India and Cav Roberto Nieddu, Director, CRN Productions.
The Mehrangarh Museum Trust, whose objective is to preserve the cultural and artistic heritage of Rajasthan, will provide the facilities where the activities of the centre will be carried out in the city of Jodhpur.
The Fundación Cante de las Minas, through the Las Minas world Wide Tour SL, will support the creation of a "Festival of Flamenco and Rajasthani Music" which will be celebrated annually in Jodhpur and shall be a highlight.
The Embassy of Spain in India will encourage within its programs of cultural cooperation, the exchange and the participation of artists of both countries in the activities of the centre and possible collaboration of Institutions such as Casa Asia and the Fundación Consejo España-India in this project.
His Highness Gaj Singh II Maharaja of Jodhpur and Managing Trustee of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust; His Excellency, Mr. Francisco Bernabe, Mayor of the Union and President of the Fundación del Cante de las Minas; His Excellency, Mr. Gustavo de Arístegui y San Roman, Ambassador of Spain in India and Cav Roberto Nieddu, Director, CRN Productions, Mr Karni Jasol, Director, Mehrangarh Museum Trust etc were present during the signing of MoU.
“Signing of this MoU is an honourable occasion for us. Flamenco’s roots are related to Rajasthan and it is like coming together of two culturally similar music once again. This centre will attract people and through this they will understand the music. Mehrangarh Museum Trust has always promoted cultural programmes and this programme is a new add-on to the existing list of programmes. We look forward for this collaboration and hope to see Jodhpur soon as cultural centre of Rajasthan,” - His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II, Managing Trustee of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust
“This is for the first time in history that such collaboration is taking place. We have our own roots here and once again we are back to the roots to start it all over again. We are going to set an example with this centre that no matter what, if someone really wishes to understand musical traditions then there are no barriers which exist,”- His Excellency, Mr. Francisco Bernabe, Mayor of the Union and President of the Fundación del Cante de las Minas
“This is a historic moment for all of us. Flamenco is not only for music but rather is an expression depicting emotions, which is linked to our heart directly. This project shall be recognised as a big project in near future. Mehrangarh Museum Trust is, as it is hosting world class events and it’s a pleasure for us to work with them. Once the centre starts, everybody will come to know about the richness of the culture and musical traditions,”- His Excellency, Mr. Gustavo de Arístegui y San Roman, Ambassador of Spain in India
“We are all very excited about this centre as this cultural centre shall not only preserve the musical traditions of Flamenco and Rajasthani Music but shall also promote this musical art form through which the young generation will get a chance to learn and appreciate. Rajasthani Folk musicians, Flamenco performers and people who have always appreciated both the forms and have been interested in either Flamenco or Rajasthani Music will now get a chance to understand and become skilled at it, ’’- Mr Karni Jasol, Director, Mehrangarh Museum Trust
After the signing of MoU, there was an enthralling performance given by group RAÍCES FLAMENCAS. The performers were Maria Canea (Dance), Antonio Mejias (Singing and clapping), Antonio Munoz (Guitar) and Josue Rodriguez (Percussion).This mesmerizing performance was unique in its own way. This was followed by a Rajasthani Music performance given by Langa Group from the land of desert. Abdul Rashid Khan (Vocals), Iklash Khan (Sarangi), Zakir Khan (Khartal), Saddik Khan (Dholak) and Asha Sapera (Kalbeliya Dancer) gave their mesmerizing performance which left the audience enchanted. This was although an evening performance but this undoubtedly gave a basic introduction about both the traditional music and which also made everyone aware about the similarities shared between both the cultures.