Keeping Folk Music Alive with Rajasthan Kabir Yatra
Rajasthan Kabir Yatra is India’s longest-travelling folk music festival, celebrating the oral traditions of the Bhakti, Nirgun and Sufi poetry of Kabir, Mirabai, Baba Bulleshah, Gorakhnath, Shah Lateef and other saints and sages. The festival voyages across the rural regions of Rajasthan every year from 2 to 8 October. The festival is a platform for musicians, artists, scholars, students and other enthusiasts from different communities, who immerse themselves and their audiences in the world of poetry, philosophy and music.
The first Rajasthan Kabir Yatra was initiated in 2012 under the NGO Lokayan Sansthan. The Project Taana Baana held the festival from 2016 to 2019 in partnership with the Rajasthan Police and the Department of Tourism, aiming to nurture harmonious relationships between various communities to ensure peaceful coexistence. Due to the pandemic, the festival was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 but resumed in 2022 with its sixth edition. Starting from Udaipur, the Yatra travelled across the regions of Kumbhalgarh, Chittorgarh and Bhilwara and concluded in Jaipur.