Our trip to Southern Spain over a decade ago, followed close on the heels of a fantastic week in Rajasthan. And I remember being struck by how closely the energy and the rhythm of Flamenco resembled the folk performances we had witnessed there. The connection wasn’t just my perception however, but a throwback to the beginnings of the gypsy dance form itself.
All nomadic gypsies it seems, trace their antecedents to the desert state of Rajasthan in India. Their flight from persecution by invading armies centuries ago, and several subsequent mass migrations, dispersed them across the middle East, Europe, and the Americas. While they adopted local cultures and languages, their distinct art forms retained much of the original flavour.
Imagine an effort to explore this shared musical heritage and reunite renowned international gypsy performers with their roots in the traditional desert genres of India. The Jodhpur Flamenco & Gypsy Festival does just that. In a magnificent medieval setting that is bound to create magic.
And I have been invited by WelcomHotel Jodhpur, to witness the magic unfold over this weekend!
I would never have dreamt, sitting in that touristy tablao in Seville all those years ago, that I would one day be watching authentic Flamenco in a royal citadel back home!
So I am off early tomorrow. My excitement only tempered by the fact that R is unable to accompany me.
I leave you with this teaser from the JFG site:
Have a great weekend. I know I will.
PS: Thumbnail courtesy JFG website