Dear Friend,

Greetings from Jodhpur RIFF.

We are here today with an urgent message at a very unusual moment in our collective history.

The coronavirus (COVID-19), the biggest global health crisis of our lifetime, has changed the way in which we live. Countries, including India, have been under unprecedented and severe ‘lockdown’ for the last 40 days and will continue to be thus for a good while longer.

Some of our fantastic and exceptional musicians and performers, with no work and no income, living in remote communities that are already poor, fragile, and marginalised, are being rudely affected and harshly impacted on a scale never seen before.

Among the most severely affected are the rural musicians and performers from the deserts of Rajasthan.

As you are aware, the traditional musicians of Rajasthan are at the heart of our work at Jodhpur RIFF. They are custodians of their culture, carrying with grace and humility the traditions and wisdom of generations. They are incredible performers who can enthrall us, make us dance and charm us with their talent, their energy and their joie de vivre.

But these past few weeks have been sad, complex and uncertain for them.

They are struggling to cope with costs of food and healthcare, unable to earn a living while under lockdown, ill or quarantined. And in spite of the efforts of government and non-government agencies, accessing food is increasingly difficult, access to healthcare is already very limited and, for most people, simply not affordable. They are suffering tremendous hardship.

    How you can help? Give to the Coronavirus Relief Project
  • INRs. 2250.00 or UK£ 25.00 provides food for 3 families for one week
  • INRs. 9000 or UK£ 100.00 supports costs of emergency healthcare for one person

Whatever the size, every donation is invaluable and received with sincere gratitude. And your support is needed now!

How to make your donation?

At this stage we are only receiving donations as direct transfers to the accounts servicing the relief effort. The details of these accounts are as follows:

To make your donation* within India:
Beneficiary name: Mehrangarh Museum Trust A/c J-RIFF
Account Number: 310002010221380
Bank Name: Union Bank of India
Branch address: Chand sa Takiya, Sojati Gate, Jodhpur, Rajasthan – 342001
IFSC Code: UBIN0531006

International donations (except UK):
Beneficiary name: Mehrangarh Museum Trust FC A/c
Account Number: 310004010023310
Bank name: Union Bank of India
Branch address: Chand sa Takiya, Sojati Gate, Jodhpur, Rajasthan – 342001
IFSC Code:UBIN0531006
SWIFT Code: UBININBBJOD

If you are in the UK, Jaipur Heritage Trust, a UK registered charity and which has partnered with Jodhpur RIFF in numerous projects, has agreed to accept donations on our behalf for this relief project. Contact us for a **Gift Aid (UK) declaration form.

Please make your donation via bank transfer, using the reference JRIFF Appeal – Coronavirus Project.

Donations within the UK:
Account name: Jaipur Heritage Trust
Bank Account No: 80375675
Bank: Barclays
Sort code: 20-69-15

*(Donors in India note: All donations are eligible for 50% tax relief under section 80G of the Income-tax Act, 1961)

**(Donors who are UK tax payers, please contact us for a Gift Aid declaration form, as we will be able to claim another 25% of the value of your donation, at no extra cost to you).

Please send us transaction details of your donation in an email to info@jodhpurriff.org with ‘CORONAVIRUS ARTIST RELIEF PROJECT’ in the subject line.

Please note: The Jodhpur RIFF team and our village representatives are working on a voluntary basis. All admin costs are covered by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust. All donations will be used only to purchase food kits or medicines and medical services.

Please also note: Updates on this appeal and other projects will be posted on our Facebook page, mid-May onwards [https://www.facebook.com/JodhpurRIFF/ ].

The Coronavirus Relief Project is led by Jodhpur RIFF in association with the World Sacred Spirit festival and is supported by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust (Rajasthan).

On behalf of the folk musicians’ communities of Rajasthan and the entire Jodhpur RIFF team, thank you for being with us.

The arts are a deceptively simple way of appreciating and enjoying life, a way that might otherwise be forgotten. And Jodhpur RIFF is committed to ensuring that the indigenous and folk arts are sustained in Rajasthan, at a time when all the arts are having to voice their respective challenges.

We are confident that this present crisis shall pass, and we will be ready to embrace the future. Possibly one that focuses even more on the slow and reflective, the meditative and mindful, the handcrafted and the intimate... not unlike Jodhpur RIFF. So people can continue to keep in touch with that special, deeper part of themselves and bring more care, compassion and gratitude to our planet and our communities.

Thank you, once again.

If you have any queries about Jodhpur RIFF or this appeal, please contact Siân Mexsom, Corporate and Liaison Officer for Jodhpur RIFF - email sian.mexsom@talktalk.net or call 0044 (0) 7881955041.

Or then email us at: info@jodhpurriff.org or like our Facebook page and send us a message through: https://www.facebook.com/JodhpurRIFF/

Stay Safe. Keep Positive.

With warm wishes,
Divya Bhatia
Festival Director
Jodhpur RIFF
May 2020