RRAP (Rajasthan Rural Arts Programme) aims to expand Rajasthan’s rural economy by conserving and repositioning traditional creative skills and transforming them into modern and sustainable assets. While focusing on Rajasthan’s human-based resources (traditional knowledge, performing arts, and legacy skills), RRAP intends to promote and enhance the region’s remarkable legacy of traditional folk music and performing arts, while providing a new field of rural employment in times of climate crisis, and dependence on carbon-based resources.
By taking part in the RRAP International Exchange Programme, the resident will engage in innovative collaborative projects with the performing artists of Rajasthan. This residency is conceived as a mutual dialogue between the French artist/curator and the members of RRAP’s artistic network, for the benefit and growth of all participants.
Jodhpur is the second-largest city in the state of Rajasthan. Although it is now considered an Indian Metropol, its most aesthetic value is the historic city center, including its central and iconic Mehrangarh Fort. The town was formerly the seat of the princely state of Jodhpur, the capital of the Kingdom of Marwar. Jodhpur is famous for its many palaces, forts, and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert. It is popularly known as the "Blue City," as many houses around the iconic fort are painted blue. Next to its tangible sites, the region is known for its intangible richness, including performing arts and crafts, but also education; hence it is the academic center of the state of Rajasthan, with its many institutes and universities. While staying in the historical heart of town, the resident will have the opportunity to work at multiple venues in the city, getting exposure and inspiration to all facets of the town and its environment.