RRAP International Exchange Program

Residency brief

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.

  • Thematic focus Performing arts (music)
  • Location Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
  • Dates September - October 2023 or March - April 2024
  • Length of stay 1 month (with possible extension)

Our Space

Jodhpur (Rajasthan)

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.

Residency conditions

  • The resident will be provided with studio facilities, as well as basic equipment (sound system and projectors). Any additional equipment will have to be rented by the resident.
  • The resident will be provided with on-site accommodation, which includes a double bedroom (air-conditioned, breakfast included) with an attached bathroom.
  • The resident will receive a fixed stipend of INR. 70,000 per month to cover his/her food and living expenses.
  • The resident’s travel costs to and from his/her home address will be covered by the French Institute in India.
  • The resident should be willing to devote up to 20% of the residency time to participate in various public engagement events organized by RRAP, or the French Institute in India, including a restitution event at the end of the residency, under the in a format of his/her choice (lecture demonstration, talk, performance, workshop, etc.).
  • The resident is expected to produce a short report about his/her experience, in a free format, that could be published later on.

Eligibility criteria

The resident has to be autonomous and must have a working knowledge of English.