Entertainment in Rajasthan comes in form of music, dance, puppetry, tourist events and different kinds of festivals. Rajasthan music dances have a long history and are famous not only in India but also in various parts of the world.
The ochre beauty of Rajasthan coupled with its age old tradition and cultural heritage and tourist landmarks have attracted tourists for over the years. Entertainment in Rajasthan reflects the rich tradition and culture of the state. Be it the music of the state of the Rajasthan or the local dances, each and every form of Rajasthani entertainment are an integral part of the tradition of the state.
The different forms of entertainments of Rajasthan dominate a significant part of the cultural of Rajasthan.
Music of Rajasthan is enmeshed in a long history. Folk music of Rajasthan dates back to the time of the different kings and emperors who has ruled Rajasthan. The different kings and emperors had court bards who usually sang in praise of the bravery of the kings. These songs or ballads also known as 'Rasos', are still heard in the different parts of Rajasthan. Composed by Chand Bardai, court bard of King Prithviraj Chauhan, the 'Prithiviraj Raso' has retained its popularity even today. Folk music of Rajasthan which attract tourists from all over mainly spread awareness on social development and health issues.
Synonymous with Rajasthan, puppetry holds a significant part in the entertainment of the state. This traditional entertainment of Rajasthan is an important art form. Mainly, folk tales, epics as well as social messages are spread through puppetry.
Rajasthani dance is famous all over India and even throughout the world. This extremely colorful form of art and entertainment of Rajasthan involves traditional dances like Chari, Bhavai, Ghoomar, Ghair, Kacchi Ghodi and more. Both women and men participate in these dances. The women dress themselves in decorated clothes with works of mirror and even intricate embroidery.
Fairs and festivals is an important part of the lives of the Rajasthani people. One of the most famous festivals held in the month of February in Jaisalmer is the Desert Festival. Numerous cultural events, competitions, musical performances are held during this principal festival of Rajasthan.
Held during the time of Holi, Elephant Festival is one of the major tourist attractions of Rajasthan. The elephants are decorated with vibrant colors and carry tourists on backs. Elephant polo and elephant races are a part of this festival.
Rajasthan being one of the major international tourist hubs of the world, different events for tourists are held all round the year. The different tourist events bring out the culture and tradition of the state of Rajasthan. Along with traditional festivals like Teej Festival and Gangaur Festival, some modern festivals are also held for the entertainment of the tourists.