Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India], April 20: Today, Rahis Bharti and his Dhoad Band are a renowned name in Rajasthani folk music across the world. Since childhood, Bharti had a great fondness for Rajasthani folk music as it was in his blood as his family had been into music for seven generations. Although he was born into a poor family, he had dreamed big of bringing Rajasthani folk music to the world and today his dream has come true. He struggled a lot to acquaint the people of the world with the culture and tradition of India and Rajasthan. Originally from the village of Dhod in the district of Sikar in Rajasthan, Bharti traveled 22 years ago to Corsica in France and started his group called “Dhoad”. He single handedly took Rajasthani folk music across the world and also gave opportunity to hundreds of local artists from small villages in Rajasthan to international platforms. Her journey from a small village in Rajasthan to the international platform impressed French author Martine Le Coz, winner of the Prix Renaudot, and she wrote a book about Bharti’s life titled “Le Coeur Battant Du Rajasthan-Rahis Bharti & Dhoad” (Heartbeat of Rajasthan – Rahis Bharti & Dhoad). The book will be released at the Paris Book Fair which will be held from April 21 to 24. India will be the guest of honor at this book fair known as the Festival du Livre de Paris on the occasion of its 75th anniversary of independence. Note that French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Delhi in 2018 met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Noting the importance of literature in promoting friendly relations between the two countries, the leaders welcomed India’s participation as guest of honor at the 42nd edition of the French Book Fair in 2020, but in Due to the corona pandemic, this fair is now organized from April 21 to 24, 2022. Reciprocally, France will participate as guest of honor at the New Delhi World Book Fair. Bharti and his group Dhoad have also been invited to perform at the inauguration of the book fair on April 21 under the patronage of the Indian Embassy in France, which will be attended by Indian Ambassador to France Jawed Ashraf and other dignitaries. National Book Trust Chairman Prof. Govind Prasad Sharma will publish the book “Heartbeat of Rajasthan – Rahis Bharti & Dhoad” at the Paris Book Fair on April 23 and author Martine Le Coz will also be present. The book contains messages from Governor of Rajasthan Kalraj Mishra, Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot, Commissioner of Rajasthan Foundation Dheeraj Srivastava, Famous French rock singer Matthieu Chedid, Chairman of Indian Council for Cultural Relations ( ICCR) and MP Rajya Sabha Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and many others. Martine Le Coz said: “Meeting Rahis Bharti and his group Dhoad was another way of being connected with a very old and generous Indian tradition.” The 180-page book reflects the culture and art of Rajasthan, the life of Bharti, how he created the empire as a musician, created cultural bridges between Rajasthan and the world, all the achievements as well as beautiful monuments, palaces of the desert state of India. He also received the Cultural Ambassador Award from the International Dance Council, CID-UNESCO, Ashiya Japan Section in Tokyo in 2019 for his outstanding contribution to building bridges of friendship between countries through dance and music. Bharti said, “I feel very happy and happy about the release of a book about me and my band. My goal was to introduce Rajasthani dance forms through local artists on the international platform and gain recognition. I want to preserve traditional folk music and popularize it around the world. Bharti born in a poor, simple and traditional family has contributed a lot to the field of folk music and also to the empowerment of local artists. It is through Bharti’s vision and mission that the music of Rajasthan has become widely popular and loved by millions of people around the world. Over the past 22 years, Bharti and his band have performed in over 2500 concerts and shows in over 120 countries. It has provided an international platform to more than 700 local artists in Rajasthan and empowered them.
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