Puqaar, guided by this year's theme of preservation, highlights folk artforms and musical endeavors rooted in the region's history. This edition emphasizes haveli sangeet, ghazal, and Rajasthani folk music—a storytelling journey reflecting deep devotion and love for the divine.
Haveli sangeet, characterized by a fusion of classical and folk elements, weaves classical raags and taals with folk melodies and instruments. Influenced by the Bhakti tradition, it presents songs as part of a thematic sequence, conveying stories from Hindu mythology. Performers for Mann Mohyo Sawaro (haveli sangeet) on Saturday include classical vocalists Vinay Sugatha Ramadasan, Anuja Zokarkar, Nusrat Apoorv, Vaibhav Wavikar, and Omkar Dalvi.
One of the most celebrated ghazal maestros, Ustad Mehdi Hassan, was born in the city of Luna in Rajasthan, a mere 25 min from Alsisar. Taking inspiration from that cultural lineage is the new ghazal act, t=0, Time Equals Zero, who will skilfully intertwine original ghazal poetry from luminaries like Ghalib and Bahadur Shah Zafar into mesmerizing melodies and textured soundscapes during a performance on Friday on the palace rooftop.
This year's showcase also moves folk musicians from Rajasthan indoors to the Darbar Hall on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Puqaar will include in its fold Mandana and Gond folk arts, with the Gond artists creating a mural in the palace courtyard and holding workshops. There will also be a small crafts shop selling paintings by folk artists from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharashtra.