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Celebrating the tradition of gypsy music and dance, a first-of-its-kind centre for flamenco and Rajasthani music will be established in Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort. On May 13 in Jodhpur, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Fundacion Cante de las Minas and the Embassy of Spain in India for the centre to promote study and preservation of the common ancestral roots of flamenco and Rajasthani music in Jodhpur. This was announced on Tuesday at Instituto Cervantes.

Apart from preservation, the project aims to teach the musical traditions of flamenco and Rajasthani music, promote appreciation, cultural exchange and collaborations of artistes from both countries.

The centre will also host the annual Jodhpur Flamenco and Rajasthani Festival, an approximately week-long affair, which will feature flamenco as well as singing, dancing and musical performances. In addition, Fundacion Cante de las Minas, which hosts Las Minas Flamenco, one of the oldest and reputed festivals in Spain, will have a special section for gypsy artistes from India, especially those who will receive awards at the Jodhpur Flamenco and Rajasthani Festival. The Delhi announcement, in fact, gave a taste of the festival with a rivetting performance by Las Minas Flamenco Festival award-winning gypsy Flamenco artistes.

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