If Sufi music stirs your heart and words of mystic saints endear you to the idea of communion with the ultimate being, this is an event you would not like to miss at any cost.
Singers from India and Pakist an will unite to bring alive the Sufi poetry from the land of mystics Sindh as part of Delhi Celebrates, an initiative of Delhi Governments Department of Art, Culture & Languages and Sindhi Academy.
The two-day event is intended not only for the lovers of the Sufi tradition but will also appeal to the lovers of Sindhi, the ancient language of the Sindh region that has inspired its own culture of art, literature and music.
The event will be held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) on the evenings of March 16 and 17 starting from 5.00 pm on each day.
Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit will be the chief guest and Honorable Minister for Education, Women and Child Development and Languages, Prof Kiran Walia, will be the Guest of Honour.
Two leading singers from Pakistan Sanam Marvi and Tufail Sanjrani will come together with their Indian counterparts Ghansham Vaswani, Kajal Chandiramani and Uma Lalla to showcase the shared culture of Sindhis and poetry of Sufis like Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai. Kathak dancer Namrata Pamnani will also perform at the festival.
Sufi poetry has a very strong history and tradition. In fact, the ever popular Qawwali song Dama Dam Mast Qalandar had origins in Sindh and its spirituality. It is unfortunate that Sindhis in India are not aware of their rich legacy, and through this event we want to revive an interest in the language and provide a platform to nurture its culture, says Sindhu Mishra Bhagia, Secretary of Sindhi Academy.
Known as a land where the Sufi strain of Islam led to the emergence of many a saint and poet, Sindh province of Pakistan is still overrun by the flavor of Sufism whose influence can be observed in the daily life of the region.
Wind blew! The sand enveloped the body
Whatever little life left is to see the beloved
The couplet by 18th century legendary Sindhi mystic Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai encapsulates a Sufis love of God and his desire to embrace death to meet his beloved. The performances are sure to be a trance-like experience for the lovers of this idea.