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Delhi swirls to melody at Sufi fest

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 06, 2013
First Published: 23:43 IST(6/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:45 IST(6/2/2013)

On Wednesday evening as the Capital lamented a fading winter, in one corner of the city, voices in rejoice were brightening up the ambience.

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Visitors at a packed Kamani auditorium got a unique chance to hear Sufi artistes from near and far showcasing their art in ode to the divine.

Musicians came from Spain, Russia, Iran, Tunisia and Azerbaijan as well as from Gujarat, Bengal, Bihar and Mumbai to be a part of the three-day Sufi festival, which has created a lot of enthusiasm beyond the circuit-regulars.

Subir Sen, a 40-year-old resident of CR Park, waited with patience for the gates to open.

“Sufi music is a genre which many of us are not much exposed to. I came with my colleague just to get a good glimpse into this mystic form of music and its different variants across the globe,” he said.

And different they are from one another.

While the flamenco trio from Spain has a charismatic air about their performance, the Mugam group from Azerbaijan is a favourite wherever they perform across the world.

While the Sidi Gomas from Gujarat, who have retained very little from their Swahili origins, bring in the jungle beats while worshipping the divine at their shrine, the Otaya Yo group from Russia provides a mixture of folk, punk and rock in a quirky manner.

The Bengal Bihar Sufi Folk group combines the madness of bauls and fakirs with the earthiness of the Nirgun singers, while Ghazal Sufi ensemble from Iran, an all-women troupe, brings musical tradition dating back to Pre-Islamic times.

According to Suresh K Goel, director general of ICCR, the organisers of the festival, such events goes on its journey to further establish the non-religious nature of Sufi traditions.


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