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Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, February 05, 2013
Musicians from Spain, Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran, Tunisia and India are set to showcase traditions of sufism, especially its links to India through the Silk Route, in a three-day music festival in the Capital.

Beginning on February 6 with performances by Pinana brothers group from Spain, Azerbaijan's Mugam group as well as Sidi Goma group from Gujarat, the music festival is part of the third International Sufi Festival, organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

Linking up Europe, India, Middle East with Central Asia. on the Silk Route, Sufism today is a global phenomenon that transcends religion.

The 'Ghazal Sufi Ensemble' from Iran has been pegged as a major attraction. The troupe, formed in 2010 by Sahar Lotfi and Maryam Gharasou, represents the Sufi tradition of Iran, which dates back to as early as the pre-Islamic times, when it derived extensive recognition in Persian literary works.

"ICCR's support to the international sufi festival is in continuation of its support last year with firm conviction that Sufi tenets have originated even before the advent of Islam with their roots in gypsy traditions and have been closer to nature without influence from any narrow beliefs," said Suresh K Goel, director-general, ICCR.

The 'Mechket' group from Tunisia representing  the traditional Tunisian Sufi music offers an opportunity for the public to enjoy the Bizertin Inchad Sufi in a modern perspective.

Russian band Ottava Yo, formed in 2005 offers a musical mixture of Russian folk, punk, rock, film and cartoon soundtracks. Flamenco guitar and voice by Curro and Carlos Pinana from Spain offers a mystical journey into the depths of Flamenco, a culture whose moving spirit is music.

Bauls and Fakirs from Nadia, who believe that all men are equal, will present Baul and Fakiri songs and Bangla Qawwali. The Nirgun singers from Bihar will also perform.