The month-long Dr MS Randhwa festival being held at Punjab Kala Bhawan concluded with a soulful Sufiana recital by acclaimed Sufi singers duo of Kumar Bandhus at Randhwa auditorium, here on Monday.
The musical soiree was sponsored by North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala. Chief guest Devesh Moudgil, deputy mayor, Chandigarh, and Harjinder Kaur from Punjab Arts Council inaugurated the programme and honoured artistes.
Iqbal Kaur Randhawa, wife of legendary MS Randhawa graced the occasion with her daughter.
The duo commenced the programme with an invocatory sholka, ‘ Vaqr tund mahakaya’, before presenting Hazrat Amir Khusro’s classic, ‘ Chhap tilak sab chheeni’, amidst applause.
They brought alive the mysticism and Sufi content of the soulful creation of Baba Bulleh Shah, ‘ Saade wal mukhda moad ve’ , followed by, ‘ Saavan ki bheegi raaton mein..’, a bandish of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’.
To add a different flavour to the mehfil, the duo doled out Punjabi songs, ‘ Chann kithan gujari ayi raat ve..’, and, ‘ Buhe baarian..’. After another Sufi number, ‘Nit khair mangan sohneya mein teri’, they concluded the recital with their popular hit, ‘ Dama dam mast qalander..’, much to the delight of the audience.
Murlidhar Soni on keyboard, Debashish Dhar on tabla, Parkash Nepali on flute, Dharm Pal on dholak, and Suresh on octopad embellished the recital.
National Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee and thespian Kamal Arora conducted the programme. Earlier, a Punjabi documentary, ‘ Sutta Naag’, directed by acclaimed lyricist Amardeep Gill was screened, besides a Punjabi book, ‘Punjab da supan saaz- Dr MS Randhawa’, authored by Manmohan Singh Daun, was released on the occasion.