UAE's first Indian music choir 'Malhaar', is all set to explore and unravel the mystical world of Sufism through a unique musical that will employ the art of music, theatre and poetry to relate stories of legendary Sufi saints.
'Rooh-e-Ishq', to be presented here this week, will trace the journey of Sufism through myriad lands and languages from the dancing dervishes of Persia to the qawwals of Punjab.
It will bring together the lives and works of Jalalud'din Rumi, Amir Khusro, Bulleh Shah and Kabir the four Sufi master legends of all times.
'Malhaar', whose members include UAE-based Indian singers and instrumentalists, from the age of seven to 40, blends the intricacies and variety of the Indian music system with the disciplined harmony of a western choir.
According to its members, the group is a celebration of India's 'unity in diversity' through the language of music and it began its musical journey to unite expatriate Indians through chords of music and share the country's rich musical heritage with the world.
At the forefront of the choir is the Hindustani musician Jogiraj Sikidar.
Currently based in Dubai, Jogiraj has trained in Hindustani classical music under an illustrious list of Gurus that includes Padmashree Prof Rita Ganguly.
He has been performing and teaching Indian classical and choral music for over 20 years now.
The Asian musical, the organisers, promises rich and soulful music, from traditional Sufi compositions in native languages to the contemporary facets of Sufi passion in Bollywood and pop-albums.
It will also have theatrical interludes to unravel the lives of the master Sufis and discover the poetry of the mystics.
Rooh-e-Ishq is a unique, creative endeavour to convey the message of love and peace that the eternal Sufi’s left behind, the organisers said.