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International Sufi festival concludes

india Updated: Jun 22, 2008 16:05 IST

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The three day international Sufi festival concluded in Srinagar with sizzling performance by artists from Syria, Uzbekistan and Pakistan.

The last day of the cultural extravaganza commenced on Saturday with a Sufi dance of Uzbekistan in which a dozen artists enthralled the audience with 10 dance performances showcasing the Sufi tradition popular in central Asia.

It was followed by a play directed by Madeeha Gohar of the internationally acclaimed Pakistani theatre group 'Ajoka'.

About 100 artists from five countries including Pakistan, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Syria and India performed during the three day festival.

The major attraction was the performance of highly acclaimed artist Meeta Vashist from Mumbai and qawalli by noted qawal Amjad Ali Sabri and party from Pakistan.

"We are inviting prominent Pakistani Sufi singer Abida Parveen to India in September this year," Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, Cultural Secretary of Academy of Art, Culture and languages said.

The festival was organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in collaboration with Shri Amarnath ji shrine board and Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.