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Melodic edge to divinity

india Updated: Jan 28, 2010 20:11 IST

A confluence of sounds from the beautiful valleys of Jammu and Kashmir to the west-land of India, Gujarat, will ring in delight at the country’s biggest sufi and mystic music festival, Ruhaniyat, in the Capital this weekend .

The fourth season of the one-day festival will feature artists from Rajasthan, Iran, Bengal, Gujarat and Kashmir. While traditional vocalist Kachara Khan and his group will present the desert pulse and its rhythm through Sufi Kalam on the poems by famous poets such as Bulleh Shah and Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, Iran’s Baran Music Ensemble has prepared a handful of compositions based on the verses of Sufi poet Maulana Rumi and traditional Sufiana Zikr from Iran. Daf player Fakhroddin Ghaffari of Iran’s Baran Music Ensemble, says, “This year, we will introduce the audience to some interesting traditional Irani instruments. The theme enveloping our performance is — with the opposite sex and the divine power.” Some of the pieces will be “purely traditional Iranian work”, he adds.
Another attraction at the festival is female artist Parvathy Baul, one of the only few Baul singers in the country. Baul, a yogic genre of music, will have Parvathy singing and dancing to celebrate the superpower. This form of music aims to connects one to the higher consciousness. Parvathy, who hails from Bengal, charmed music lovers with her Vaishnava Darbesh performance last year. This year, too, she promises to treat the audience to the same divine intensity. “I’m one of the few female Baul singers trained in this genre. It’s very difficult for a female to gain this knowledge. But it’s my passion and way of life that drove me towards it. I’m really looking forward for my performance in Delhi,” she says.

Also performing at the festival will be The Krishen Langoo and Group. The Kashmiri group will perform Sufiana Kalam and mystic songs on poems by renowned poets such as Noondrishi and Lalleshweri. The evening will culminate with a sparkling act by Siddhi-Goma, a group of African artists who will present traditional drum compositions.

Where: Senate Gardens, Lutyens, MG Road; When: Saturday; Time 6.30 pm
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