Popular playback singer Kavita Seth, who has hit tracks like ‘Iktara’ (Wake Up Sid; 2009) and ‘Tumhi Ho Bandhu’ (Cocktail; 2012) to her credit, has made a mark outside the Bollywood music scene too. A renowned Sufi singer, Kavita organises a music festival, Anandotsav, every year, to celebrate the birth anniversary of her late husband, KK Seth. This year marks the fifth edition of the festival.
“Because this is the fifth year, it will be spread over two days,” says Kavita. The singer believes that this concert is a celebration of life. “Mr Seth always taught me to dream big, and to chase those dreams with dedication. Anandotsav is a tribute to him. I always wanted to bring to the city the concept of a Sufi mushaira. Now that it’s happening, I am excited,” says Kavita.
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The first day of the festival (June 10) will only feature a Sufi mushaira. “I had once attended a Sufi mushaira in Delhi and was mesmerised by the concept. To hear poets recite Sufi poetry so passionately was a wonderful experience. I wanted to share that enchanting practice with the people of Mumbai,” says the singer. Some of the poets who will be part of the event include Syed Zia Alvi, Sufi Waliullah Baqai, Nusrat Mehdi and Hasan Kamal, among others.
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The second day of the festival will comprise a two-hour-long musical evening. Kavita will sing some non-filmi Sufi numbers, including ‘Chhaap tilak sab chheeni’, ‘Khuda wahi hai’, ‘Sanam bhi tu hai khuda bhi tu’, ‘Yaar mera’ and ‘Man kunto maula’, among others. The singer will also croon her popular film songs. “I will perform a medley of all my Bollywood songs. I am excited about singing ‘Jeete hain chal’ (Neerja) and ‘Zara zara’ (Waiting) for the first time at this festival,” she says, adding that her son, Kanishk, will also perform with her. Explaining how the festival is different from other Sufi concerts that take place in the city, Kavita says, “The feedback I get from people who attend my concerts is that they love the non-filmi Sufi songs. And that is the highlight of this festival.”