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Music that binds us all

music Updated: May 15, 2011 01:22 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times
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The musical evening that was part of the Sufi Gospel project at Epicentre, was a paradise for music lovers.

Beginning with a heart-rending rendition of Amazing Grace infused with Persian couplets and Urdu translation in Sonam Kalra’s deep and mystic voice, the hymn touched many hearts.

Traditionally, a gospel and jazz singer, Kalra experimented with sufi music when she was invited to sing for the urz of sufi saint Inayat Khan at his Dargah in Nizzamuddin, last year. This culminated in the formation of Sufi Gospel Project. “While researching on the project, I found that both sufi and gospel hymns were similar in their essence. I wanted to spread this oneness of God through music,” said Kalra. While tears rolled down many eyes as she sung Irish Blessing’and paid tribute to her mother in a Hinglish poetry, the audience was clapping to the upbeat Hallelujah, I just love him so by Ray Charles the next minute.

Sonam ended the evening with legendary saint Bulle Shah’s hymn, Chal Bulleya othe chaliye, jithe sare anne’ that sent out a message for a world free of discrimination.