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Two faiths strung in one note

music Updated: Jan 23, 2012 01:33 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times
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Stringing together the voices of faith with song, music and words, Delhi-based singer Sonam Kalra creates a unique and fine blend of Sufi and Gospel musical genre. Her effort to bring together these two genres with The Sufi Gospel project was conceived almost a year ago when she was asked to sing Gospel music to commemorate the birth centenary of Sufi Hazrat Inayat Khan at the Sufi saint’s shrine in Nizamuddin, New Delhi.

“I had sung Gospel in churches and at other music venues, but for the Urz of Hazrat Inayat Khan I wanted to create a sound that blended the Sufi and Christian faith. That’s how this Project was born. I belong to the Sikh religion and I am often asked why I sing Gospel. And my answer is always the same: Because God has no religion,” says Kalra, who has been trained in different genres of music including Indian classical, Opera, Gospel and Jazz.

Kalra, a pure Delhiite, loves to perform in the Capital. “There’s great appreciation for music, and the audiences here are very open — they have been very encouraging towards The Sufi Gospel project. The turnout has been houseful at most of our performances,” says Kalra. “The city gives everyone a lot of space and freedom to experiment and think,” she adds.

Kalra will be performing at the Concert for Cancer, organised by the Indian Cancer Society to mark the International Cancer Awareness Day on February 4. “This concert is to raise funds for cancer treatment and to create cancer awareness through music,” says Kalra, who has also done voice over for the opening and closing ceremony of Commonwealth Games in the city and hosted travel shows on television.

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What: The Sufi Gospel Project by Sonam Kalra
When: February 4
Where: The Auditorium, Bahai House of Worship (Lotus Temple)
Time: 7pm onwards
Passes: By invitation; invites are available at the Indian Cancer Society office
Nearest Metro Station: Nehru Place on the Yellow Line