An evening of soulful music and mysticism

SUFI recital

The Sufiana kalams of legendary 18th century Sufi mystic, Shah Abdul Latif, stirred the souls of music lovers at the Festival of Sindhi Sufi music held recently at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA).

The festival, presented by the Sindhi Academy under Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture and Languages as part of ‘Delhi Celebrates’, brought together eminent Sindhi singers from India and Pakistan to celebrate the shared history and culture of Sind and regale the connoisseurs of Sufism.

The two-day festival had mesmerising performances by eminent singers like Padmashri Shanti Hiranand, Dushyant Ahuja, Uma Lalla, Ghansham Vawani, Sadhna Bhatia and Kajal Chandiramani. They were joined by Tufail Sanjrani and Taj Mastani from Pakistan.

The first day was dedicated to music and recitation and saw the release of a Sindhi Sufi music album composed by Padmashri Pt Bhajan Sopori. Another highlight of the day was eminent Pakistani Sufi singer Taj Mastani’s renditions of Sufiana kalams.

A kathak dance performance Sajan – Rahiyo – Aa Rooh Me based on the Sufi poetry of Sindhi mystic Shah Abdul Latif was also performed.  The act was conceptualised and directed by Padmashri Guru Rani Karnaa, and scripted by Veena  Shringi.

“The festival was not only a celebration of the joint Sindhi heritage of India and Pakistan, but was also a tribute to the great legacy of Sindhi culture. Among many things, India and Pakistan share a beautiful cultural legacy of Sufi poets,” said Sindhu Mishra Bhagia, secretary of Sindhi Academy.

“The legacy of mystics like Shah Abdul Latif, andAmir Khusro are cited in our shared traditions and finds resonance on both sides of the border. Through this festival we also want to highlight the rich legacy of Sindhi language in India that is not celebrated as much as it should have been. We hope such festivals will revive an interest in a language and culture that gave us some beautiful symbols like Dama Dam Mast Qalandar,” she said.

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