By Ayesha –
Sunday, August 12, 2012 01:12:21 PM
Ajmer – International Sufi festival( ISFI) will highlight the
Traditional Classical Sama of the Indian Sub Continent at the
forthcoming festival to be held in October at Ajmer. The event
organised by Divine Abode. The heavenly music will touch the soul
transcending the audience in the wonderful spiritual atmosphere. The 7
day long celebration of Art & Culture will be led by the highly
acclaimed groups. The groups will be led by Sabri Brothers, Ahmed
Warsi Brothers, Nizami Brothers, Ateeq Hussain Khan and the
Traditional Chishtiya Sufi Ensemble will perform with the aim of
bringing in a high-quality performance this year. The festival will
aim at reviving the ancient art once more as part of the mission and
the aim of the ISFI .
Most Artist performing this year have performed in various other parts
of the world. They specialise in performing outstanding samples of
classical Sufi music and Kalaam.
The roots of Qawwali can be traced back to 8th century Persia (today’s
Iran and Afghanistan). During the first major migration from Persia,
in the 11th century, the musical tradition of Sema migrated to South
Asia, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Amir Khusro Dehelvi of the Chisti order
of Sufis is credited with fusing the Persian and Indian musical
traditions to create Qawwali as we know it today in the late 13th
century in India. The word Sama is often still used in Central Asia
and Turkey to refer to forms very similar to Qawwali, and in India,
Pakistan and Bangladesh, the formal name used for a session of Qawwali
International Sufi Festival began as a Spiritual Tribute to the
Blessed Sufi Saint Hazrath Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty ( R. A ). Thus the
festival came as part of the International Festival for Sufi Music in
the country. Other International group will perform along with other
performances by renowned groups of the Sub Continient.
Sufiana Kalaam on Sitar by Sitar Maestro Dr Sudeep Rai, Sufi Kathak by
Manisha Gulyani, Sufi Fusion by Rishi Inc, Sufi Jugalbandi by Roohani
Sisters, Sufiana Kalaam on Amir Khusro ( Vocal) by Vaishali Rai will
be a part of the Sama from 5th – 11th October 2012 in the holy city.
” The concept of ISFI by Begum Gulshaa is a philosophical thought.
What inspired me was the thought and her true devotion towards the
Mission and the aim of the festival. The festival includes Sufi
paintings, Sufi Literature, Sufi Films is definitely a huge
achievement. Being a part of ISFI is rather a honor to me and I take
this as my Tribute to Khwaja Saab for all that I have received from
Khwaja Saab in the last couple of years of my devotion to the blessed
saint .” Says Retiwalla the presenter of the ISFI 2012.