The second edition of the International Sufi Festival will begin from 4-11th October 2012 at the Holy City of Ajmer. A commemorative tribute to the blessed Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty (R. A). In its second year, the festival has many new additions covering every aspect of Sufism said Ms Gulshaa Begum at the Press Conference held at Hotel Merwara Palace.
The preliminary series will be on the 4th Oct 2012 at 6 pm at the Al Ikhlas Gallery. The Series of Rang – e – Raqs (Sufi paintings) and Ahle Suffe (Sufi Literature / Books) will be unveiled. The preface of the first International Sufi Film Festival will be officially announced, and the official logo with the poster will be released. Mrs Naseem Akhtar Insaaf, Minister for Education will inaugurate the event. Mr Mahendar Singh Ralawta, Congress President, Ajmer will be the guest of Honor unveiling the paintings and the Sufi Literature.
The Sufi Film Festival is a combined effort by Ms Gulshaa begum, Festival Director ISFI also Chairperson Divine Abode and Mr Sandeep Marwah, President Marwah Studios. In the second year of their association the International Sufi Film Festival is introduced aiming to bring in National & International Films and Film Makers to the Holy City. There will be 33 films screened at the ISFF festival in its first year from 4-11th Oct 2012. The International Sufi Film Festival is definitely going to be a huge success in future Said Ms begum.
The 5th October will be the official inaugural ceremony of the International Sufi Festival at 6 pm at the Jawahar Rang Manch. Mr Shahid Siddiqui Ex Mp Rajya Sabha will light the lamp. Mr Ozgur Aytuk, Cultural & Tourism Counselor, Embassy of Turkey will be a special guest of Honor at the inaugural ceremony.
Dr AK Merchant Gen Sec TOU will preside over the function followed by cultural event.
Mehfil – e – Sama continues in Honor of Khwaja Saab until the 11th October, 6 pm onwards.
The ISFI Festival designed by Ms Gulshaa Begum and Sponsored by Mr Sarwar Retiwalla is definitely a grand affair this year. The organization has taken a decision to highlight the other aspect of Sufism that is the Traditional “Qawwali, Sama of the South Asian Sufi Culture. Performances from Internationally renowned artist like Sabri Brothers, Khan Legacy, Niazi Nizami and Bandanawazi will be highlighted this year.
The festival will continue with Shri Rajesh Meena, SP IPS Ajmer as Chief Guest on 6th Oct and 10th Mr Mohammad Hanif , Additional Collector, Ajmer will be a part of the ongoing Sama in the City.
The First ISFI Award will be introduced in the Sufi Tradition of Art and Culture. An Award that will recognize and honor the Sufi Singers, Artiste, Dancers, Writers and also Film Makers. The ISFI Platinum Award will be the highest award by the association in the field of Art and Culture. ISFI Gold Award will honor the artiste in various fields. There is a total of 7 Awards this year in the Gold Category.
The festival has successfully covered all areas related to the Sufi Culture of Art and Culture. We have introduced Sufi Literature as a beginning with Films, Paintings, Music, discussion and also Sufi Awards. All entry for all events will be free. The day programmes will be at the Gallery Al Ikhlas from 11 am – 6 pm and the
Mehfil – e – Sama will be from 6 pm onwards at the Jawahar Rang Manch.
Ms Begum said the festival carries many message and teachings of the Sufi Culture. She further thanked the media, the administration of Ajmer, The Police commissioner’s office, Ministry of External Affairs and Home Affairs, the team, the sponsors and associates for their support.