International Sufi Festival in Ajmer – Press Conference

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


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