4th International Sufi Festival

IMG_51106120982571International Sufi festival began as a mark of respect to the Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty (R.A) to spread his message of Peace and Humanity. ‘After the successful completion of three-major International Sufi Festival in Ajmer, the organizers have decided to shift the venue of this grand musical extravaganza to Noida Film City in the month of December 2014’, informed Gulsha Begum President of the festival while addressing the National Press.

Marwah Studios has been the partners to the Sufi festival since its inception at Ajmer where thousands of people have enjoyed its presence” added Sandeep Marwah President of Marwah Studios.

The curtain raiser of the festival will be held at Ajmer on 8th November 2014 followed by three days of events i.e., from 16 to 18 December 2014 at Noida. The festival will feature Sufi films, exhibitions, seminars, workshops and Sufi singers from around the world.

The major attraction of the festival would be the diverse stalls of handicrafts showcasing artisans from all over India. The event has been designed to propagate the Feeling of Love and Oneness and to promote arts and crafts of India.

The festival is supported by Kashmir Society, WPDRF- World Peace Development and Research Foundation, IHRO-International Human Rights Organization affiliated to United Nations, NFTC-National Federation of Tourism and Transport Cooperatives of India Limited and Divine Abode Foundation..The event is presented by Kamaluddin Charitable Trust and Marwah Studios

The Presence of the Dargah Deewan Saheb at the Inaugral ceremony of ISFI 2012

4th Oct 2012

International Sufi Festival is been the conception and creation of Ms Gulshaa Begum after she had a vision to break from the strictures of its confined ties and make it available to as many people as possible. This altered Ajmer’s creative climate for good and made the festival a platform for talent and new ideas, even broadening its programme to include dance, cinema and more. The 2012 edition takes place from 4 to 11 Oct from 11 am to 6 pm at Al Ikhlas Gallery & from 5-11th Oct 6 pm onwards at the Jawahar Rang Manch and continues the tradition of making art and culture accessible to the public and artists alike.

The festival began with its preliminary series with the launch of the International Sufi film festival. A project by Divine Abode & Marwah Studio’s towards making cinema more watchable. The Gallery was adorned with rich light and decorations.

The international Sufi film festival, a project by divine abode and Marwah studios was inaugurated by The Dargah Dewan of Ajmer shrine, Deewan Syed Zainual Abedin Ali Khan, a descendent of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty. While releasing the official poster of the Festival Dewan Saheb spoke on the occasion at the Al Ikhlas Gallery about the message of Khwaja Saheb and his teachings to the world. He added that this day was indeed special and the will of Allah. He further congratulated Ms Begum on her attempt to spread the true essence of Humanity.and his support to her initiative of taking a bold step towards a great cause ..Mr Mahendar Singh Ralawta, Congress President Ajmer inaugurated the Rang – e – Raqs the painting series and the Sufi Literature Festival. Mr Insaaf Ali, Vice president Congress said that the festival is a beautiful presentation to the world on the sufi tradition. Indeed he added that the presence of the Dargah Deewan at the preliminary series itself is a beautiful beginning of the ISFI festival. Many other dignitaries were present at the ceremony.

Ms Gulshaa Begum Festival Director and Chairperson Divine Abode said that 33 films would be screened in the coming week of the festival. The Sufi Paintings, 16th century manuscripts, The Islamic Calligraphy, Rumi Illustrations were a special feature at the exhibition. Ms Begum also a creative artist showcased her collections of Sufi Shrines and the Desert Spirituality. German Artist Michael Templin’s Conference of the Birds was a colorful series with fine Gold lines transversely in the paintings. There were over 500 paintings displayed at the exhibition. The huge painting of the Dargah Shariff indeed was a delight to the guests. The artist and the team members were honored during the festival. The Sufi Literature was introduced this year and Insha Allah next year it will be much more elaborate said the spokes person from Divine Abode. The making of the ISFI 2011 and also the Sufi Shrines of India, A film by the Ministry of External Affairs was screened to the audience during the event.

The involvement of Dr Sudeep Rai helped the organizer to tackle the festival’s extensive collection of performances, talks and exhibitions. The isfi festival performances will soon be spread across many venues in and outside the city, with some open-air events, but there will be one venue at its centre since that faithful first show.

The ceremony was a grand affair to begin with. Accommodation in the city is varied and plentiful. The festival at the gallery continues until the 11th Oct from 11 am to 6 pm in the day. All entry will be free on all days.

The Festival Sponsored by Sarwar Retiwalla and supported by Hotel Merwara Palace, Hotel Swad Ri Dhani, Hotel Dataa Inn, Marwah Studios, Kashmir Society , Parkash Foundation , Siddhi Advertising pvt Ltd , Graphic Design Templin, Germany & Livingstone Infra Pvt Ltd.

International Sufi Festival 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 support.

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

support.

International Sufi Festival India

www.isfiajmer.com

www.internationalsufifestival.com

Isfi 2012 Ajmer

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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 Hazrath Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty ( R. A ). In its second year, the festival has many new additions covering every aspect of Sufism.

The Introductory 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 Introduction of the first International Sufi Film Festival will be officially announced, and the official logo with the poster will be released. Sufi Films and Exhibitions will be screened until the 11th Oct 2012.

The 5th October will be the official inaugural ceremony of the International Sufi Festival at 6 pm at the Jawahar Rang Manch. The cultural event will be followed and the Mehfil – e – Sama continues in Honour of Khwaja Saab until the 11th October, 6 pm onwards. The First ISFI Award will be introduced in the Sufi Tradition of Art and Culture. An Award that will acknowledge and honour the Sufi Singers, Artiste, Dancers, Writers and also Film Makers. The ISFI Platinum Award will be the highest award by the organisation in the field of Art and Culture. ISFI Gold Award will honour the artiste in various fields.

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 said Mr. Bohra, spokesperson Divine Abode.

International Sufi Festival India www.isfiajmer.com www.internationalsufifestival.com

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 Hazrath Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty ( R. A ). In its second year, the festival has many new additions covering every aspect of Sufism.The Introductory 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 Introduction of the first International Sufi Film Festival will be officially announced, and the official logo with the poster will be released. Sufi Films and Exhibitions will be screened until the 11th Oct 2012.

The 5th October will be the official inaugural ceremony of the International Sufi Festival at 6 pm at the Jawahar Rang Manch. The cultural event will be followed and the Mehfil – e – Sama continues in Honour of Khwaja Saab until the 11th October, 6 pm onwards.The First ISFI Award will be introduced in the Sufi Tradition of Art and Culture. An Award that will acknowledge and honour the Sufi Singers, Artiste, Dancers, Writers and also Film Makers. The ISFI Platinum Award will be the highest award by the organisation in the field of Art and Culture. ISFI Gold Award will honour the artiste in various fields.

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 said Mr. Bohra, spokesperson Divine Abode.
 
International Sufi Festival India
 

 

International Sufi Festival India 2012

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
is Mehfil-e-Sama.

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.

International Sufi Festival India
www.isfiajmer.com
www.internationalsufifestival.com

The Sama of the Sub continent- International Sufi Festival 2012

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, Niazi 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 is Mehfil-e-Sama.

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.

Ajmer to host the second Edition of Sufi Festival

Spirituality finds a very different manifestation in the annual festival of the Sufi  culture in Ajmer, Rajasthan.

The second edition of the International Sufi Festival India continues to be  a commemorative fiesta to the honor of the Sufi saint Hazrath Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty. The stunning concepts and symbolic messages merging with the soothing music and dance makes it a must visit..

Ms Gulshaa Begum, Chairperson Divine Abode  is known for her contributions in the field of Sufi Art & Culture and commitment to serve for the social cause through festivals and Art Exhibitions in Ajmer.
Isfi is today Regarded as one of the spectacular event with a strong visual appeal. The Festival is a true crowd puller as thousands of people gather here to be a part of the 7 day event.

The essence of sufism includes the unification of the human soul with the Ultimate through the medium of sufi music. As a result, this mega festival abounds in music and dance performances by the dervishes (ascetic Muslim monk). The harmonious dance and melodious music joins hand to create a sublime atmosphere in the entire air.

Get ready to be a part of a spiritual journey that is superbly rich in artistic value and touch. This unique concept of attaining the divine with music and dance is something that needs to be explored and felt.

Sufi Art Exhibition
Date: 4th to 11th Oct 2012
Time: 11am – 6 pm
Venue: Al Ikhlas Gallery
Place: Ajmer, India

Sufi Musical Concert 
Date: 5th to 11th Oct 2012
Time: 6 – 9  pm
Place: Ajmer, India







All entry to the events will be free. Kindly carry your ID Card along with you.

For more details log on to our website

http://www.sufipaintings.com
http://www.isfiajmer.com

Divine Abode set to welcome the Chief Patrons

Divine Abode is happy to welcome

Respected Swami Shantatmananda, General Sec. Ramakrishna Mission New Delhi
Honourable Shri. Shahid Siddiqui- General Secretary Samajwadi Party & Ex Mp Rajya Sabha, New Delhi
• Mr. Vinay Rai, Chairman Rai Foundation, New Delhi
• Mr. Sandeep Marwah President Marwah Studio, Noida
• Respected Prof (Dr) M M Verma – President, Interfaith Foundation India, New Delhi
• Khwaja Farooq Renzu Shah – Director Information J & K Govt. Srinagar
• Rabbi Ezekiel Isaac Malekar – Chief Priest Judah Hyam Synagogue, New Delhi
as the Chief Patron of Divine Abode.

The strong support of these dignitary is been the success of Divine Abodes efforts. It is a privilege to have them on board ‘ said a spokesperson of Divine Abode.

Ms Begum Chairperson Divine Abode says” The organization belongs to the individuals who have been a part of it right from the foundation. As this requires immense confidence and belief I have always maintained that Divine Abode does not belong to me or the other founder trustees rather it belongs to all who are a part of the journey. So as International Sufi Festival too belong to the individuals who are walking the journey of ISFI. To me Divine Abode is the Abode of the Ultimate Truth and ISFI is the journey towards the Abode.

Conference Room & a Sufi Library – Al Ikhlas Gallery

Divine Abode’s Al Ikhlas Gallery will soon have an audio & Video Visual Conference Room and a Sufi Library as part of the Gallery. We plan to have this by October 2012 for the forthcoming festival. We would like to demonstrate various Sufi films and documentary in the hall during the ISFI festival this year.
A Sufi Library too is in the pipeline however that may take some time as we need some contribution of Sufi Books and DVDs ‘ says Ms Begum

For more information : http://www.sufipaintings.com

Ajmer to Host the Second Edition of International Sufi Festival

Spirituality finds a very different manifestation in the annual festival of the Sufi  culture in Ajmer, Rajasthan.

The second edition of the International Sufi Festival India continues to be  a commemorative fiesta to the honor of the Sufi saint Hazrath Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty. The stunning concepts and symbolic messages merging with the soothing music and dance makes it a must visit..

Ms Gulshaa Begum, Chairperson Divine Abode  is known for her contributions in the field of Sufi Art & Culture and commitment to serve for the social cause through festivals and Art Exhibitions in Ajmer.
Isfi is today Regarded as one of the spectacular event with a strong visual appeal. The Festival is a true crowd puller as thousands of people gather here to be a part of the 7 day event.

The essence of sufism includes the unification of the human soul with the Ultimate through the medium of sufi music. As a result, this mega festival abounds in music and dance performances by the dervishes (ascetic Muslim monk). The harmonious dance and melodious music joins hand to create a sublime atmosphere in the entire air.

Get ready to be a part of a spiritual journey that is superbly rich in artistic value and touch. This unique concept of attaining the divine with music and dance is something that needs to be explored and felt.

Sufi Art Exhibition
Date: 4th to 11th Oct 2012
Time: 11am – 6 pm
Venue: Al Ikhlas Gallery
Place: Ajmer, India

Sufi Music 
Date: 5th to 11th Oct 2012
Time: 6 – 9  pm
Place: Ajmer, India

All entry to the events will be free. Kindly carry your ID Card along with you.

For more details log on to our website

www.sufipaintings.com
www.isfiajmer.com

First Edition Monsoon 2012 in Ajmer

Monsoon 2012 unfolded in series of several layers on the 6th and 7th july at the Al Ikhlas Gallery, Ajmer. The festival organised by Ms Gulshaa Begum chairperson of Divine Abode. The  two day event unfolds the several layers of creativity in different sessions . The  first session Monsoon colours a series of group exhibition in various media by established artists from India and abroad followed by the classical music performance in the second session. paintings by renowned artist michael templin, dr sudeep rai, gulshaa begum, archana tela and jitendra patniwal were showcased.

The event was inaugrated by Dr Brijesh Mathur, chief – jawaharlal nehru hospital.The second series began with the sitar concert by Sitar Maestro Dr Sudeep Rai and Amjad Khan on Tabla.  Jha Saheb founder of  Kala Ankur Academy inaugurated the evening by lighting the lamp. Jha Saheb Congratulated Ms Begum for bringing a change in the Art and Culture presentation to the City. He was highly appreciative of the efforts of Ms Begum and her involvement in art and culture. The audience utterly spellbound with the soulful sitar recital at the  Malhaar Festival “Monsoon Ragas” held at Al Ikhlaas Gallery in Ajmer. Dr.Sudeep Rai noted disciple of the Sitar maestro Pt. Debu Chaudhuri, rendered a soul stirring Raga Megh on his sitar.The accompaniment of the tabla by ustad Amjad Khan of Delhi Gharana added rich colour to his deeply captivating performance.

Chief Patron Divine Abodes Mr Shahid Siddiqui, National General Secretary Samajwadi Party and Ex Mp Rajya Sabha said  Rain and the magical season of Monsoon have always been the throbbing heart of Indian life and culture. Whether we are talking about music – classical, folk or devotional – dance, painting or sculpture.
I must appreciate the initiative Divine Abode has taken in promoting art and culture in Ajmer” said Sandeep Marwah President Marwah Studios who himself is an art lover.

Ms Begum further thanked the artist, the audience,  Media Partner Marwah  studios and On line partner Buzzintown.com  for their support and co operation in the event

International Sufi Festival in Ajmer for 2012


 PROGRAMME DETAILS

Thursday,  October 4, 2012
6 pm : Official opening of the Sufi Art Festival
Venue : Al Ikhlas Gallery
Place: Ajmer, India

Friday,  October 5, 2012
6 pm: Official opening of the Fest

Thursday,  October 11, 2012
9 pm: Official closing of the Fest

For Invitation and Passes Kindly Email your postal address to : festivals@live.in

A Non Commercial Event. No tickets will be sold . 
Conditions Apply * Subject to changes

Daily Press Release by Marwah Studios (21-27th Oct 2011)


The International Sufi Festival 2011 was inaugurated  by our Honourable Tourism Minister, Government of India, Mr Subodh Kant Sahai with the presence of the people of all faiths and religions at Rajhans Vatika, Ajmer.  This festival is being organised to raise awareness that each religion teaches the same , that is love compassion and humility.

Mr Subodh Kant Sahai addressed the august audience with great enthusiasm and optimism towards life. He mentioned that the base of each religion is love and humility which is the centre of Sufism as well. He congratulated Ms Gulshaa Begum on arranging this festival.  Talking to the press he stated that Sufism is all about believing and respecting of all religions.

Mr. Sandeep Marwah was also bestowed respect on the dias as Guest of Honour. He mentioned that it is important to become a good human being. He also told the esteem audience to take a pledge to become better citizens and humans to make this a heaven on earth.

Artists from various parts of India and the world performed in front of the enthusiastic audience. Chishtya Sufi Qawwalli was performed by Aslam Hussian, Ajmer Sharif Dargah and from the Kashmir Society a 13th Century Sufi Sama and Dance was performed. The day ended with a vigorous and heartening presentation of Meditative Whirling by Amer Ei Touny and Group from Egypt. The audience was mesmerised by the songs, and language was no longer a barrier as all started to participate and immerse in the vibrations of the music.

Early  in the day, the beginning of the festival was done on an auspicious note by visiting the Dargah by all media team and guests for the event.  Later the Spirtual Art and Photography Exhibition was inaugurated by SP Ajmer, Mr. Rajesh Meena. “This is a platform to promote local artists and photographers”, said Gulshaa Begum, who is organising this festival.

Students of Asian School of Media Studies, Marwah Studios are participating as media partner in the International Sufi Festival India 2011 being held at Ajmer.



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Ajmer , October 22, 2011

The International Sufi Festival 2011, being held at Ajmer went ti its second day with Mr. Mahinder Singh Ralawta, Congress President, Ajmer gracing the event as Chief Guest by his presence. Commenting on the idea of Sufism, he mentioned that Sufism is not constricted to specified rules, it is all about bringing everyone together on one platform.

The other dignitaries who graced the occasion  were Dr. Lalit Kumar, Secretary National Foundation Communal Harmony, New Delhi, Rabbi Ezekiel Isaac Malekar, Chief Priest Judah Hyam Synagogue, Justice A.S Quresshi and Syed Sarwar Chishty, Gaddi Nasheen Khadim of the holy shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty, Ajmer.
The entertaining performances began with enthralling  group presentation by Ability Unilimited, New Delhi. This was followed by captivating verses of Kabir by Anupama, a playback singer including a lecturer at Jesus & Mary College, Delhi University. Anupama has a new found love in music. The Kashmiri Folk Music, Kashmir Sufism Society, Srinagar also gave a wonderful performance. Deepika T a software engineer from Bangalore but also a professional carnatic singer enthralled the audience with her sweet voice. The listeners were spellbound by her choice of songs.

A great display from Ability Unlimited, New Delhi was the closing act and was appreciated by one and all. The efforts of the performers on wheel chairs literally took the audience by surprise and on their feet.
Team of Marwah Studios is covering the whole event as media partners of the event.


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Ajmer, October 23, 2011
It was an inspirational day to the third day of the International Sufi Festival 2011 where Asian School of Media Studies, Marwah Studios is the media partner.

The event was graced by SP Ajmer, Mr. Rajesh Meena, who mentioned that Sufism is a way of thinking and this platform brings the understanding much better. The other speakers on the dias Mrs Simmi Kher,  Country Coordinator India, Tony Blair Foundation, New Delhi and Prof. Madhu Khanna from Jamia Millia Islamia reiterated the similarities of Sufism and Hinduism.

Prof. Hanif Mohammad Shastri, Phd (Comparative Religion) from Jamia too spoke about the ideology of Islam and Sufism.

Later in the evening performances by the students of Rai Foundation lifted the spirits of the audiences, this included a fashion show – Sufi robes, a rajasthani group dance and a solo performance. The Kashmir Sufism Society also gave an enthralling performance.



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Ajmer, October 24, 2011

                             With same devotion and joy International Sufi festival 2011 took off its fourth day with Raj Jhangir an actor (Kesaria balam, The Gentleman),filmmaker inspired from rajasthani culture gave his presence. In addition having respected speakers like Syed ajmal nizami (dargah sufi  hazrat  nizamuddin aulia) who said ” Sufism  is a way of loving god” added to the explanation of the concept of Sufism. .He focused  light on the categories of sufism and its spirituality. “Humanity is above all the religions.There  are no boundaries for loving divine god” stated Chief priest Rabbi EZEKIEL ISSAC MALEKAR  of Judah hyam synagogue again on the fourth evening of the festival. Both the speakers made the audience  learn the high thoughts and also clarified the actual meaning of Sufism. 

                                                                                      Afterwards a sufi musical  play “Mystical journey” from mudra theatre choreographed by Mr. rajendar singh  sparkled the festival  having young ones perform on Sufi music.Intended to bring out deeper meaning of life and the concept behind the play was that children’s do also have some connections with god, if somebody wants to understand god then they have to start from these young ones.On the other hand, ghazals by Deepika from Bangalore, were loved and appreciated by masses and the Qawalli by Warsi brothers (Amjad warsi and Asad warsi) from Hyderabad, national award winners by P.V Narsimha Rao uplifted the human spirit with noble and ethical sound themes. 




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Ajmer, October 25, 2011


The ongoing International Sufi Festival 2011 completed its fifth evening with a jar full of delight and happiness. Chief guest of the day, Mr. Rasa Singh Rawat ( Former MP / President Bhartiya Janta Party,Ajmer) who is actively involved in politics and social welfare services on the occasion stated, “if you know something, you know nothing and if you know, you know something”.  Expressing his emotions about Sufism he said that it is the collaboration of every religion. Adding to this the Guest of honour,  Moh. Hannif ( Additional Collector, Ajmer) quoted words from Vedas and quran.
                                        Not only the words  but meaning behind both speakers Prof. Badri PrasadPancholi (Ajmer) and Dr. Mumtaz Khan ( Jamia milia islamia, Delhi) were very heart felt. They discussed about the history of Sufism, words on the power of spiritualism and symbolism.”Though our feelings come and go,god’s love for us does not” said by Dr. Mumtaz Khan. Afterwards a band performance on sufi fusion music by Rishi Inc.,New Delhi was tremendous,enthusiastic and unique in itself including remarkable recitals and ensembles of kathak dance. “The sufi way”  by Smitha Bharga and the young children won the praises of all.


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Ajmer, October 26, 2011 

Another spectacular day of the International Sufi festival 2011 took off at Ajmer with the same warm feeling and the presence of appreciable guest of honours as their own team members Atul Agarwal, Deepak Sharma and Manoj Mathur. “You are not only a valued member of this festival you’re a dear friend. I can’t imagine working without you. You’re the heart and soul of this festival” said Ms. Gulsha Begum who is the organizer of the festival mentioning the work done by the whole team of the festival.

 Subsequently the speaker of the day, Mr. Gouri Shankar (Chairman, Share a service e-NGO, Hyderabad) said that religion and spiritual customs changed through the centuries and they will keep on changing. He quoted examples to describe human nature, emphasized on charity for humanity and thanked Gulsha Begum for organizing the festival  which is like  an enlightenment for humanity.  Dr. Kamal Razi, Associate Prof. (Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi) shared  lines from the holy Quran and said, “Sufism can’t be defined in words, it is an experience, way of living and preaching love.  
                                                    
Especially requests of Ghazals  and songs by Deepika.T from Banglore got  praises from everyone and not to forget Mehboob Hussain  from Noida, with whose “Poetry and Music” heartening and admirable performance everybody’s soul was touched.




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Ajmer, October 27, 2011

The  International Sufi festival, INDIA 2011 being held at Rajhans Vatika, Ajmer was concluded with great enthusisam and hope. Thanking the god for the conduction of the festival prayers of six different religions (ISLAM,HINDU,JAINISM,BUDDHISM, CHRISTIANITY,SIKHISM) were performed. During the closing ceremony Chief GuestHon. Mrs Naseem Akhtar, MLA ( Ajmer) addressed the audience and said, ” India is the only country where all the religions  are tied together. Sufism teaches ushumanity, integrity and brotherhood “. Moreover she felt good  to be a part of the festival. Adding to the festivities a book on “Baba Farid”, based on the life of great  Sufi  Mystic Hazart Baba Fariduddin Ganjshankar written by Shri Bakshish Singh was also released. The book translated in hindi from the lines and quotes of Baba Farid. Some lines from the book mentioned
” Separated from God, my body burns like an oven,
To meet the Beloved I would walk until my feet were tired,My bones burn like firewood.I would walk on my head. “
Later in the evening the verses of Baba Farid and shabads by Bhai Kultar  Singh and  Hazuri Ragi spell bound the  audience and the whole atmosphere became spiritual. Mehbob Hussain and Trautam Pal, Ajmer also mesmerized the audience with their sufi singing. Once again the traditional Chishty Qawalli by Asrar Hussain  and Amjad Hussain  brought the audience to their  feet with their performance. Kathak dance by Smitha Bhargav and group, Ajmer  was enjoyed to the full extent with their remarkable recitals. The ensembles of kathak won praises of all over. Above all Manisha Gulyanis mind blowing Kathak on Great Sufi Poets.
  
The festival was concluded with the vote of thanks by Mrs Gulsha Begum, chief organizer of the festival to  ” THE SARV DHARAM METRI of the various faiths  for their prayers, Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanak Sabh Ganj, Ajmer, Gurudwara Sabh, Jaipur Rajasthan for the appreciation letter for the festival, Chief Guest of the day Mrs. Naseem Akhtar MLA (Pushkar),  and special thanks to the media Partners : MARWAH STUDIOS (MR. SANDEEP  MARWAH) , ETV URDU, NAI DUNIYA , URDU WEEKLY, collaborators, the co-sponsors-  Sandeep  Sheety, RIDWI INK MAKERS, the venue partners Aradhana Tents  and decorators (MR.  Rajesh Bhargav), to theASMS (Asian School of Media Studies) team , RAI FOUNDATION and students. Above all  the divine and the khawaja shaab for blessings.She also thanked everybody for fulfilling the mission of god entrusted to her.

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MARWAH STUDIOS (MEDIA PARTNER)
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