Day dedicated to the Army at ISFI 2012 in Ajmer

Ajmer 8th Oct 2012 : The 5th Day of the Festival saw the true spirit of sufism with Chief Guest: Brigadier PK Singh and over 400 army persons were the guest for the evening along with the other guest and audience.
The sunset dedicated to the army as a mark of appreciation for their absolute sacrifice for the country. Music may mean differently to different people…! However, music is all about bringing out the serenity, purity and authenticity of one’s being, with a slight touch of innovation. And while living in the most diversified nation, India, what could be better than bringing out the very tranquility, purity and realism of our motherland. The Roohani Sisters with their thundering recital of Sufi Jugalbandi enthralled the crowd. The spectators highly praised them for their performance.
Traditional Qawwali By Ateeq Hussain Khan Bandanawazi was another variation in the sama presentation. The conventional classical style of Gwalior Gharana was introduced to the audience. Chief Guest Brigadier PK Singh said ‘ Army is always remembered in times of trouble. However, ISFI remembered us to be a part of a festivity. He added the army too was a true sufi’s in a way as they absolutely give their lives for the country’

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.