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Annual Sufi Music Festival

The National Centre for the Performing Arts,NCPA,India’s premiere art and culture institution,presented their annual three-day Sufi Music Festival called Sama’a: The Mystic Ecstasy from November 17.

Written by Screen Correspondent | Mumbai |
November 26, 2010 8:25:43 pm

The pain of separation from the creator is the core of Sufi poetry and its music seeks to unite listeners with the divine. The National Centre for the Performing Arts,NCPA,India’s premiere art and culture institution,presented their annual three-day Sufi Music Festival called Sama’a: The Mystic Ecstasy from November 17.

The line-up for the festival included An Ode To Rumi by Kabir Bedi on November 17; Nuba Awamrya: Brotherhood music by the whirling dervishes from Tunisia and Qawwali by Haji Aslam Sabri and group on November 18. Sufiana compositions by Roopkumar and Sonali Rathod on November 19 was the perfect ending to the festival.

Speaking on the occasion,Dr. Suvarnalata Rao,Head,Programming (Indian Music),NCPA,said,“At the NCPA,we wish to focus on all genres of music. Sufi music has a different flavour attached to it and we would like our audiences to experience this form of music of the soul,by the soul and for the soul. She added,“In selecting performers with a diverse repertoire,the NCPA attempts to bring together people from Sufi and non-Sufi backgrounds. We will be showcasing works of Mevlana Rumi,Ameer Khusrau,Baba Bulleh Shah,Bedam Warsi,Shah Abdul Latif Bhatai and others in various languages.”

The festival also showcased an unusual array of instruments. Apart from traditional Indian instruments like tabla,dholak,harmonium,etc,there were Tunisian musical instruments like bandir,darbuka,banjo,shaqshaq and zukra.

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Sama’a,an Arabic word for ‘to listen’,is a word used to describe the Sufi practice that helps attain spiritual ecstasy through song,music and dance. The Indian Music Department of NCPA conducted a lecture on “Sufi traditions in India and the World” to enable participants to understand and appreciate the various facets of Sufi music,with a focus on the historical,social and artistic context of its evolution and growth. The lecture was conducted by Dr Suvarnalata Rao on November 12.

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