A Weekend of Devotion: Bhakti Sangeet Festival opens with Bhajans & Sufiana kalam


A photograph related to Bhakti Sangeet Festival.

New Delhi, April 25, 2015: Delhi’s much-loved annual Bhakti Sangeet festival opened today with devotional singers Anup Jalota, Nooran sisters and Dhruv Sangari packed the evening with spiritual bhajans and sufiana kalams.
The festival being presented by Sahitya Kala Parishad and Department of Art, Culture & Languages, Govt of Delhi, has nine individual and group performances of Bhakti and Sufiana renditions over three days at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri.
Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisiodia inaugurated the festival while Jitender Singh Tomar, Minister for law & Justice, home, tourism & Art & Culture, Govt. of Delhi presided over as the Chief Guest at Nehru Park, Chanakya Puri.
The festival began this evening with popular bhajan singer Anup Jalota rendering some of his popular ‘bhajans’. Other performers of the opening included the impressive Nooran sisters of ‘Patakha Guddi’ fame who sang the mellifluous Kalams of Punjabi Sufi poet Bulleshah. The last performance of the evening was of Dhruv Sangari, who rendered some mesmerizing Sufiana kalams.
No matter what language we speak or which culture we adhere to, there are certain elements of human consciousness that transcend all tangible differences. Devotion to the Ultimate Being is one of those universal sentiments that find expressions in multiple forms. Be it in the form of bhajans or qawwalis or Gospel music, devotional music is one form of expression that does not fail to strike the chords of believers.
“We are a country known globally for its spirituality and we have multifarious ways of professing our love to God. The Bhakti Sangeet festival is a unique platform that brings together people from different genres of music and unites them by their love for the devotional music,” says Anup Jalota.
The annual Bhakti Sangeet Festival serves the purpose of unifying and bringing together the multiple traditions of Indian devotional music at one stage. From Kabir bhajans, to the distinct bhakti music from South India, to Sufiana kalams from Punjab! The stupendous diversity and variety of multiple traditions of devotional music of India is on full display at the Bhakti Sangeet Festival.
The festival has brought together a wide range of devotional singers who practice and perform ‘bhakti’ music in their own different cultural forms – be it through Krishna bhakti, Meera bhajans, qawwalis or Sufiana kalams.
“Every individual soul finds its own way to connect with the eternal reality. Some perceive the Creator as a formless transcendent reality; others conceptualize Him in a human form. In different cultures and languages, people develop and nurture their own devotional traditions. Each region borrows from the saints that roamed in their lands. Music is a form that resonates with people across the world by aligning the mystic frequencies of a mind to verbal expression of love,” says Shubha Mudgal, who will perform on the second evening of the festival.
The second evening of the festival will feature Meeta Pandit, who will introduce the Delhi audience to the devotional traditions of South India; Iqbal Ahmad Khan who will render Meera bhajans; and popular singer Shubha Mudgal who will chant her devotions to the ‘Nirgun’ or formless Creator.
The last day of the festival will see four performances including one by Kabir Café, a band dedicated to Kabir bhajans. Others who will perform on the last day include Arshad Ali Khan (Krishna bhakti); Sumitra Guha (Ram Bhakti) and Master Saleem (Punjabi Sufiana Kalaam).
Saturday, April 25, 2015