Rocking Performance at World Sufi Music Festival in New Delhi
The much loved and awaited World Sufi Music Festival: Jahan-e-Khusrau, founded by Muzaffar Ali and held under the aegis of Rumi Foundation returns after a three year hiatus to New Delhi’s Arab Ki Serai on the weekend of 24th to 26th March, 2017.
Founded by artist, thinker, filmmaker and culture aficionado, Muzaffar Ali, Jahan e Khusrau gets this new lease of life under the generous patronage of ICCR who has supported the festival since inception and D.S. Puri Foundation lead by Mrs. Nina Puri. A not for profit organization dedicated to promoting Indian culture, the foundation will back the festival, helping it to bring alive the finest voices in Sufism today.
The forthcoming festival is dedicated to Hazrat Baba Fariduddin Ganjshakar, the patron Saint of the Punjab and the Pir of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. Jahan-e-Khusrau’s repertoire of artists this year include the famed Daler Mehndi, Satinder Sartaaj, Malini Awasthi, Sonam Kalra, Hansraj Hans, Ustad Iqbal Ahmad Khan(Delhi) and international artists like Ani Choying Drolma (Nepal), Viuna Music Ensemble (Iran).
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Muzaffar Ali, the soul and spirit behind the festival said, “Sufi saints knew the true value of an egalitarian, inclusive world lead by a seamless love for the Lord. It's a message most relevant in today’s world full of angst and strife. I am glad we can once again remember these Sufi saints and their enlightened view of life.”
The festival is supported by Government of Delhi, Airports Authority of India, ICCR,DS Puri Foundation, Central Park, Coca Cola, Bisleri, Hrdaya and Incredible India , Kotwara with Radio Partner: 92.7 Big FM.
Founded in 2001 as a three-dayevent in association with the Delhi Government and Ministries of Tourism and Culture, Government of India, ICCR and other sponsors Jahan –e- Khusrau came under the aegis of the Rumi Foundation in 2005. It has become a unique event for the city of Delhi, held in the ruins of Arab Ki Sarai adjacent to Humayun’s tomb. These three mystical nights bring together musicians from different parts of India, the subcontinent and the world to perform in a seamless cinematic fashion.
The countries that have participated in the past have included USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Besides Delhi, Jahan e Khusrau has been presented in Jaipur, Patna, Lucknow, Srinagar, Boston and London. The Festival has created a worldwide interest and given a great fillip to Sufi tourism to Delhi. The lovers of Jahan e Khusrau worldwide look forward to this event and plan their annual holidays around it. The Festival promotes the age-old culture of India, which celebrates the commonality of faiths where Shaivism, Krishna-Bhakti, Sikhism, Sufism and Buddhism find a reflection of their philosophies in each other.
Rumi Foundation, a Charitable Society with Dr. Karan Singh as its Chairman was established in 2004 with distinguished Founder Members from different parts of the country and me as the Secretary and Executive Director. Some of the Foundation’s Patrons include Prince Al Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, Mrs Esin Chelebi, Rumi's 22nd generation granddaughter from Turkey and Lord Khalid Hameed of Hampstead, England.
The foundation was founded with the objective to project the inclusive philosophy of the 13th century mystic poet, Jalaluddin Rumi - of oneness of the human race and a world without boundaries - which finds resonance with India’s vision of a pluralistic society.
Rumi Foundation also publishes a journal HU - the Sufi Way on different cultural traditions of India, five volumes of which have been published so far. The first on Hazrat Amir Khusrau, the second on Jalaluddin Rumi, the third of Sufi and Rishis of Kashmir showing the inclusiveness of Kashmir’s culture through the blending of Sufism and Shaivism, the fourth on the Sufis of Punjab presenting the blend of Sufism and Sikhism and the fifth as a coffee table book, ‘A Leaf turns Yellow’, on the