Abida Parveen enthralls audience at Delhi Sufi Festival
The ruins of Humayun Tomb resonated with songs in praise of the legendary poets and saints rendered in the throaty voice of Pakistani Sufi singer Abida Parveen at the end of the Jahan-e-Khusrau World Sufi Music Festival the Sufi music festival that concluded in New Delhi on March 3, 2012.
"In Sufism there are no barriers, mine or yours, old and new. It belongs to all and connects hearts and souls. Its power unites the singer and listener in a divine communion with the creator," says Parveen who has been participating in the festival since its inception nine years ago.
The event, she says is essentially about spreading the message of Sufism, which believes in no border and religion. "Jahan-e-Khusrau is a spiritual call which we all share and join each year to further the message of humanism and brotherhood across the world", says the performer who sings in many languages including Urdu, Sindhi, Seraiki, Punjabi and Persian.
"The festival is unique because it has no nationality or religion and is sacred to all of us," she adds. Parveen performed with a group of musicians belonging to both India and Pakistan.
Renowned sarangi maestro Murad Ali Khan and Aakash Daf from India and Karam Hussain (dholak), Manzoor Hussain (harmonium) and Nazir Khan (tabla) from Pakistan performed with Parveen. Adding to the Sufi splendour, a mesmerizing dance was performed by Zia Nath with Ankur Ballal, Dilip Tambe and Sanatan Chakravarty of Smitalaya. The performance was a confluence of Odissi temple dances and Sufi whirling, conducted on the music of Omar Farook Tekbelik and Azam Ali and Shafqat Ali Khans Persian ghazal of Hazrat Amir Khusrau.
The three-day festival presented by the Rumi Foundation hosts eminent artistes of the Sufi traditions from across the world and also serves as a platform for emerging singers and practitioners of classical and modern dance with Sufiana music.
The Jahan-e-Khusrau World Sufi Festival is designed and directed by filmmaker and painter Muzaffar Ali of 'Umrao Jaan' fame. This year the festival treated Delhi with performances by Ali Zafar, Hans Raj Hans, Andrea Griminelli, Indira Naik, Vidhi Sharma, Rajesh Pandey, Vidhi Lal, Shivani Varma, Zia Nath and Smitalaya and Murad Ali.
- PTI report
The Art of Living guru's peace mission to Pakistan
"If we spend one-tenth of what we have spent on conflict, we could create a much more prosperous South Asia, where no one knows the gun, no one suffers from disease, and no one cries for life"- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
Spiritual leader, humanitarian and founder of The Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, is on a three-day peace mission to Pakistan from March 12, 2012. This is Sri Sri's second visit; the first one was in July 2004, when he became the first Hindu spiritual leader from India to visit Pakistan. Emphasizing the urgent need for a people-to-people movement and urging the youth to commit to a non-violent and harmonious South Asia, Sri Sri had said, "We have spent a lot on conflicts, on escalating conflicts and on destruction of life and environment. Now we have to work towards making peace."
The current visit, at a critical moment in the history of the two countries, aims to find peaceful solutions by promoting friendship, understanding and dialogue.
During his three-day peace mission, Sri Sri is holding talks with business leaders, academicians, spiritual leaders, student organizations and opinion leaders to strengthen collaborative efforts between the two countries.
Sri Sri believes that spirituality alone can bring the hearts and minds of people together, and mend differences. A true example is the inauguration of The Art of Living Peace Centre in Islamabad, by Sri Sri along with Dr Paul Bhatti, Advisor to PM for interfaith harmony. He is also visiting places of religious significance, including the Badshahi Mosque, to send out the message of Universal Spirituality.
On his visit to Pakistan in July 2004, Sri Sri had inaugurated The Art of Living's stress elimination programmes as well as humanitarian service initiatives. The foundation has also been involved in relief efforts in the Swat valley, and collection and distribution of relief material and raising funds for rebuilding of schools (in partnership with Rotary International) for the 2008 Quetta earthquake relief.
"As an ongoing effort to create a stress-free, violence-free society, The Art of Living's Pakistani instructors conduct stress-elimination programmes. Eight Art of Living Teachers in Pakistan have trained thousands of people through art of living courses," says Naeem Zamindar, Chairman, Art of Living Foundation Pakistan.
During the earthquake in 2005 and floods in 2010, The Art of Living volunteers in Pakistan provided relief and rehabilitation to an estimated 100,000 people through trauma relief camps, medical camps and food distribution centres. Community service projects that include programs at SOS Children Villages, prison rehabilitation programs, local area cleanup and tree planting programmes are part of the on-going activities by the volunteers.
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