Festival is the time to prepare for the ‘extraordinary’. Routine makes way for the special. That is why people, all across the globe crave for ‘festivities’ all across the globe. For us at creativeyatra.com (CY), World Heritage Week, is one such occasion of celebrating and experiencing heritage, history and tradition in all its glory and splendour. Not just for us, for many of heritage and culture connoisseurs look forward to the same.
One organisation, that has consistently worked to provide ‘extraordinary’ experiences to the heritage fans, is Crraft of Art. To be precise, since 7 years, the initiative of Heritage Entrepreneur Birwa Qureshi is working to make World Heritage Week a magnificent and memorable festival for the citizens. This year around they have gone a step ahead and selected the age old, ancient city of Dholka as the venue for the Sufi Festival. The musical evening had a promising line up, headlined by Tabla maestro Fazal Qureshi along with Balabhaskara (violins), Rajith Kumar (Keyboards) and Arun Kumar (drums). The most exciting part of the evening, was to listen to Nizami Bandhu, the famous qawwals, descendents of the illustrious Sikandra Gharana, and carriers of 7 century old legacy of sufi music. What made the Sufi Festival exceptional was the majestic backdrop of the 5 century old Khan Masjid in Dholka.
While Fazal Qureshi lead the troupe to perform scintillating fusion music, the enchantment of ‘sufi’ was provided by powerful renditions of popular ‘Kun faya Kun’, ‘Duma Dum Mast Kalandar’, ‘Allah Hoo’ and many more by the Nizami brothers. In all probability only for a day, it did breathe life into the ruins of Khan Masjid. The larger purpose of festivals providing ‘extraordinary’ experiences is to provoke interest among the participant towards forgotten aspects of ones life; in this case one’s heritage. We sincerely wish that many more citizens and tourists will find time to explore Dholka and the Khan Masjid, and peep into the history that has made us what we are.
The picture story showcases moments from the ethereal evening of November 19th, 2017
Read more about the Festival here
Photographs : Rajkumar Rao
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