Sufi singers perform at Shilpakala Academy

Cultural Correspondent
Thursday, March 8th, 2018


Under the title “Sufi Evening”, Indian troupe Roohani Sisters, comprising Jagriti Luthra and Neeta Pandey, rendered diverse traditional music genres at National Art Gallery auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on February 26.


The multitalented classical artistes rendered qawwali, bhajans ,ghazals, kajri, chaiti and sufiana kalam at the musical soiree.


It was organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor was present at the event as the chief guest. Liaquat Ali Lucky, director general of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy was also present as guest. The guests talked about the sufi songs and its varied aspects. Through the genre of songs, audience could feel the presence of Almighty, spirituality and a divine life.


Sufi music is the devotional music of the Sufis, inspired by the works of Sufi poets, like Rumi, Hafiz, Bulleh Shah, Amir Khusrow and Khwaja Ghulam Farid. Qawwali is the most well known form of Sufi music, and is most commonly found in the Sufi culture in South Asia.


Earlier, the troupe performed at the Sufi Music Festival held at the open stage of the academy. The show started with presentation of Amir Khusrow’s famous song Man Kuntu Maola.


The trope ended up the soiree with presentation of well-known Sufi song Dama Dam Mast Qalandar, written by Amir Khusrow.


The troupe had earlier participated at various international festivals in India, including, Delhi International Art Festive, Bangalore International Art Festival, Nagaur Festival in Rajasthan and Sufi Music Festival in Ajmer.

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