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World Sacred Spirit Festival

13th-16th Feb, 2020 . Mehrangarh Fort . Jodhpur

join us for a spiritual and musical journey at the incredible mehrangarh fort of jodhpur

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"Everybody looks elsewhere for what is in the heart! That is the thick veil of ignorance." - Kabir

13th to 16th February 2020 – Jodhpur

Presented by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, the World Sacred Spirit Festival brings together talent from different parts of the world and showcases the spiritual significance of music that transcends communities, cultures, and creeds. The aim of the festival is to highlight soulful music that inspires and awakens the divine in us. During the festival, the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort reverberates with the musical strains filled with ecstasy, joy and euphoria.

3000+

Visitors

200+

Artists

10+

Countries

Performing Artists

Areej Sufi Ensemble

Duo Bud

Kavita Seth

Kanishk Seth

RAKESH CHAURASIA​

Be ready to witness breathtaking performances by finest musicians from across the globe!

Here’s the link to buy tickets for 2020 edition –

Upcoming Program

Rao Jodha Rock Park

7.30 PM – 9.30 PM

Trance from the seashores of the Arabian Sea to the Thar desert

Rajasthani Sufi Songs featuring Kachra Khan Manganiyar

Areej Sufi Ensemble – Sultanate of Oman

Jaswant Thada

7.00 AM

Chokhelao Garden

10.00 AM

Chokhelao Garden

11.30 AM

Chokhelao Garden

12.30 PM

Chokhelao Palace Garden

3.00 PM

Jaswant Thada Lake

5.15 PM

Zenana Deodi Courtyard

7.30 PM

Zenana Deodi Courtyard

9.00 PM

Jaswant Thada

7.00 AM

Chokhelao Garden

10.00 AM

Chokhelao Garden

11.15 AM

Chokhelao Garden

12.30 PM

Chokhelao Palace Garden

3.00 PM

Jaswant Thada Lake

5.15 PM

Zenana Deodi Courtyard

7.30 PM

Salim Kot

11.30 PM

Jaswant Thada

7.00 AM

MaheshaRam – Bakhti Songs from the Meghwal community – Rajasthan

Let the magic unfold

13th-16th Feb, 2020 . Mehrangarh Fort . Jodhpur
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Festival Partners

Fanâ

Rakesh Chaurasia

Areej Sufi Ensemble

A Musical Journey dedicated to Sufi Inspiration

Those who have renounced this world, Will enjoy the delights of the garden that is eternally in bloom

- Hazrat Sultan Bahu

In the night, the voice of the munshid (the religious singer), whether from Senegal, Oman or India, sings the poetry of the mystical world, constantly in the quest to abandon the body (Sultana)

This spiritual journey, we owe it to its pilgrims, the souls that traveled across oceans and mountains to create this chain "silsila", the spiritual knowledge transmitted from the palaces of Central Asia at the feet of the Himalayas, from the plains of the Punjab to the stones of the African and Rajasthan deserts.

Mystical sentences also emerge from the waves of ocean in Oman, tracing the path of the absolute.

The practice of the “sama”( from the Arabic word: “to listen”) through dancing, recitation, poetry and prayers, often linked to the idea of dhikr , originally meaning "remembrance", is a spiritual adventure leading to the “fanâ”.

The Fanâ" passing away" or "annihilation" of the self, means "to die before one dies", a concept highlighted by famous notable Muslim saints such as Rumi and later by Sultan Bahu.

Sultan Bahu (1630–1691) was a Sufi mystic, poet, and scholar active during the Mughal empire mostly in the Punjab. He belonged to Qadiri Sufi order, and founded the mystic tradition known as SarwariQadiri.

In his writings, Sultan Bahu refers to Abdul Qadir Jilani as his spiritual master, even though Jilani died long before the birth of Sultan Bahu. However, most Sufis maintain that Abdul Qadir Jilani plays a special role in the mystic world and that all orders and saints are forever indebted to him in some way.

Far away from the Punjab, where the shrine of Sultan Bahu is located, in Garh Maharaja, in the heart of Africa, Sheikh Djimbira, born into a Fulani family in northwestern Senegal, sings to keep alive the family tradition. Like his grandfather and his maternal uncle before him, he is a singer in the tradition of the brotherhood of Qadiriya.

Founded in Baghdad in the 12th century by the Sufi Sheikh Abd al Qadir al-Jilani, the Qadiriya played a major role in the introduction of Islam into sub-Saharan Africa, with the support of Arab merchants and scholars of Timbuktu.

Linked also to the religious tradition of the Maldives, Al-Mald, in the Sultanate of Oman (or Mawlid) creates a state of merging and inspiration (euphoria and rapture in Arabic music), the (qiyam) begins and consists of a short,heavy melodious rhythm.

Musically, Al Mald is an integrated artistic system with its literary and tonal pluralism, and the departure of performers from the "charged" shrines of their emotions constitutes a sensory awareness towards adhering to the balanced Omani approach in performance.

The themes of death, dhikr and absence are spiritual predispositions that are central to human life in general reminding us that “Man’s body is quite small indeed compared to the mind that it inhabits” (African Proverb), and it constantly reminds us of the ephemeral nature of our earthly life.

Even though the body limits man in terms of time and space, it is also an expression of our soul and our connection with the universe and the nature that surround us.

Amongst the promising musicians of the second generation, Rakesh has carved a niche for himself, as an accomplished flautist.

Incorporating the tradition of his renowned uncle Shri Hari Prasad Chaurasia and infusing his personal style, he has evolved a style which while maintaining the purity of the flute manages to capture the attention of the young listeners too.

To help him in this he has his band Rakesh and Friends (RAF) which creates music that appeals to the young without sacrificing the essence of classical music.

Rakesh’s flute has matched note and rhythm with wind instruments of other cultures as well as having performed ‘jugalbandi’ with Carnatic instrumentalists.

Rakesh’s forte is in blending his flute without really losing its identity in mixed instruments’ concerts. He is also an accomplished studio musician having recorded with most of the leading stalwarts of the Indian film industry.

Rakesh has been the recipient of numerous awards, namely the Indian Music Academy Award, presented by the Honourable President of India, Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 2007, the Aditya Birla Kalakiran Puraskar in 2008, the Guru Shishya Award in 2011 and the Pannalal Ghosh Puraskar 2013.

Despite his experimental work, Rakesh has never deviated from his main goal of becoming a full-fledged classical musician.

Having drunk of entire seas, we are still stupefied to see our lips still as dry as the beaches; and still searching for the sea that quenches thirst, we are unable to see that our lips are the beaches and that we are the sea.

Attâr, Persian Sufi mystic poet

The region of Oman was known in Sumerian times as Magan. In ancient times, the peninsula became a major producer of incense, and it witnessed significant trade with Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia, India and the island of Dilmun.

Oman had been Islamized during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad, in the seventh century. Oman opened its doors to seafaring through the Strait of Hormuz and through the Persian side of the Gulf. Even the Chinese Emperor Zheng He, during his expedition from 1413 to 1415, visited the area.

From 1649-1650, the Omani people of the Yarubid dynasty hunted the Portuguese and seized the main Swahili ports of the East African coast: Mombasa, Kilwa, Zanzibar and Pemba at their expense. Their influence was felt even as far as the valley of the Ganges.

Towards the start of the nineteenth century, Oman became the centre of an empire that stretched from Baluchistan to Zanzibar and Madagascar.

From the Arabian Sea tradition of fishing and maritime trade, to nomadic life in deserts and mountains, Omani tradition has been a symphony of sounds, images, poetry and music across time and space.

Linked also to the Maldivian religious tradition, Al-Mald, (or Mawlid) is defined as the ritual of the Prophet's birthday, on the twelfth day of Rabi 'Awal every year but it is also the name of a Sufi ceremony held on many religious and social occasions such as the night of Israa and Meraaj.

When the group leader sees that the participants and viewers are in a state of euphoria and rapture ( in Arabic music : the (qiyam) begins and consists of heavy, melodious rhythm. He performs for all the members of the group and his words contain greetings (or Salamat) from the Prophet, peace be upon him.

Musically, Al Mald is an integrated artistic system with its literary and tonal pluralism, and the departure of performers from the "charged" shrines of their emotions constitutes a sensory awareness towards adhering to the balanced Omani approach during performance.

The themes of death, dhikr and absence are spiritual predispositions that are central to human life in general. Recalling the life and times of the most honorable prophets and messengers represents man’s penultimate desire to communicate with the Creator and obtain the highest possible bliss. This spirituality is expressed through artistic and sensory means like incense, wailing, asking for forgiveness, beating on the ground, when the body leaves behind rational reality and travels to spiritual horizons not yet realized by the human mind.