Sufi Melodies in Jodhpur
In the pic: Milad Mohammadi on tar, Sahar Mohammadi on vocals
The 10TH EDITION OF WORLD SACRED SPIRIT FESTIVAL IN JODHPUR
In old days, Maharajas would invite musicians to their court and have lavish evenings with great performances, last month, as the guests of Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur, we sat enthralled, enjoying a sweet battle between the tabla and the sitar at Ustaad Irshad Khan's soulful performance at the Jaswant Thada.
This was one of the many enchanting performances at the event- the World Sacred Spirit Festival had on offer artistes from across the world - from the traditional chakri dances to Parvathy Baul's stunning poetry to the epic chants of Mongolia, Sahar Mohammadi's Persian poetry to the ancient songs of the West, from the metallic notes of the sarod to the deep sounds of the surbahar- the three day festival brought together soulful voices and powerful artists from all over the world. In its 10th year, the festival started as a celebration to mark the UNESCO World Heritage Award for conservation at the Ahhichatragarh Fort of Nagaur. It aims solely at conservation and continuation of Sufi/Sacred traditions of India and the World has been a successful and "soulful" experience for national and international audiences. A pioneering effort in Cultural Conservation and Music Tourism in India. The festival has been carefully curated by Princess ShivranjaniRajye, festival Director Alain Weber and Alexandra De Cadaval and Mehrangarh Museum Trust Director Kr Karni Singh Jasol for a decade now.