Sufi Festival

Ashok Amphitheatre, Ashok Hotel

7pm
. 9th Manpreet Akhtar
. 10th Hans Raj Hans
. 11th Zila Khan

 

Segment: Sufi

Date: 10th October

Artistes: Hansraj Hans

Venue: Ashok Amphitheatre

Time: 7 pm

 

The Delhi International Arts Festival is presenting three prominent sufi singers so that the Delhi’s audience can have a treat of the sufi songs. Zila Khan, Hansraj Hans and Manpreet Akhtar have been lined up for brilliant performances on 9th, 10th and 11th October.
Hans Raj Hans, father of Navraj Hans and Yugraj Hans, is a Punjabi singer born in a village called Shafipur near Jalandhar. He sings Punjabi Folk and Sufi music but has also sung in movies and released his own Indipop albums. He has worked alongside other renowned artists such as the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as seen in the movie Kachhe Dhaage.

 

Early Childhood

Hans is a devotee of Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib, from whom he had learned to sing since his teenager years. Ustad Puran Shahkoti Sahib is a sufi singer and it was because of him Hans learned to sing in Sufiana style.

 

Singing

While Hans was studying in Guru Nanak University Punjab; he won top University singing award continuously for three years, of course, in Punjabi Folk Singing. Hans was also awarded Punjab State Singer Award by former chief minister of Punjab Capt. Amrinder Singh. Recently, Hans received the fourth highest civilian award of India Padam Shree Award for arts.Hans is famous for his long golden curly hair and his classical variations in singing. His popularity started touching the sky when he sang ‘Ni Vanjaaran Kuriey’. It was a culturally rich classical item and basically gave the taste of real Punjabi music to all Punjabis around the globe. A song written by famous Punjabi writer Mr. Jasvir Cheema ‘Mera Dil, Mera Dil…’was also a unique song and Hans refined it with his classical touch of ….’ray ray saa saa ray ray saa saa….’ first time in Punjabi folk songs history.

 

 

Segment: Sufi

Date: 11th October

Artistes: Zila Khan

Venue: Ashok Amphitheatre

Time: 7 pm

 

The Delhi International Arts Festival is presenting three prominent sufi singers so that the Delhi’s audience can have a treat of the sufi songs. Zila Khan, Hansraj Hans and Manpreet Akhtar have been lined up for brilliant performances on 9th, 10th and 11th October.

 

Coming from a line of legendary musicians, Zila H Khan has successfully established herself in a mould that spring from and yet is independent from that of her celebrated father the legendary Sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan. She is also the only female singer from the oldest school of Sitar and Surbahar – the Imdad Khani Gharana. She has given highly celebrated concerts and toured throughout the world.

 

ZHK (as she is affectionately called by her colleagues) is known for her perfect command over various styles of performance – be it fusion music, classical ragas, ghazals, Arabic and Persian songs, and so on. When she was asked to sing for Jazz Festival, she took another step towards a beautiful amalgam of east and west. She sang a western concerto in Arabic!! thus expanding her musical ability to even greater creative heights. She not only created a beautiful blend of fusion music, which has a different and enjoyable flavor but also added a literate value in entertainment in 2005 Giving it her unique style of melody enriched with literature, seeped in heritage and dramatically spunky, encasing her ‘Sufiyana style’ in the world of international music or Worldmusic as it is called today.

 

 

 

Segment: Sufi

Date: 9th October

Artistes: Manpreet Akhtar

Venue: Ashok Amphitheatre

Time: 7 pm

The Delhi International Arts Festival is presenting three prominent sufi singers so that the Delhi’s audience can have a treat of the sufi songs. Zila Khan, Hansraj Hans and Manpreet Akhtar have been lined up for brilliant performances on 9th, 10th and 11th October.

9th October is a performance by Punjabi Sufi singer Manpreet Akhtar, hailed as the Abida Parveen of India. Manpreet is one of the few Punjabi singers who sings sufi songs.

This starry affair with the sufi singers will dazzle the night on ninth October. The singer is an experienced sufi singer and had won accolades of her achievements. The audience will enjoy three days of sheer sufi songs.

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