World Sacred Spirit Festival: Celebration of Sufism in Jodhpur’s Royal Fort

The annual World Sacred Spirit Festival which is celebrated in Jodhpur. The 2018 edition of the festival will go on from 15th February to 18th February featuring numerous Sufi artists from across the world. It will be held in the Mehrangarh Fort where Sufi lovers will be enjoying the serene and soulful performances against the backdrop of the city’s royal setting. The programs will include poetic recitals, music, dance, and documentaries.

The first and last day of the festival will be hosting just 1 program, each day while the second and third day will have maximum performances. These will include soulful Sufi renditions and other forms of music by renowned artists from across the world. There will be solo as well as group performances and even fusion pieces of music.

World Sacred Spirit FestivalCourtesy: Nomad Travels

This year’s Sacred Spirit Festival pays tribute to Padma Bhushan Rajkumar Martand Singhji “Mapu” (February 947-April 2017). He was a designer, curator, and a visionary who is also known as “The Czar of textiles art and design”.
Apart from Sufi music, the festival will also present folk music and instrumental performances.

While Rajasthan’s Langas and Manganiyars will be showcasing their regional art forms, there will be several other exciting programs. These include poet recitation by Madan Gopal Singh, Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė’s, an expert at playing kanklės and a Lithuanian plucked string instrument.

Others in the lineup include Turkish Musician Haroun Teboul, Qawwali Party of Jodhpur, Rhythm Divine 11 and Zainab Afilal from Morocco. Besides, the documentary named Toumast: Guitars and Kalashnikovs by Dominique Margot will musically narrate the history of an Islamic nomad tribe.

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