Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 11:
Ruhaniyat, one of the oldest and the largest festival on traditional music, will be held Hotel Kalinga Ashok in the Odisha capital on February 13.
The performers of this festival are true carriers of living tradition; simple, unheard of but immensely talented people that live the teachings through their dedication to their art.
The festival, sponsored by the Tata Steel, SBI, NALCO and CNBC TV18, would feature ‘Jikr-Jari’ by Hafiza Begum Chaudhury and group from Assam, ‘Shabad’ by Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa from Punjab, ‘Strings of Dunes’ by an Indo-African production Kora strings and African Mystic songs – Buba Badjie Kuyateh (Africa) with Gullu Khan (Vocals) and Darre Khan (Kamaycha) and Group (Rajasthan), and ‘Qawwali’ by Qadir Niyazi-Nizami and Group from Delhi.
The event is scheduled to begin at 6.30 PM.
Speaking on the occasion, Mahesh Babu, Managing Director, Banyan Tree Events, said “It has been an amazing mystic journey of Ruhaniyat. In these 14 years we have received so much love, appreciation from the audiences, performers and corporate partners. What is even more satisfying is the fact that the performers have now become well known faces and are being invited for various festivals not just in India but in other countries as well. The festival has touched the lives of over 2000 artists and ensured that the near-extinct art forms continue for some more time. We look forward to continuing the journey for many more years to come.”