World Sufi Spirit Festival 2012 from 16 Feb in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is all set to host fourth edition of the World Sufi Spirit Festival (WSSF) 2012 at Nagaur and Jodhpur. Transcending the musical boundaries, the Royal family of Jodhpur will play host to some of the leading exponents of Sufi from across the borders, with the serene Mehrangarh Fort as the backdrop for the very first time. Helmed by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, the WSSF will enthrall music lovers with its enchanting brand of Sufi performances. Patronised by internationally renowned artist Sting, the WSSF will also have leading Indian artist Kailash Kher performing at the festival. The festival will kick start on February 16 at Nagaur, culminating at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur on the February 21, 2012. Organised by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, the festival will see Sufi artists from Egypt, Iran, Zanzibar, Pakistan, Tajikistan and China come together to perform in Jodhpur along with the traditional Rajasthani folk musicians displaying the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan.
“The World Sufi Spirit Festival is an humble step towards preserving and encouraging the sacred art of Sufism. Our endeavour is to create a huge platform for national and international Sufi exponents to come together and create an extraordinary enriching experience for one and all," Maharaja Gaj Singh II said in a statement. "We look forward to showcasing the talent of our versatile folk performers at the beautiful and legendary Mehrangarh Fort,” he added. The festival will feature Indian and international performers such as Kailash Kher, the Nayiks, Sonam Kalra, Kalakar children, Mehardeen Khan, Sher Khan, the Rajasthan Langa troupe, Darbar Morchang Party and the Teratali dancers and singers. Among the international performers are Wang Li (China), Fareed Ayyaz and Party (Pakistan), Tanourah Sufi Dance (Egypt), Vahdat sisters (Iran), Mtendeni Maulid Ensemble (Zanzibar), The Musicians of The Nile and Deba ritual from Mayotte, Africa.
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