EVENT Ruhaniyat, the festival of Sufi and mystic music, comes to the city this weekend

New Delhi’s Old Fort, or Purana Quila, has become a favourite venue for large musical events. Banyan Tree’s 13th All India Sufi & Mystic Music Festival is set to echo through the ramparts of the monument this Saturday. Titled “Ruhaniyat”, the festival features a special Indo-Turkish production called “Rumi-Emre meet Khusrau-Kabir”. Conceived by festival director Mahesh Babu, the production is the result of the coming together of two learned scholar-composers — India’s Madangopal Singh (and Turkey’s Latif Bolat. The production purports to “take the audience on a unique musical journey crisscrossing history and geography with amazing ease”.

While the festival is presented in nine Indian cities every year, this year is special because Ruhaniyat will also travel to Istanbul in Turkey.

Line-up for Ruhaniyat-2013 in Delhi:

“Rumi-Emre meet Khusrau-Kabir : an Indo-Turkish production by Latif Bolat & Whirling Dervishes and Madan Gopal Singh & Chaar Yaar

Sufi Kalam & Mystic Songs – Kachara Khan & Group (Rajasthan)

Baul Songs – Parvathy Baul (West Bengal)

Theyyam – Ajeesh V. & Group (Kerala)

Sufi Qawwali – Rizwan Muazzam & Group (Pakistan)

Date : November 24

Time : 6.30 pm

Venue : Purana Quila