Sufi music is not about entertainment; it is more about spirituality. Its powerful lyrics talk about reaching the divine by spreading love and harmony. With tension and turmoil all around today, the works of Sufi saints and mystics are more relevant than ever.Ruhaniyat, the annual Sufi and Mystic Music Festival of Banyan Tree Events held in Mumbai and Hyderabad, is being organised in Chennai on February 18 (6.30 p.m.) at the Madras Race Club Lawns, Guindy. Each year the event strives to promote rare Indian performing arts by bringing together master-artistes and discerning listeners. The Ruhaniyat festival will feature Zikr-e-Rifayi - Fakirs (Hyderabad), Sufi songs by Nanak and Manak Brothers (Punjab), Drums of Kerala - Ensemble of mystic drums, Baul songs by Parvathy Baul and Madan Vairagya (Bengal), Sufi Kalam and Mystic compositions by Kachra Khan, Padmaram, Mamma and Rana Khan and others (Rajasthan) and Qawwals Sarfaraz Chisti (Muradabad). Donor cards for Rs. 250 are available at Landmark (Spencer Plaza), Odyssey (Adyar and Anna Nagar). For details call 98210 25891 or 022-30972584.

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