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For a mystical experience

Pooja Gaitonde presents Sufi kalaams as part of Rangreza concert that tours three cities including Bengaluru

‘All religions point towards the same truth. And god is one and the same for everyone.’ What would be a better medium to express this eternal truth than deep and soulful Sufi music? Rangreza, yearly concerts conceptualized by Ghazal and Sufi singer, Pooja Gaitonde and Suhail Akhtar Warsi, is intended to spread this awareness through Sufi music.

Elaborating on the concert in Bengaluru, Pooja says: “Music has the power to transcend boundaries and categories formed by language and religion. Sufi music, in particular, creates a mystical experience which is best captured by Urdu word, ‘Wajd’. Wajd indicates complete immersion (irrespective of identities) for experiencing oneness and harmony.”

Rangreza, in its fifth edition, presents well-known compositions of Amir Khusro, Baba Bulleh Shah, Kabir, Meera Bai, Guru Nanak and other saint poets. “Not just traditional kalaams, it will also have my own compositions,” informs the young musician, who has collaborated with composer, Louis Banks recently for merging Sufi and Jazz music.

Pooja learnt Hindustani music from Pt. S.C.R. Bhat and is currently under the tutelage of Sufi maestro, Ustad Munnawar Masoom Sayeed Khan. Pooja has also been under the guidance of Ustad Ibrahim Durvesh for honing her Urdu pronunciation. And she has learnt harmonium from Pt. Tulsidas Borkar.

“Sufi music is gaining popularity in the recent past. People not just want to attend Sufi concerts but also learn. I have received many inquiries particularly to learn Sufi music,” she claims.

Rangreza: Soulful shades of Sufi Kalaam that tours three cities will in Bengaluru on November 17, 7 p.m. at Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Malleswaram. This also marks the Sufi singer’s first performance in the city.

Co-artistes for the concert are Prasad Gaitonde (tabla), Shadab Mohammed (dholak), Shahnawaz Ahmed (guitar), Siddhesh Borkar (bass), Prasad Kulkarni (percussion) and Vishal Jagtap, Kayvan Visharia and Aditya Neela (chorus).

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