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AR Rahman to Perform at Sufi Route

 
  A R Rahman at The Sufi Route Press Conference announcing the launch of the first Sufi Festival in India an ode to the origins of the genre; Top Right : Singer, Hans Raj Hans; Bottom Right : Dhruv Sangari

The Sufi Route, by Friday Filmworks, INvision Entertainment and Invloed Matrix, established to encourage and nurture a holistic alternate music experience, is hosting its first ever concert on November 18, 2017 at one of the most iconic monuments of India, the Qutub Minar in Delhi. It is bringing to the fore Sufi artistes such as Nooran sisters, Mukhtiar Ali, Hans Raj Hans, Konya Turkish Music Ensemble, Dhruv Sangari and Dervish dancers.

Sufi music is an expression of peace, freedom and diversity. The concert is unlike any other that India has witnessed in a long time, in many aspects. The Sufi Route is the first Sufi festival in India, as an ode to the origins of the genre. Its venue, the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Qutub Minar is a historical statement in itself and another first when it comes to hosting a concert. It is also the only time in recent memory that two ancient and culturally rich roots of Sufi music – Turkish Tasawuf and Indian Sufism – are blending together on this scale.

Thailand to Celebrate Loi Krathong

 
  Loi Krathong is a Siamese festival celebrated annually throughout southwestern Tai cultures

Loi Krathong is one of the best-preserved traditional, romantic and most beautiful festivals celebrated in Thailand, illustrating the close relationship between the Thai way of life and water. Also called Lantern Festival or Festival of Floating Bowls, it is a traditional Thai cultural festival of lanterns, wishes and lights that will take place on 3rd November this year. This festival is held across Thailand; however the most popular regions to experience the festival are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Suphan Buri and Tak.

This festival is celebrated on the night of the full moon of the 12th Lunar month (usually in November), where people gather at lakes, rivers, canals, and other waterways to set adrift krathongs. Translated into English ‘Loy’ means to float and ‘Krathong’ is a kind of raft. This raft which traditionally consists of banana leaves decorated with candles, flowers, incense sticks and is left into the water. The background of this tradition is the belief that together with the raft, the sins and mistakes of the past year are washed away and room is made for new happiness in one’s life. It is one of the most important Thai traditions, which means that on this day all waters, whether rivers, lakes, oceans, are adorned with thousands of luminous rafts.