The forthcoming 3 day South Asian Sufi Festival, scheduled to be held in Jaipur from 6 October, will witness a number of stimulating academic sessions as well as cultural programmes.
The inaugural session will see the participation of renowned dignitaries like Trustee of Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust and Grand Daughter of Mahatama Gandhi, Dr. Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee; Ambassador of Nepal in India, Mr. Deep Kumar Upadhyay; Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Arun Chaturvedi; Mayor of Jaipur, Mr. Ashok Lahoti; Joint Secretary SAARC Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Mr. Prashant Agarwal; Director, Department of Cultural Affairs in Sri Lanka, Ms. P. Anusha Gokula Fernando, among others.
President, Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL), Padmashri Ajeet Cour
Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee
During the day there will be several academic sessions as well as poetry recitals by delegates from various countries on all three days. The evenings will witness cultural programmes by diverse artistes. On day one, there will be recital of Kabir’s verses by Shabnam Virmani and Vipul Rikhi of the Kabir Project. This will be followed by the screening of the film ‘Dhun Main Dhyan’ by Meera Dewan.
Shabnam Virmani & Vipul Rikhi
The evening of day two (7 October) will witness the play ‘Prem Deewani’ directed by Sohaila Kapur. On the evening of the concluding day (8 October) there will be poetry recitals by the poets and delegates from various countries.
It is to be recalled that the Sufi Festival is organised by Foundation of SAARC Writers And Literature (FOSWAL), an Apex Body of SAARC, in collaboration with Diggi Palace and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, supported by Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan. This is the Foundation’s 54th Conference in 30 years and other themes have been environment, folklore, literature, terrorism and peace. More than 130 national and international Sufi scholars and poets will participate including 30 from Afghanistan, 20 from Bangladesh, 5 from Bhutan, 5 from Maldives,12 from Nepal, 10 from Sri Lanka and the rest from India.