New Delhi: Delhi Tourism and Rumi Foundation present Muzaffar Ali’s ‘Jahan E Khusrau’ at the Quli Khan’s Tomb at the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, New Delhi from 30 March to 1 April, 2007.
Briefing media persons at a curtain raiser in the capital today, Muzaffar Ali, the person responsible for conceptualizing the event said, “ because of the increasing popularity of Jahan-E-Khusrau, we are moving to a larger venue this year. This time, the festival would be held at Quli Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, which is a historic venue and a perfect backdrop.”
Jahan E Khusrau, the world of Amir Khusrau, steps into its 7th year on a full moon night on 30th March. The theme of the festival is “Voice of the Woman” which embodies the Sufi’s longing of a woman in love. His love resembles the love of total surrender, a feminine attribute in the culture and mythology of the sub-continent.
This year, The Rumi Foundation introduces ‘Hu-the Sufi Way’, a bi-annual journal with the present issue dedicated to Hazrat Amir Khusrau - the inspiration of the festival since its inception. Its universal appeal is evident with the success it had when the Jahan E Khusrau was recreated at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in October 2006.
On the opening day there would be Wendy Jehlen from USA, Meeta Pandit from India, Nizami Brothers performing a qawwali sequence and the legendary Abida Parveen from Pakistan.
On 31 March, the theme would be ‘Religion of Love’ and performing artistes include Bollywood’s most talented mime expert, dancer and humourist, Javed Jaaferi followed by Rekha Bhardwaj, Adil Hussiani and Group, Sussan Deyhim from USA accompanied by Perdram Derakshani, Ali Rahimi and Seyed Mohammad Hanjani.
There would also be a jugalbandi between Iranian and Indian musicians. The concluding day would see Chiara Nath and Sunit Tandon, Malini Avasthi, Shaukat Ali and Group, Qawwali and Abida Parveen once again.
The event has received a boost with the official partnership and recognition that has come from Delhi Administration. It now waits to be seen if this venue would be better than the earlier one (ramparts of Qutub Minar) and if sarkari babudom would not play spoil sport in allocating out-of-turn seating allotments.