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From March 4th to 14th.
[Text and picture by Mayank Austen Soofi]
The 10-day sufi festival, Jashn e Khusrau, is starting from March 4th. Nizamuddin Basti (a 14th century village) and India International Center (near Khan Market) as venues, the festival is being organised by Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
Through qawwalis, discussions, exhibitions and heritage walks, Jashn e Khusrau aims to celebrate the Sufiana Kalaam (mystical poetry of Islam) of poet Amir Khusrau. For over 700 years, his poetry is sung daily in Nizamuddin Basti; at the shrine of Khusrau’s beloved saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.
The festival begins at the Basti’s Mughal-era Chaunsath Khambha. Lying next to Mirza Ghalib’s tomb, the white-marble monument will host qawwali concerts by artists from India and Pakistan. Dates and time: 5th, 6th, 7th; all at 6.30 pm.
On 10th, 6.30 pm, the action moves to India International Center (IIC), with a poetry recital and a photo exhibition. From 12th to 14th, Qawwali sessions will be hosted in the IIC lawns.
Heritage Walks in the Basti will take off on 7th (10.30 am), 11th (5.30 pm), 12th and 13th (10.30 am). Led by professionally trained local residents, the walks’ meeting point is at Shiv Mandir, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg.
On 12th, 2.30 pm, IIC will screen the documentary Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music of Islam, followed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: A Voice from Heaven. Scroll down for the complete schedule.