FREE Tkts to Jahan-e-Khusrau Sufi Festival, 15-16 April 2011‏

Alchemy launch!! Invitation and FREE complimentary tkts to Jahan-e-Khusrau Sufi festival inc Hans Raj Hans and Madan Gopal Singh – 15-16 April 2011‏

Today sees the Launch of the wonderful Alchemy Festival- a major celebration of S.Asian Arts at the World Famous SOUTH BANK CENTRE and there is an unparalleled feast on offer of music,dance visual arts discussion and much more ….

We’re really proud to say that we’re Working Partners for this amazing, now annual event.
Please look at the festival website,for details of over fifty events taking place over the next eleven days at WWW.SOUTHBANKCENTRE.CO.UK/ALCHEMY

This is a direct invitation from the Nehru Centre for FREE complimentary tickets to the SUFI Jahan e Khusrau Festival taking place this weekend as part of Alchemy at the South Bank Centre from this Friday 15th.

This festival marks- for those of you commonly used to us eschewing a commited Panjabi perspective – radical, and highly innovative programming by the legendary Artist and Creative force Muzaafir Ali. Amongst many other noted ventures Muzaafir Ali brought us the exquisite Umarao Jaan, featuring Rekha and Farukh Sheik: an unparalleled modern film classic: he has also worked extensively with the formidable Abida Parveen.

Renowned Panjabi Sufi Singer Hans Raj Hans is leading the opening concert on Friday, presenting the profound work of 13th Century Indian Sufi Amir Khusrau, in Urdu, directed by Muzaafir Ali.

On Saturday, the noted Sufi scholar and singer Madan Gopal Sngh (Dheli) forms part of an unmissable line of Artists including Azalea Ray and Malini Awasthi performing Sufiana Ghazal and Kalaam; poetry by M.Ali and Actor Jaaved Jaffery; Dance featuring Navtej Johar and Malavika Sarukkai; and, a wonderful finale with Qwaali Maestro Wajahat Hussain Badayuni in a soulful recital of Hazrat Amir Khusrau’s poetry. Madan Gopal Singh has chosen, composed and performs the music for Fana’a- Ranjha revisited in which he is accompanying the outstanding Bharat Natyam Dance exponent Navtej Sahota

This is indeed a rare opportunity to see such distinguished artists perform in the UK…

With a Sufi langar, films and talks on Sufism these are just highlights of a weekend long journey into the Sufi Spirit and Soul…. I hope you’ll join us!

Our Panjaby Party on the 24th, featuring authentic, Panjabi women’s folk music by SATRANGI’S Trinnjan, followed by a family Bhangra/Gidha Dance nite !!!

Please also pass this info on to your friends, and family, and let us know what you would like to see in Alchemy next year… See you there…!!!

Warm wishes


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