Third international Sufi Festival

3rd International Sufi Festival & Craft Mela 2015

Venue : Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Memorial, Chappar Chirri, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar Punjab.

Date : 1st March to 3rd March 2015

1. About Festival

Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB), Government of Punjab in association with M/s Future Plus Event Managers has organized the third Annual International Sufi Festival-2015 at Chapparchirri , Mohali. From 1st March to 3rd March 2015. This event was held in collaboration with Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India.

The Minister , Department of Tourism, Punjab, Sardar Sohan Singh Thandal has inaugurated the Festival on 1st March 2015 at Chappar Chirri.

Punjab is the rich soil that has given sustenance to this great philosophy that is humane, plural and life friendly in its very conception and it is befitting that this festival has come to the city of Mohali. The objective of the Festival is to work towards the preservation and conservation of the State’s heritage and promotion. The reason behind holding an International Sufi Festival at Chapparchirri is that this memorial has been made in the memory of supreme sacrifice made by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur. When Baba Banda Singh Bahadur reached Banur he forewarned Wazir Khan who immediately moved to a place between Sirhind and Banur i.e. the village of Chaparchiri. Wazir Khan deployed his cannons and lined up his elephants, horses and skilled warriors at a plain site beyond which lay the rough landscape of Chaparchiri and tibbas (chappar means pond, Chiri means group of trees & Tibbas means the mound).

The architecture highlights how the difficult terrain of Chapparchiri aided Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and his army of irregulars defeated Wazir Khan’s highly trained soldiers, cavalry, cannons and elephants. Chappar Chiri has a special place in Sikh history. It was here that the Sikhs led by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur defeated the Mughal forces led by Wazir Khan. Situated a few kilometers from Landran and 20 km from Sirhind, this area was the site of the Battle of Sirhind. This battle took place on 12th May, 1710.

In the three day eventProminent artists like Satinder Sartaaj, Qawaal Shantoo Khan(Pakistan), Mamta Joshi , Alamghir Khan, Zafar Lohar (Pakistan) and Ali Brothers performed live at the occasion.

2. Artists

a. Dr. Satinder Sartaaj – Dr. Satinder Sartaaj is an Indian Punjabi singer, song writer and poet. He gained fame with his hit song “Sai”. Since then his popularity has seen a constant surge among the Punjabi diaspora with his shows being held in many countries across the world. He is considered as the savior of Gurmukhi language, punjabi culture, traditions and folk. Satinder Sartaaj is a rare singer who is highly qualified, having earned a Doctorate. While most folk singers and movie singers in India are not known for their educational qualifications, Sartaaj is one of the younger crop of singers who have gone through the rigors of formal education. He obtained a degree in Music from Government College, Hoshiarpur. Satinder Sartaaj concentrated on his sufiana musical career having done his M. Phil in Sufi music singing and later Ph.D in Sufi singing (gayan) from Panjab University, Chandigarh. He also taught music at Panjab University.

b. Shehzad Santo Khan Qawal– Shehzad Santo Khan Qawal is Grandson of Legendry Santo Khan Qawal and student of the Great Musical family of Gwaliaar Gharana. The Gharana of Shehzad Santo Hussain Qawal starts from Ustad Moula Buksh, who performed Qawali Rhythms all over Hindustan before the partition and Moula Buksh was one of the leading Qawal of that era. Then the Ustad Santo Khan Qawal, the only son of Moula Buksh took the legacy of this gharana with the great pride and honor.

c. Dr. Mamta Joshi – Dr. Mamta Joshi is a Sufi singer with a Ph.D. in music and In addition to holding a doctorate in Indian classical and vocal music, she also has a gold medal in her MA (Music) and a silver medal in MA (Kathak dance). She was rightly hailed as a golden girl at the GNDU (Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar), winning six gold and silver medals each in various national music competitions. She also won the HRD (Human Resource Development) ministry (Govt. of India) scholarship of Rs. 50,000.

d. Ali Brothers – Soulful renditions and a beautiful interplay of melodious voice and heart stirring compositions is what explains Ali Brothers – a voice that has enthused, captivated and enthralled audiences across age groups, genres and geographies. Ali brothers refreshing voice is an embodiment of godly love, something that’s synonymous with Sufi style of singing.

e. Sufi Band Swastik –A Chandigarh- Dehradun based Band Formed in 2006 by Deepak Rathore, journey started with a little craziness of college days and turned into wild passion of music & still continues. Full of melodic charm & addictive voice, packed with spiraling guitars, hypnotizing everyone on their Desi tunes with the flavor of lyrics , tasty as Krack& Jack. Band came in limelight In 2008 With their track “Tu Jo Nahi Hai Yaha”, Got quite popular in youngsters and raised the all hypes for the band, Hitting New heights of Views and downloads. Again In the year 2010 A track “Gayi Toh Gayi” given a new formula of breakup celebration to the youth and became another hit on the band Chart .

f. Alamgir Khan – Almgir Khan is the Latest Punjabi Sufi Sensation in Bollywood with 4 HITS in the Year 2011, Desi Beat from Bodyguard Movie topping the List. He is mesmerizing with his Punjabi Sufiaya songs, and a terrific Live Performer.

g. Zafar Lohar- A famous Sufi Performer from Pakistan.

2. Art & Craft Exhibition

An Art & Craft exhibition was held during the 3rd International Sufi Festival & Craft Mela Held at Chappar Chirri although it was the first such initiative by PHTB in Mohali yet more than seventy five craftsman and artisans participated in this Craft Mela. The major participants in craft mela were Fab Inlay, Garry Arts, NZCC, TRIFED, 1469, Suraj Kund Participant Stall Holders, Patiala Phulkari & Punjabi Jutti , Pakistani Jutti & Suits, Paintings, Carpet Manufacturer, Rural Boutiques , Artificial Jewellery, Light Work , Muktsari Jutti, Marbal Work Ittar, Mehndi ,Lucknow Suits.

3. Talent Hunt

The final of Talent hunt for sufiana singing held during the festival. Auditions and preliminary rounds were held at Future Plus’s office at sector 33D, Chandigarh. Mrs. Sarabjeet Bhasin, Bhupinder babbal and Vival Shah were Hon’ble Judges during the final.

4. Symposium

A symposium On “Relevance of Sufism in Modern Era” was held on the final day of this festival. A panel of prominent scholars participated in it.

a. Dr. Sukhdev Singh is working as Head of Deptt. Punjabi Studies at Panjab University, Chandigarh. He also holds a doctorate in Sufism. He has written 6 Books & attended many International Conferences on Sufism. Currently India’s Secretary for African Asia Writer Association.

b. Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur is also known as Punjabi Kavitri. She has a Doctorate degree in Sufism. Currently working as Assistant professor at University Constituency College, Balachaur.

c. Dr. Sarbjeet Singh is Associate Professor at Panjab University Chandigarh. He wrote 6 books & Secretary of Kendri Punjabi Lekhak Sabha.

d. Shri Ram Arash is very Famous Writer he have written more than 18 books. He is also President of Punjabi Lekhak Sabha, Chandigarh.

e. Dr.Jagjit Kaur is Assistant professor (History) in Government College Chandigarh Sector 42. She attended International Conference in Boston University, USA.

5. Awards &Honour

During the festival we have honoured the legendry Sufi Artists and Persons contributed towards Sufism. They were given a cash Award of 11000/- along with a momento.

a. Late Barkatsidhu – Barkat Sidhu (born 18 Sept, 1946) was a sufi singer from Moga district, Punjab, India, and a fine exponent of the Patiala Gharana. Barkat was born at Kaniya village near Shahkot in Jalandhar district in 1946. Barkat Sidhu is one of the finest Punjabi singers of our time. He was born in Punjab in 1946.

b. Idu Sharif – Idu Sharif is very talented punjabi artist. He started his career as a Dhadhi and started playing sarangi. Inspite of being much talent, he used to run a tanga (bull cart) or even labour to survive in daily life and feed his family. But he kept his affection with music alive and used to participate in local functions (Punjabi Mela). He has also achieved an award from Pres. A P J Abdul Kalam.).

c. Iqbal Mahal – Born in Punjab, India in 1946 and later moved to England at the age of 17. He has been a resident of Canada since 1968, Iqba lMahal is a well-respected, veteran, versatile broadcaster, and literary author. Pleasant and affable, Iqbal Mahal has been actively promoting cultural and racial harmony in Canada, since 1972, through various organizations and his radio and television shows. Over the years, Iqbal Mahal has been involved in many fundraising events whether it was for Sick children Hospital in Toronto or William Osler Hospital in Brampton. He has set new heights in Punjabi folk songs.

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