The north and south of it

Mar 25, 2016, 09:30 IST | Suprita Mitter

An evening of Qawaali followed by the best in Carnatic music, this weekend promises to be a treat for music lovers

Last year in November, when the Ruhaniyat festival, a celebration of Sufi saints and mystics, completed 15 years, the promoters of the festival had promised a follow-up performance featuring Qawwali. An annual music festival, Ruhaniyat sees artistes from across the world come together in Mumbai.

Chisti brothers
Chisti brothers

Keeping to their word, Banyan Tree, organisers of the fest, is hosting a special performance featuring the Chisti Brothers. Led by Salim Chisti, the Qawwal group belongs to the Chistiya school of Sufi music in India. According to many scholars, it is the Chisti order that first created Qawwali as a form.

(From left) R Ganesh and R Kumaresh performing a violin duet(From left) R Ganesh and R Kumaresh performing a violin duet

On the following day, look out for the Mumbai edition of Dakshinayan, its annual Carnatic Music Festival conceptualised with the idea to celebrate and promote Carnatic Music in North India. This edition of the festival will feature a violin duet by R Ganesh and R Kumaresh, whose works feature traditional as well as contemporary compositions and vocals by award-winning performer, Sanjay Subrahmanyam.

What: Ruhaniyat 
On: March 25, 7.15 pm 
Cost: Rs 300 onwards;

What: Dakshinayan 
On: March 26, 6 pm; 
At: Nehru Centre Auditorium, Worli. 
Call: 28261885
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