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Ruhaniyat Dons New Avatar in Covid Times

Ruhaniyat Dons New Avatar in Covid Times

Parvathy Baul in Ruhaniyat

In the midst of all the ongoing chaos, connecting with the Divine through music created by artists from across the world, is a much-needed balm

India’s biggest mystic music festival, Ruhaniyat is back in a new avatar. Held across eight cities and alive and kicking since the last two decades, this is the first time that the music festival will be held in a hybrid format in Mumbai, its parent city and online in all the other cities.

Over the years, Ruhaniyat music festival has been crisscrossing history, geography and musical streams – featuring solos, group presentations, specially curated global productions that dissolve boundaries and create musical bridges of universal brotherhood, love, harmony, peace and joy!

The pandemic, the lockdown and all that followed also made us realize how little do we really need in life. It forced us to stop, think and ask some fundamental questions. So many realizations, several lessons learnt. And one hopes that the impact of all the soul-searching will not be short-lived. In the midst of all the chaos connecting with the Divine seemed like a soothing balm, a ray of hope for many. Reading or listening to the immortal works of great saints, realized masters gave us the much needed solace.

Ruhaniyat promo

As November arrived, we at Banyan Tree helplessly looked at the scenario which was far from suitable to take off on our annual Ruhaniyat journey. We kept receiving calls from our artists and audiences enquiring about when the festival would be held.

Now the wait is finally over and we are all set to present Ruhaniyat yet again. Given the Corona scenario since last year, it has been decided to not hold any physical concert, except in Mumbai. But we are thankful that we can present Ruhaniyat at all, for all our loyal audiences across the country, even if its in a digital format.

To be able to present Ruhaniyat in all the eight cities, despite these difficult times, we are grateful to our national partners Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for joining hands with us yet again.

There will be a specially curated digital version of a Ruhaniyat concert in each city. Each will be a combination of freshly shot performances as well as some exceptional performances from the Ruhaniyat archives, keeping in mind the taste of each city and acts which they might have missed out over the years.

Ruhaniyat Performers

Digital Ruhaniyat concert in Kolkata will be presented on 6th March, 6pm onwards and the artist line up will include Lal Vakh and Sufi Kalam by Abdul Rashid Hafiz and Group from Kashmir; When Hearts Connect by Nandesh Umap with Group from Maharashtra; Balalaika Ensemble from Russia; Polyphony Songs – Vaya Quartet from Bulgaria) andQawwali by Warsi Brothers & Group.

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Ruhaniyat concerts will be held in Delhi on 7th March and will feature glimpses of the Baul world by Parvathy Baul of West Bengal; A Bridge Across Sand Dunes by Sawan Khan and group from Rajasthan. This would be followed by Ahmedabad on 13th March, Bengaluru on 14th March, Chennai, Hyderabad and lastly Pune. For more details, pls log onto the official website of Ruhaniyat.

Ruhaniyat will be presented in a hybrid format (virtual and limited live audience) in Mumbai. Parvathy Baul says, “Ruhaniyat is going global now. Since it is happening on digital platforms the audiences from various cities will be able to watch the same. Its my pleasure to be a part of such a grand musical celebration. It has so many genres of music and such a wide variety of artists from over the world.”

The tickets for all the shows, including the one to be held in Mumbai will be available on bookmyshow.com

 

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