Gulzar Ganai invited for special Sufi Night
SRINAGAR: Popular traditional singer of Kashmir, Gulzar Ahmad Ganai will be performing at Hazrat Nizam-ud-Din Shrine as a part of ‘Sufi Night’ on Friday.
The program is being organised by a healthcare organisation, KRV Healthcare run by a physiotherapist of Kashmiri-origin. Traditional chakri performance is also scheduled at the event to be held in front of Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah in Delhi.
“Gulzar sahib is popular among many people in Delhi also. Most of them are of Kashmiri origin including Muslims and Pandits living in the capital. There will be sufi performances in Urdu by him on the popular demand from many devotees. It will be a great moment for many people to unite through spirituality and sufi music,” Dr Ridwana Sanam, an organiser told Kashmir Reader.
She said people from different countries and embassies would participate in the programme.
“This is for the first time that a sufi night featuring a Kashmiri singer is being organized. Though this event is open to everyone especially devotees but we have invited many foreign guests also through different embassies and organizations,” she said.
Dr Ridwana, a physiotherapist of Kashmiri origin said the performance will start at 8pm till late evening and some Qawals will also perform at the event.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, 58-year-old Ganai, who was recently awarded by the President of India, expressed happiness over the event. “It will bring together many Kashmiris living in Delhi but not met for a long time.”
“I am happy that I got this opportunity to perform at a sacred stage where spirituality hovers around everyone,” he said.
Ganai was among 43 eminent artists who received Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards (Akademi Puraskar) in five categories for the year 2016. The awards were presented by President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday in a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.