Come November and the lovers of Sufi and Mystic music await the announcement of Ruhaniyat schedule. Indeed, the month of November has become synonymous with the opening of Banyan Tree’s annual Sufi & Mystic music festival Ruhaniyat. Best described as the call of the soul, it is the only national festival of its kind. Conceived and directed by Mahesh Babu, it brings alive centuries of spiritual wisdom. Immortal, inspiring works of great mystics are brought to life by mostly unheard of but immensely talented carriers of living traditions from remote parts of the country.
Now for the 13th consecutive year the seekers of joy, spiritual wisdom, enchanting music and unheard of living traditions will be delighted to assemble yet again for Ruhaniyat.
So, what is special about Ruhaniyat 2013-14? The highlight this year is festival now extending to one more city i.e. Bhubaneshwar. Which makes it a 10 city festival covering Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Pune, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Raipur and now also Bhubaneshwar.
And, in 2014 April we are taking Ruhaniyat to Istanbul, Turkey.
With each passing year our Ruhaniyat family is expanding. In this process Ruhaniyat is also nurturing most enchanting but neglected, near extinct forms.
The caravan of Ruhaniyat has set out yet again, join us and share our joy… let us create and spread an ambience of unconditional love and dive deep in the ever still pool of bliss.
As always Ruhaniyat will be presented between November 2013 and February 2014. Across the ten cities along with absolutely brilliant bouquet of Indian forms will be mesmerizing performances by artists from other countries like Latif Bolat form Turkey, Kora players from Africa, Tannouras, the Dancing Dervishes of Egypt, Healing music and Polyphony singers from Bulgaria, Whirling Dervishes of Turkey and power packed Sufi Qawwali by qawwals from Pakistan.
The Indian forms to be featured this year are:
Kapalik Pandvani dramatic narration of mystic tales from Mahabharata- Chhattisgarh
Baithi Dhamaal – Siddhi Goma, Gujarat
Jikir-Jari - Assam
Bharud & Abhang - Maharashtra
Lalvak & Sufi Kalam - Kashmir
Zikr-e- Rifayi -Andhra Pradesh
Baul songs - West Bengal
Mystic Meera - Rajasthan
Kabir Panthi Nirgun Bhajans – Madhya Pradesh
Shabad - Punjab
Chhau - Odisha
Jagar – Uttarakhand
Rani Bhatiani Katha - Rajasthan
Theyyam - Kerala
Sufi Kalam & Mystic compositions –Rajasthan
Sufi Qawwali by best of qawwals from Nizamuddin Dargah, as well as Ajmer, Jaipur & Hyderabad.
Guest artists from other countries
Healing music & Polyphony songs (Bulgaria)
Whirling Dervishes – Sema (Turkey)
Bektashi Sufiana Songs (Turkey)
Tannoura – Dancing Dervishes (Egypt)
Sufi Qawwali (Pakistan)
Ruhaniyat 2013-14, will also feature an Indo-Turkish production
Rumi-Emre meet Khusrau-Kabir
A special presentation on the works of Rumi, Emre and Kabir by
Latif Bolat & Whirling Dervishes (Turkey) and Madan Gopal Singh & Chaar yaar (India)
About Banyan Tree
Brainchild of the founder and managing director Mahesh Babu, Banyan Tree changed the manner in which performing arts were generally presented and perceived. The first event management company of its kind, Banyan Tree is known for conceiving and producing world class events of performing arts across India and beyond. The only company with such a wide spectrum of genres, it excels in bringing alive not just Indian classical music and dance by great maestros but also the best of folk music and dance from remote parts of the country, Sufi and mystic music (the genre where it is the pioneer), ghazals, devotional evenings, theatre, dance-dramas, multi-media productions, dance ballets, innovative fusion concerts and collaborative ensembles of world music. Creating designer events for the specific needs of the corporate world and unique festivals at the heritage sits is yet another specialty of the company. Apart from creating awareness of the performing arts, it has also been a significant catalyst in providing a new lease of life for some near extinct forms.
To present Ruhaniyat beyond Indian Shores
We are open to presenting this festival anywhere in the world to spread the message of Universal Brotherhood, Unconditional Love, Total Surrender of Ego and, Peace.
For more details and queries mail us at:
For artists who wish to participate in Ruhaniyat anywhere in India
Carriers of various Sufi and Mystic traditions from around the world who would like to participate in Ruhaniyat can send their DVDs/Audio CDs to Banyan Tree Events.