When surrounded by turmoil and destruction beyond our control the feeling of helpless despair is all engulfing. The mystics used such times to test and enhance the strength of faith in the divine; enhance the strength of love, of compassion, in other words all that is positive, constructive. When a heart reverberates with unconditional pure love and peace, it is bound to echo in another sooner or later. Let our hearts be so full of love that hatred has no space - said the wise one. Let that beat resonate so powerfully that it rides the darkness away... enlightening all that comes its way.

The carriers of that beat, of that light of divine love are back, yet again with Ruhaniyat for the 17th consecutive year.

On the 25th of November Banyan Tree’s Ruhaniyat, the only festival of its kind, will take off in Mumbai. After the two day sojourn in Mumbai (November 25th & 26th) at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Prince of Wales museum), the caravan will then travel to various cities covering North, South, East and West. So, for the 17th consecutive year, the seekers of this unique stream of music will witness the messages of great saints and mystics come alive in different cities across India i.e. Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Pune.

Together, all will soak the positive energy of the lofty works that convey the wisdom and power of those who knew the secret of remaining calm and centered amidst all turmoil. Sadly, with each passing year, the messages of the great mystics really seem to become the need of the hour even more urgently!

As the works of great masters and mystic troubadours come alive, they remind the listeners of the blissful path of spirituality, of the basic oneness of all creation beyond all man-made divides of class, caste, religion, race, language or nationality. In the process also get created the much needed bridges that ensure these unique aspects of our intangible heritage are nurtured; their carriers’ faith gain an impetus.

Ruhaniyat is a platform to discover – discover new forms, new talents and more than that discover a little peaceful realm within and how we can connect with it.

More than a concert, Ruhaniyat brings to the audience an experience emerging from the combined power of music and spirituality; opening the hearts and minds. Conceived and curated by Mahesh Babu, Managing Director of Banyan Tree Events, Ruhaniyat is a movement of sorts; a journey towards Peace, Harmony, Universal brotherhood, Love and towards the Self. However more than anything else it connects all who believe in the power of unconditional love, total surrender of ego and unity of all. It rekindles our faith in the ancient wisdom that talked of Vasudhaiva Kutambakam - all universe is one family.

In the opening edition in Mumbai, beside our Indian carriers of living traditions, this year once again we have two international productions i.e. an Indo – Russian production (When hearts connect) and an all new edition of the Mystic Pathways series.

The Indo-Russian production features the Balalaika Ensemble from Voronezh, Russia with Nandesh Umap who specializes in singing the works of the Saints of Maharashtra that have seeped into the folk repertoire through centuries.

Bringing alive the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutambakam will be a first ever Instrumental ensemble featuring musicians from East Africa (Booba Koyate), Russia, Egypt, Azerbaijan and India.

The dancing Dervish of Egypt, the Tannaura will be yet another act from Egypt.

In the India segment we present for the very first time the intriguing story of Siddhar alchemist Bhogar of Palini Hills, Nandesh Umap of Maharashtra who will bring alive Gan, Jaagar, Bharud and Gondhal, Kutchhi and Sindhi compositions, Saraiki by Ismail Para from Kutchh, the immortal works of the mystics of Kashmir by Abdul Rashid Hafiz and of course, both the days the concluding acts will be power packed qawwali performances.

Besides the above mentioned in Mumbai, across the cities Ruhaniyat 2017-18 will feature various Indian living traditions and musicians like Shabad by Ashupreet Kaur and group, Ancient Vedic chants by Benaras ki Rishikayen, Immortal works of Saint Kabir by Prahlad Singh Tippaniya, Jikir-Jari by Hafiza Beghum, Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa, Sopanam from Kerala, Madan Gopal Singh and his group Char yaar, Rifayi fakirs, Baithi dhamal by Siddi Goma and others. There will also be some fascinating international presentations like a unique collaborative production featuring the duo 2 Siberians from Russia with Kachra Khan and Tibetan Monks, N. Fali from Gambia and Hossoo Khoshbayar from the Altai mountains, Mongolia.

Schedule for 2017-18
Cities Dates Venue
Mumbai Sat 25th & Sun 26th November 2017 Chhattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Fort
Delhi Sat 2nd December 2017 Purana Qila
Kolkata Fri 8th December 2017 Tolly Gunge Club, Tolly Gunge
Bengaluru Sat 16th December 2017 Jayamahal Palace Hotel
Hyderabad Sun 17th December 2017 Taramati Baradari Amphitheatre
Chennai Sun 4th February 2018 Madras Race Club
Ahmedabad Fri 9th February 2018 Vastrapur Lake Amphitheater
Pune Sun 11th February 2018 Empress Botanical Garden

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