Tuesday, February 09, 2010
February 08, 2010, published in the Daily Times (Pakistan).
LAHORE: A concert “Nine Lives: Sacred Music in Modern India-Pakistan” was organised at the Peeru’s Café on Friday by the Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop (RPTW).
The main focus of the event was to celebrate the success of acclaimed travel writer, William Dalrymple’s latest book, ‘Nine Lives’. The book is about music of the subcontinent and has been well received and much appreciated in music circles. A large number of people showed up for the event where US Consul General Carmela Conroy was the special guest.
The evening showcased a reading of passages from Dalrymple’s book, followed by musical performances by artists such as Susheela Raman, Paban Das Baul who performed the Bauls of Bengal, and the Shahjo Raag Fakirs. Susheela Raman’s angelic voice, the wandering music cult of the Bauls of Bengal derived from Vaishnavite Hinduism together with Sufi Muslim thought made the evening truly a treat for all folk-music lovers. The Shahjo Raag Fakirs, a folk group that has been singing at the shrine of Shah Latif Bhitai for over 30 years and have won numerous national and international awards, also gave a special performance. “My extensive study of Sufi music in the region has introduced me to various brilliant stories that I have compiled in my book, ‘Nine Lives’. The one thing that could connect people from all religions and regions is this mystic music,” he said. staff report