by Prabhjot Sohal on IndianExpress.com, Sunday , Feb 07, 2010,
Arms rose gracefully, bodies twirled in soulful trance and lips chanted hymns of love and peace, as a crowded gathering danced to the solitary notes of one man’s guitar. Thursday evening resonated with spiritual incantations and vibes, as Pir Shabda Khan of Sufi Ruhaniat International led his listeners into a zikar — dance of universal peace.
The dargarh of Sufi saint Hazrat Sufi Inayat Khan in Nizamuddin [i.e., the area around the shrine of the great Chishti saint, Hz. Nizamudding Awliya] is witnessing the 100-year anniversary of his journey to the West to spread the message of universal love. The performers come from India and abroad, revealing spirituality through their music. Apart from Khan, the four-day event that ends today also saw a performance by Ensemble Tumata, a Turkish group that upholds a 6,000-year-old performance style of Turkey in its dances and costumes.
The spirituality of Israel will be represented by Ruth Wieder Magan, who will present ancient Jewish Prayers while Delhi-based Sonam Kalra will present gospel music. Both will perform today. “This event, which brings together performers from various faiths and nationalities, is much needed today, when religion is acquiring dark shades of fanaticism,” says Kalra.