| The Raga Boyz. Telegraph picture |
Soulful Sufi strains would be the highlight of this year’s Rajgir Mahotsav.
The three-day cultural extravaganza from December 28 would witness a galaxy of celebrity singers from India as well as across the border.
Apart from folk and Sufi maestro Kailash Kher and Kavita Seth of Gunja sa koi iktara fame from the movie Wake Up Sid, Pakistan’s Raga Boyz would belt out chartbusters to regale the audience.
The tourism department is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the fest is a grand success like previous years. B. Pradhan, the principal secretary of the tourism department, on Thursday said renowned artistes from Pakistan and Sri Lanka would grace the event.
He added that local performers, too, would be given opportunities to display talent and showmanship.
“This time, we would have Pakistani band Raga Boyz perform for us. Kailash Kher and a Sri Lankan dance troupe would also put up acts. We hope people turn up in large numbers for the show,” the senior official added.
Raga Boyz is a band of three brothers, belonging to the Patiala gharana of music. Nayab Ali, Wali Hamid Ali and Inam Ali excel in pop, semi-classical and Sufi music. Formed in 2006, the band has performed across the globe.
Coimbatore-based Isha Foundation’s band Sounds of Isha and Rajendra and Nirupama dance troupes would put up shows at the fair. Anita Guha will perform Bharatnatyam while Rajasthani Gulabo Sapera would perform folk dance. Shikha Khar from New Delhi would perform kathak.