Music lovers can look forward to a double delight of Sufi and folk music this weekend.
The art, culture and youth affairs department is going to organise a three-day international Sufi and folk music festival which would witness a galaxy of celebrity singers from India as well as across the border. Artistes from countries, including Spain, Denmark, Iran, Sweden, Bangladesh and Portugal, would participate in the three-day event starting February 7.
Artistes from Bihar, Bengal and Punjab are also scheduled to take part in the first such cultural extravaganza in the city.
“Bihar’s Khan Brothers, Bengal’s baul-fakir team and Punjab’s Ranjan Ali Qawwal’s party have given their nod to participate in the fest. Chief minister Nitish Kumar would inaugurate the festival at SK Memorial Hall on Friday. The soiree would be held Premchand Rangshala for the next two days,” said Chanchal Kumar, secretary, art, culture and youth affairs department, at a news meet at Soochna Bhavan on Monday.
“Our department is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the fest is a grand success. Local performers, too, would be given opportunities to display talent and showmanship. The nirgun (a kind of singing) artistes of Gaya, Saharsa, Madhepura and Supaul would also participate in this event. Sufi music is very much popular in Maner Sharif, Kako and Biharsharif and the department intends to make this genre of music more popular through this event in the whole state. Sufi and folk music are altogether two different forms but this festival would bring them together on a stage,” added Kumar.
Sources said while other artistes have confirmed attendance, the participation of Khan Brothers is still under confusion.
A person close to Khan Brothers said: “The government should sort out the issue, a payment-related one, because this would really look weird if the local artistes don’t participate in such a big festival organised in the state for the first time.”
He added that Khan Brothers have been offered Rs 20,000 but they did not want to perform at such a low fee, especially when the department is offering more to the international teams.