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Fest stage for Sufi singers

Gaya, Jan. 25: Kailashpati Mishra’s “Chor baitha hai tori nagariya mein, darwaaza mat khol” left the audience spellbound at Kabir Festival in Bodhgaya today.

Another folk song, “jab se mil gailey guru ji hamaar, bahaar aaiyl jindagi mein”, by the Gaya-based singer marked the Sufi festival’s inauguration at Maya Sarovar.

Around 100 Nirgun singers — those who talk about formless God — from Gaya, Saharsa, Madhepura, Khagaria, Muzaffarpur besides Nadia in Bengal and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan are participating in the festival.

Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (supported by the World Bank) under project Jeevika of the state government has undertaken an initiative in developing culture as livelihood.

Grassroots rural enterprises have been formed with 1,200 folk artistes in nine districts as the project aims at creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for the people with creativityThe project manager of NGO Banglanatak dot com, which organised Kabir Festival, Siddhanjan Ray Chaudhuri, said such livelihood programmes involving folk artistes have been going on in several states for the past eight years.

Besides Kailashpati and Bachaspati Mishra and their group of Gaya, Shyam Sunder Yadav-Triveni Yadav-Surinder Yadav of Saharsa, Navin Kumar Surdas-Shankar Kumar and group of Madhepura and Baba Balgiri Maharaj-Sant Sridharma Ram and group of Jaisalmer performed today. Vikash Chanchal-Govind Vyas of Gaya, Yadunandan Ram-Siyaram Goswami of Khagaria, Ramakant Vyas-Misrilal Vyas of Muzaffarpur besides Arjun Khayapa-Arman Fakir and group of Nadia in Bengal will perform at the festival tomorrow.

Gaya district project manager of Jeevika, Arunava, said the project had seen quite a progress with artistes from rural Bihar performing across India.