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It's Sufi and rock at Qutub Fest

Madhur Tankha



MAJESTIC SETTING: The annual Qutub Festival will begin at the world heritage site from Friday.

NEW DELHI: Billed as a musical bonanza for the youth, the 13th Annual Qutub Festival begins at the Qutub Minar complex here on Friday. It is being organised jointly by Delhi Tourism and Sahitya Kala Parishad.

The three-day festival will feature a host of accomplished young musicians and artistes. Singer Kailash Kher of "Allah Ke Bande" fame will perform on the first day. Popularly known as K.K., Kailash rose from a struggling artiste who sang for television commercials to sing the song "Allah Ke Bande" for the film "Waisa Bhi Hota Hai". He has now formed his own band, "Kallasa", that will perform at the festival.

"Orange Street" band that will play a combination of heavy rap-rock, Indian classical and traditional songs will also perform on Day One. The band has played at major festivals like "Peace and Love" and "Little Chill".

The second day will see a mystic combination of Punjabi Sufi and qawwali and Rabbi Shergill, who has won the hearts of music lovers across the world with his "Bulla Ki Jana Mein Kaun... .", will perform.

Chand Afzal, who has to his credit Sufi qalams, Gurbani and Kirtan, will perform a qawwali.

The last day of the festival will see Sufi qualms by Shafqat Ali Khan from Pakistan and Aslam Sabri's Sufiana qawwali. While Shafqat considers classical singing his principal calling but applies his considerable talents to newer and more popular forms such as ghazal, Aslam Sabri has mastery over singing of qawwali in Persian and Brij Bhasha.

During the festival, a food plaza serving a wide array of cuisines from the North and other parts of the country will be set up.

Entry to the festival is free and invitations can be procured from Dilli Haat, Coffee Home on Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Laxmi Nagar and Garden of Five Senses.

Special buses will be available from Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University and North Campus to the venue and back.

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