"Mohey Rang De Basanti, O Rey Piya Nizamuddin Auliya!"
"सकल बन फूल रही सरसों, अम्बवा फूटे, टेसू फूले,
कोयल बोले डार-डार, और गोरी करत सिंगार,
निजामुदीन के दरवज़्ज़े पर, मलनियाँ गेंदवा ले आईं कर सों,
सकल बन फूल रही सरसों।"
(The fields are lush with yellow mustard blooms,
Mango buds open and the Flame of the Forest blooms,
Each branch echoes with the Koel’s melodies,
As the lovely maidens don their make-up,
And the gardener-women bring Marigolds to the doors of Nizamuddin,
The fields are lush with yellow mustard blooms)
Seven centuries ago, these words woven around soulful music, sung by Khwaja Amir Khusrau and his band of 'Qawwal Bachchas' (Qawwali Singers) rang out to celebrate the onset of Basant (Spring) and thus began a beautiful tradition observed in the Nizamuddin Basti...
Sufi Basant is a 700+ years old legacy of Sufi music & celebrations coinciding with Basant Panchami (Hindu festival of Spring)....keeping alive a ritual that celebrates life, nature's bounty and celebrates the universal brotherhood of communities irrespective of religion...
On the auspicious occasion of 'Sufi Basant' this year, DelhiByFoot in association with Dargah Nizamuddin Aulia Trust brings to you this unique 'Rasa' of our lovely city....join us inside the holy courtyard of Dargah-e-Nizamuddin...immerse yourself in this only kind of a colourful celebration of spring with all things Basanti (Yellow)...mustard, marigold and music....the lilting tunes of Amir Khusrau’s evergreen verses being sung in honour of 'The Almighty' and his 'Pir' (Master) Mehboob-e-Ilaahi Hazrat Sheikh Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya...and many tales of their mutual love and devotion!!!
Beginning with stories of this unique festival and how it came about, stories of Khusrau and his 'Khwaja Ji', we will then join the musical procession of Qawwals (Sufi Qawwali Singers) as they go around the Basti alleys finally ending inside the holy courtyard of Dargah-e-Nizamuddin Auliya....where the air is heavy with the smell of Ittar (Indian flower extracts’-based perfumes) and the robust tunes of the Harmonium, Tabla & Dhol ring out in the skies....as you also join in the singing of special 'Basant Ki Qawwalis'....verses of spring colours, of love, of new cycle of seasons and new hopes....we get a special chance to offer flowers & chaddars and finally with surprise takeaways of this unique taste and everlasting memories of this syncretic celebrations of Delhi's historical & cultural roots, we will leave the Dargah!!!
THE COMPLETE EVENT WILL BE CONDUCTED IN ENGLISH & HINDI
TO KNOW MORE OR TO SPEAK WITH US, CALL RAMIT @ 9871181775
DAY/DATE: Saturday, 9th FEB, 2:30PM-6:30PM
MEETING POINT: Dargah Nizamuddin (EXACT ADDRESS WILL BE SENT AFTER REGISTRATION)
Children below 14 yrs are STRICTLY NOT allowed.