Delhi, India, 11 February 2013 - As part of a major Urban Renewal project in the Humayun’s Tomb-Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti area of Delhi, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) is hosting the Jashne Khusrau festival with the support of the Ford Foundation from 15 February onwards.
Hazrat Amir Khusrau Dehlavi, the renowned 13th century sufi-poet, was the favourite disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. His remarkable legacy is entwined with the rich cultural heritage of the Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti. Since 2008, AKTC has focused on documenting, researching, and disseminating this legacy and making it meaningful in the present context.
The performances will be held at the India Habitat Centre and at specially built venues of the 16th century Chaunsath Khambha in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti and at the CPWD Sundar Nursery (near Humayun’s Tomb). During the festival, National Museum & National Archives will hold special exhibits focused on Hazrat Amir Khusrau. Doordarshan’s Bharati channel will telecast many of the performances live and also telecast archival recordings related to the legacy of Hazrat Amir Khusrau Dehlavi.
The February 2013 festival includes 10 performances (see below), as well as film screenings, exhibitions, discussions, lectures and heritage walks devoted to illustrating the impact of Hazrat Amir Khusrau Dehlavi’s legacy in folk and classical music.
The current festival follows the 2010 festival, which focused on Khusrau’s contribution to Quwwali music.
The schedule will also be available on the project Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/NizamuddinRenewal
Friday, 15 February: 6:30 PM- Amphitheatre, IHC
Performer: Classical Music by Ustad Nasiruddin Saami (Khayal)
Saturday, 16 February: 6:30 PM Stein Auditorium, IHC
Performer: Folk & Classical Music by Rehana-Parween, Saira Begum & Gulshan Ara
Sunday, 17 February: 06:30PM Stein Auditorium, IHC
Performer: Classical Music by Vidushi Kankana Bannerjee (Khayal)
Monday, 18 February: 6:30 PM- Amphitheatre, IHC
Performer: Classical Music by Ustad Ghulam Muhammad Saaznawaz & Group (Kashmiri Sufiana)
Tuesday, 19 February: 6:30 PM Amphitheatre, IHC
Performer: Classical Music by Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan (Khayal)
Wednesday, 20 February: 6:30 PM Amphitheatre, Sunder Nursery
Performer: Contemporary Music by Mekaal Hasan Band (Pakistan)
Thursday, 21 February: 6:30 PM Amphitheatre, Sunder Nursery
Performer: Ghazal by Tahira Syed
Friday, 22 February: 6:30 PM Chaunsath Khamba
Performer: Classical Music by Ustad Shahid Pervez Khan (Sitar)
Saturday, 23 February: 6:30 PM Chaunsath Khamba
Performer: Classical Music by Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan (Khayal)
Sunday, 24 February: 6:30 PM Chaunsath Khamba
Performer: Classical Music by Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan (Sitar)
The events are open to everyone.