World music to come alive at Sufi Sutra


The second edition of Sufi Sutra, a World Peace Music Festival will be held from February 10 to February 12 at Kala Academy, Panaji. It will be organised by the Directorate of Art and Culture in collaboration with Kala Academy and banglanatak dot com. The festival aims at connecting Indian folk artists to the world through cultural exchange and to promote cultural pluralism. Sufi Sutra will be held in Kolkata for the sixth year before travelling to Goa. In Goa this is their second edition.

The festival will have in attendance six international troupes – Cherry Grover (Scotland), Mavambo (Brazil), American Sufi Project (USA), Karrosel (Portugal), Romengo (Hungary) and Mamadou Diabate and Percussion Mania (Burkina Faso). The three Indian troupes that will be presenting their music are Warsi Brothers, East West Local and Indie Folk Ensemble. Collectively, there will be around seventy two artists performing traditional music celebrating cultural diversity through acoustic music.

The inauguration of the festival will take place on February 10 at 6 p.m. at Dinanath Mangeshkar Kala Mandir followed by the concerts. On February 11 and February 12 there will be workshops held at the Black Box from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Here the various international troupes will explain their form of music and interact with the audience. These workshops are open to all.

The concerts will begin at 6.15 p.m. in the evenings. To create cultural dialogues, share knowledge on different musical traditions and increase scope for developing new collaborations through World Music, Sufi Sutra will have guests from various parts of the world visiting Goa to witness the festival. Director, World Music Forum Sonja Heimann from the Netherlands, Editor of Songlines – magazine of world music, Simon Broughton, World Music CEO from Greece Giorgos Markakis among others.


American Sufi Project: USA

It was established by a group of artists with the intention of transmitting, through music and art, divine love and interconnectedness that they have felt participating in these spiritual and musical practices.

Cherry Grove: Scotland

Scotland’s most exciting folk ensembles known for traditional songs, original compositions and contemporary melodies, the group was nominated at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2014, they have enticed audiences internationally. The band produces an exceptional level of musicianship evident in their thoughtful and sophisticated arrangements.

Romengo: Hungary

The music of Romengo is characterised by the respect for traditions and constant renewal. This 10 years old group plays Hungarian Olah-gypsy music. Besides existing gypsy folksongs, they perform their own tradition-based songs with own unique sounds using can tins along with spoons and the wooden trough.

Karrossel: Portugal

Karrossel proposes a journey through the world of traditional music, where public is invited to participate in dances – including Portuguese dances like Vira do Minho or Fado Batido, Troika from Russia and others from Britain, Romania, Lithuania, and many other cultures in a constant dialogue with the public.

Mamadou Diabate and Percussion Mania: Burkina Faso

The music of Mamadou Diabate and Percussion Mania is supported by powerful African rhythms and chants. They owe their popularity to ‘Balafon duel’ between the two brothers, Mamadou and Brahima Diabate. Mamadou Diabate, composes, sings and plays many instruments like Ngoni and Talking Drums other than the Balafon.

Mavambo: Brazil

Mavambo combines traditional Afro-Brazilian dance and music, focusing on ‘roda’, or circle, the format in which most of these traditions are held. The ritual and trance aspects of the Afro-Brazilian culture, as well as its playfulness and joyfulness, are widely explored in a very creative way.

Warsi Brothers

Nazeer Ahmed Khan Warsi and Naseer Ahmed Khan Warsi are recipients of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for contribution to Qawwali. They belong to the ‘Qawwal Bachchey of Delhi Gharana’. They have received training from their grandfather Aziz Ahmed Khan Warsi and father Zaheer Ahmed Khan Warsi a National Awardee.

East West Local: India

Presents Bengali folk based World Music through collaboration between musicians of West Bengal and Goa. Their album ‘Trans Bangla’ was the Indian pick of Top World Music Albums of 2014

Indie Folk Ensemble

Presents folk music and dance, highlighting traditional Indian folk culture from various states. It presents Chau and Natua- attractive martial art based masked dance Purulia from West Bengal