The three day Sahaj Parav festival organised by Dohar and Lopamudra Productions showcased a slice of folk cuture of various parts of India such as Gujarat , Manipur, Rajasthan , Maharashtra to the people of Kolkata. In this festival almost 100 folk artists from India and Bangladesh performed. The aim is to highlight the different forms of Indian root music like classical, folk, kirtan etc, to establish a connection among the different genres and to open a dialogue between these.
The audience got to hear Tahir Hussain musical troupe.Qawwali is a Sufi form of music that originated in the 13th century. It provides a synthesis of the truth and divine love and its rendition of creates a ‘sama’ that transports you to a completely different place. It is one of the most exhilarating musical experiences to listen to Qawwali live. . Shaukat Andaz of the troupe said “Qawwali music is a message of God – a peaceful life for everyone It promise a “spiritual and soul cleansing” awakening that radiates positivity, compassion and wellbeing.”
Huyen Lallong Manipur Thang-Ta Cultural Association displayed their hidden techniques of martial arts and dance forms during the festival.Although Thang means sword Ta means spear literally, Thang-Ta collectively signifies the indigenous form of martial arts in the state. “The tradition was founded in ancient times, where it was developed and popularised due to constant war between the tribes in Manipur, and military conflicts with neighbouring Myanmar and Tripura.”said G Bisheshwar Sharma. Mooralala Marwada music was charged with the intensity of Kabir’s untamed pourings. In times such as ours, when we are torn by superficial divisions of caste, class and ideologies, invoking Kabir makes for profound meaning.
While Dhol-Tasha Pathaks, the volunteer drummer troupes, played with military precision and ferocity. The beats were almost like an army marching to battle and must be witnessed if you are in Pune during the Ganesh Utsav.
This festival in future will become the epicenter for all folk and ethnic art forms to converge, mix and evolve. We will transcend boundaries and spread wings to form a global network highlighting the root-arts from this part of the world and learning from cultures across the seas.