– Ana Khan
The 3 day festival, co-hosted by Diggi Palace and Foundation of SAARC writers and Literature, came to a close on 12 October, 2015. The Sufi festival summoned around 50 SAARC Sufi scholars, 20 poets, 80 Sufi musicians and a talented troupe of singers and dancers from all over the world. The festival was a mélange of poetry, book readings and launches, regional dance forms and sufi music and was aimed at the vision of a peaceful world.
The chief guest for the closing night was chief minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje. She acknowledged Rajasthan’s growing popularity and how the state has attracted several cultural events like Coke Studio, Jaipur Literature festival, Jairangam, the Pushkar Mela as well as the Mewar music festival in Udaipur. Raje remarked, “Such events are crucial not only for the state but also for the tourists we host. The pink city has become a hub for cultural events and shows.”
She also applauded the hospitality extended by the Diggi family, observing that Diggi Palace has become the first choice for many such festivals.
The concluding play for the night was named ‘Lal Qille ka Aakhiri Mushaira.’ It was directed by M. Sayed Alam, and starred Tom Alter. It was set in the mid 19th century – India and was beautifully portrayed. According to Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, “I thoroughly enjoyed the Mushaira. It was refreshing to see the Urdu dialect used so effortlessly, without any adulteration. I have had the opportunity to see the play before but I liked it better this time. It was a great show.”
With Jaipur being a part of such global fests and events, several opportunities are yet to come.