A one-off concert bringing together two of Sufi music’s brightest female stars, Sanam Marvi from Pakistan and Harshdeep Kaur from India, performing together for the first time as part of Manchester International Festival….reports Asian Lite News
This very special evening celebrates the opening of Sharmeen Obaid- Chinoy’s film installation HOME1947, marking 70 years since the partition of British India.
Regarded as one of the foremost Sufi singers in the world, Sanam Marvi lives in Lahore, Pakistan. Marvi sings in qawwali style and is one of the few women, along with Abida Parveen, to perform in this way.
“It’s connecting people beyond all borders and boundaries. You don’t have to come from an Islamic tradition to get it. It’s a message for all human beings to share.” Says Sanam Marvi, queen of sufi singing fromPakistan.
Harshdeep Kaur is a celebrity in India, singing in Bollywood films since 2003. The Delhi-born artist won the 2008 TV Singing Reality Show ‘Junoon’, which led Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan to describe her as the “Queen of Sufi”. Harshdeep Kaur will perform with her band, featuring a mix of traditional and contemporary sounds.
Following individual performances these two incredible stars of Sufi will come together in a joyful fusion set.
In partnership with BBC Asian Network, presenter and DJ, Noreen Khan, will host the event.
John McGrath, Artistic Director, Manchester International, said ,’’We are honoured to welcome two of the greatest stars of Sufi music to MIF17, performing together for the first time. This performance by Sanam Marvi and Harshdeep Kaur, which also marks the opening of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s extraordinary new work, HOME1947, is a fitting celebration of the remarkable creativity and rich cultures of South Asia, on the 70 the anniversary of Indian independence.’’
Sat 1 July, 7.30pm
Tickets £25 – £45 / £12 for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage
For more info visit www.mif.co.uk