The Sindhi way of life
A two-day festival to celebrate the beautiful culture and heritage of Sindh, Sindhi Sufi Music and Food Festival opened on March 21 in the national capital, with soulful music of legendary Sufi masters of the ancient land, garnished with delectable cuisine of the region. Presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture and languages in association with Sindhi Academy, the festival brings together some eminent Sindhi singers, and rolls out a culinary Sindhi delight for the people of the capital.
Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisiodia inaugurated the festival while Minister for Women and Child, Social Welfare and Languages, Sandeep Kumar, presided over as the Chief Guest at Pallika Services Officers Institute Lawn, Vinay Marg.
Sindhi way of life has been deeply influenced by Sufi doctrines and principles. Sufi masters such as Shah Abdul Latif and Lal Shahbaz Qalandar are among the most prominent cultural icons of this land. Celebrating their mystical poetry on the first day of the festival were eminent singers Indira Naik, Dushyant Ahuja and Sadhna Bhatia.
From the cradle of ancient Indian civilization to a melting pot of multiple traditions, Sindh has a rich legacy which is reflected suitably in its art, culture and cuisine.
The Sindhi Sufi Music and Food Festival is an opportunity for the people of Delhi to get a taste of this rich and vibrant heritage.
The second and final day of the festival on March 22 saw performances by Pankaj Jeswani and Mohit Lalwani.
The festival is intended not only for the lovers of the Sufi tradition but will also appeal to the lovers of Sindhi, the ancient language of the Sindh region that has inspired its own culture of art, literature and music.
The rich and delicious Sindhi cuisine will also be at full flow at the food festival where visitors’ taste buds will be given a delectable treat of delicacies like Sai Bhaji Chawal, Taryal Patata, Pallo Machi, among others.
As part of the festival, a documentary on Sindhis of India scripted by Suresh Khatri was also shown at the festival. The film documents the history, legacy and contributions of Sindhis to the country.