1. “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent,” said the French poet Victor Hugo. Early on Saturday morning, 20 participants of the Times Passion: Sufi Poetry and Music Appreciation Trail embarked on a journey into this ineffable nature of Sufi music through the streets of the capital.
2. The weekend passion trail started with a heritage walk at the Bada Batashewala Mahal and then moved on to the chilla of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, where the iconic saint is said to have lived for around 65 years. The walk was filled with facts on the historical significance of these places.
3. Serendipitously, the day, January 30, was also the final day of celebrations of the 712th urs of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. On the occasion, the trail participants visited the Nizamuddin Auliya dargah, where they offered a chadar, participated in the prayers of the Fadia ceremony, and listened to qawwali renditions.
4. The trail was led by Dhruv Sangari, a well–known Sufi singer who began training in classical music at the age of seven. Having developed an interest in Sufism, he also trained under the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Saheb and has been performing professionally since 2001 with his troupe Rooh.
5. The heritage walk was followed by a session on Sufi poetry and music, where Sangari introduced the participants to the message of peace and love that Sufism delivers. Sufism is a mystical dimension that focuses on the purification of oneself. This aspect is felt strongly in Sufi music too… The famous Persian poet and Sufi master, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, once said, “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”
6. Sangari’s session also featured revelatory anecdotes from the lives of Sufi saints like Baba Bulleshah, and their links to the origin of popular Sufi poetry. “This was my first heritage walk and Sufi trail in Delhi and I was completely hooked. Dhruv made all the difference,” said Renuka Mahajan, a participant.
7. The passion trail culminated with a musical rendition by Sangari and his troupe where they performed popular Sufi songs like ‘Chhap Tilak Sab Chheen’ and ‘Dama Dam Mast Kalandar’.
8. “I was moved to witness in the eyes of the participants the joy of having felt something profound,” said the trail architect himself.
Attempt the following questions on the basis of the passage you have read:
(a) At Nizamuddin Auliya’s dargah, the trail participants offered ___________.
Correct Option is (iii) chaddar
(b) The person who spoke on the Sufism and the message of peace and love at the meet is _________.
(i) Dhruv Sangari
(ii) Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
(iii) Renuka Mahajan
Correct Option is (i) Dhruv Sangari
(c) Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan trained Sangari. (True/False)
(d) Victor Hugo was an American poet. (True/False)
(e) Dhruv Sangari began training in classical music at the age of ten. (True/False)
(f) The heritage walk was followed by a session on sufi music and poetry. (True/False)
(g) Find the word from the passage which means the same as “making people aware of something”. (para 6)
(h) Find the word from the passage which means the same as “too great to be expressed in words”. (para 1)