The brightest female stars of Sufi music will play together for the first time
Manchester International Festival will host a one-off concert bringing together two of Sufi music’s rising female performers, Harshdeep Kaur from India and Sanam Marvi from Pakistan are performing together for the first time.
Harshdeep Kaur is a celebrity in India, singing and performing 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”.
Regarded as one of the foremost Sufi singers in the world, Sanam Marvi lives in Lahore, Pakistan and sings in the Qawwali style, one of the few women, to perform in this way.
Sanam Marvi said, ‘It’s about 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.’
This very special evening celebrates the opening of Sharmeen Obaid- Chinoy’s film installation HOME1947, which marks 70 years since the partition of British India.
Following individual performances these two incredible stars of Sufi will come together in a joyful fusion set.
Presenter and DJ Noreen Khan, in partnership with the BBC Asian Network, will host the event.
John McGrath, Artistic Director at the Manchester International Festival said, ‘We are honoured to welcome two of the greatest stars of Sufi music to MIF17 to play together for the first time. This performance by Sanam Marvi and Harshdeep Kaur also marks the opening of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s extraordinary new work, HOME1947, and is a fitting celebration of the remarkable creativity and rich cultures of South Asia, on the 70 the anniversary of Indian independence.’’
The performance will take place Saturday 1 July, 7.30pm at the Lowry
Tickets £25 – £45 (£12 for Greater Manchester residents on a lower wage)
For information go to www.mif.co.uk