When you have noted sufi singer Dhruv Sangari on stage, it's bound to cast a spell. Some in the audience wept, some sat with eyes shut, and others appeared as if they were in a trance. The concert held at the campus of Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, Dwarka, on January 18, was jam-packed with emotions.
Organised by Dwarka Collective, a citizen’s group, the evening had Sangari stirring souls with compositions by medieval Sufi saints. From 13th century sufi saint Hazrat Amir Khusro (13th century) to 17th century saint Baba Bulleh Shah and to compositions by Amir Khusro, he rendered them all. With Chhaap tilak sab chhini re and Aaj rang hai ri, he also paid tribute to his spiritual master Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.
“Sufi music is about peace, love, diversity and harmony. It has elements of different civilisations, cultures and religion," he told the rapt audience.
Actress Zohra Sehgal's great grand daughter Madhyama Sehgal also performed Odissi. And scientist cum poet, Gauhar Raza also kept the audience mesmerised with his poetry recitals based on freedom struggle.
"It was an evening I am not likely to forget any time soon," said Rajesh Prakhar, a resident of Dwarka's Himachali Apartments.