LAHORE: Folk singer Sain Zahoor and Suriya Khanam’s performances enthralled participants at Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop’s Mystic Music Sufi Festival 2015 at the Alhamra Cultural Complex, Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.A large number of music lovers attended the Sufi Night. Singers performed Sufi songs composed of Sufi lyrical poetry of Sufi poets included Baba Bulleh Shah, Baba Farid, Khuwaja Gullam Farid, Shah Abdul Latif Bhattai and Sachal Sarmast.Festival organisers spoke about how the music festival featured a variety of Sufi singers and musicians from all over the Pakistan.The veteran singer Suraiya performed ‘Yaar Dadhi Ishq Atish’, a south Punjab’s Sufi poet Ghulam Farid Sufi poetry, which received huge round of applause.
Suriya on the occasion, said, “I have been performing for 32 years of my life and it was because I was singing songs based on Sufi poetry.” She also performed ‘Ni Mein Kamli Aan’, poetry of rebel poet Bulleh Shah, considered to be the most outspoken poet of his times. Suriya started her music journey on Radio Pakistan Multan in 1977 and sung in Urdu, Punjabi, Balochi, Borhi, Sindhi, Kashmiri, Balti and Pashto.Zahoor, Mian Miri and qawals Pappu and Goonga Sain Dholia also performed on the occasion. Meanwhile, Zahooor’s “Allah Hoo” was much applauded by the sitting audience.Classical folk singer, Mai Dhai hailing from Tharparkar, Sindh performed wearing her usual classical Sindhi dress. She is considered to e the only women performed worldwide represented the Sindh’s culture. She sung here famous ‘Coke Studio’ song “Aankharli Pharookai”.In the festival, Sufi music and exhibits performed by artists from every part of Pakistan embodied the true face of our traditions and artistic abilities. Sanam Marvi’s performances received huge applaud ]from the audience.Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop Director Media and Public Relations Tasneem Pirzada on the occasion said that Sufi music is a strong part of Rafi peer’s cultural focus and the Sufi music festival shows the diverse culture of our country – a rich cultural heritage in the form of these great Sufi poets and singers.Today is the last day of the festival.