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Shabad Dhun Laagi – Songs of Fakiri from the Deserts

April 17, 2017

Bhoomija presents Shabad Dhun Laagi ’17 – Songs of Fakiri from the Deserts

Bhoomija’s show with exquisite sufi music from the deserts is back featuring singers from the Thar desert and the Rann of Kutch. The songs will be shared with stories and translations by Shabnam Virmani and Vipul Rikhi of The Kabir Project. The singers are Omprakash Nayak, Mavji Jagariya and Saidu Ibrahim, who come with their “santaras” and accompanying percussionists.

“Bringing forth the fierce spirit of fakiri and bhakti in folk music are two sets of musicians from two very different deserts of India – the salt Rann of Kutch and the Thar desert of Rajasthan. Their songs will bring alive the poetic depth and spiritual force of Kabir, Mirabai, Shah Latif and other poets”, says Shabnam Virmani.

Details of the artistes:

Mavji Jagariya sings and plays the daak at a Hindu temple in Mata Na Madh village of Lakhpat, Kutch, but for the last decade his heart is given over to the Sindhi verses of Shah Latif Bhitai, which he sings with great passion and feeling.



Saidu Ibrahim has imbibed the Sufi songs of Shah Latif Bhitai while grazing cattle on the grasslands of Kutch. He lives in Dumado village of Bhuj. One can hear the earthy quality of the elements reflected in the spontaneous joy with which Saidu sings.


Omprakash Nayak is part of the vaani tradition that has thrived for centuries in the bylanes and corners of the old city of Bikaner. He can often be seen negotiating these alleys with a tambura on his moped. He has drunk deeply from the songs of Kabir, Mirabai, Rohal Fakir and other sants, which moisten the desert air with their free-spirited-ness and sense of joy.

Vipul Rikhi is a poet, fiction writer, translator and singer. He has published a novel and collections of poetry and short stories. His current work is with Kabir Project where he writes and translates extensively in the field of Bhakti, Sufi and Baul poetry, working on forthcoming books as well as a vast online archive called ‘Ajab Shahar’. In the course of this work he has developed a deep love for singing and iterpreting mystic poetry in the folk music tradition.

Shabnam Virmani is a filmmaker, singer, writer and artist in residence at Srishti, Bangalore. In 2003 she started the Kabir Project journeys, which over the last 14 years have curated and expressed the power of Bhakti, Sufi and Baul oral tradtions through films, music, translations, books, festivals, yatras and more. One of her Kabir films won the Special Jury Prize at the 52nd National Film Awards. Currently, along with Vipul and other team members, she is working on a vast online archive of this poetry called Ajab Shahar.

Tickets priced Rs. 300 are available on and at the venue on the day of the show, depending on availability

Saturday | 22nd April 2017 | 7:00 PM

MLR Convention Centre,
Brigade Millenium Campus,
JP Nagar,
Bengaluru 560078.

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