Ruhaniyat, the oldest and the largest music festival of its kind is best described as a unique pilgrimage, the call of the soul that enlivens centuries of spiritual wisdom. The immortal works of great mystics are brought to life by mostly unheard of but immensely talented carriers of living traditions from remote parts of the country. Now for the 18th consecutive year, the seekers of joy, spiritual wisdom, enchanting music and unheard of living traditions will be delighted to assemble yet again for Ruhaniyat.
On the 24th of November Banyan Tree`s Ruhaniyat, the only festival of its kind will take off in Mumbai. After the two day sojourn in Mumbai (November 24th & 25th) the caravan will then travel to various cities covering north, south, east and west i.e. Mumbai, Kolkata (01th December), Delhi (02nd December),Bengaluru (15th December ),Hyderabad (16th December), and then in Second Half Chennai, Ahmedabad and Pune.
Together, all will soak the positive energy of the lofty works that convey the wisdom and power of those who knew the secret of remaining calm and centered amidst all turmoil. Sadly, with each passing year, the messages of the great mystics really seem to become the need of the hour even more urgently!
As the works of great masters and mystic troubadours come alive, they remind the listeners of the blissful path of spirituality, of the basic oneness of all creation beyond all man-made divides of class, caste, religion, race, language or nationality. In the process also get created the much-needed bridges that ensure these unique aspects of our intangible heritage are nurtured; their carriers` faith gains an impetus.
In that sense, Ruhaniyat is also a platform to discover – discover new forms, new talents, and more than that discover a little peaceful realm within and how we can connect with it.
More than a concert, Ruhaniyat brings to the audience an experience emerging from the combined power of music and spirituality; opening the hearts, and minds. Conceived and curated by Mahesh Babu, Managing Director of Banyan Tree Events, Ruhaniyat is a movement of sorts; a journey towards Peace, Harmony, Universal brotherhood, love and, towards the Self. However more than anything else it connects all who believe in the power of unconditional love, total surrender of ego and unity of all. It rekindles our faith in the ancient wisdom that talked of Vasudhaiva Kutambakam - all universe is one family.
Sunday, 16th December
When hearts connect - An Indo-Belgian Production – Louvat Brothers, Mukhtiyar Ali & other
Through the eyes of Meera & Kabir - Mukhtiyar Ali & group
Sindhi Saraiki - Ismail Para & group
The magic of Mongolian Overtones - Hosoo Khosbayar (Mountains of Mongolia)
Invoking the feminine energy with Gondhal, Jagar, Bharud - Nandesh Umap & group
Qawwali - Chisti Brothers & group