And yes, there are some easier alternatives to attaining a yogic trance than to become a yogi.
Ruhaniyat, the All-India Sufi And Mystic Music Festival, organised by Banyan Tree Events, is back for the third year to mesmerise music-lovers of the city this Saturday at the serene Rock Heights of Shilparamam. This Sufi festival is one of the biggest of its kind to be held across the country, and will be held in 6 cities till March 2007. Travelling all over country, the festival has come to Hyderabad after entertaining huge audiences in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.
Musicians from countries ranging from India and Iran to Tibet and Switzerland, comprising of Rifayi fakirs, mystic musicians, Sufi qawwals, monks, Kabir panthis, Shabas singers and Bauls will enthrall the crowd with their performances, which include:
Baul songs by Parvathy Baul from West Bengal
Sufiana kalams and mystic music by Kachra Khan, Jamil and Sawan Khan
Kalbeliya songs by women from Rajasthan
Ojah Pali by Dron Bhuyan and group from Assam
Mystic Chants by Tibetan Monks
Sindhi Shariki from Kutch
Sufi qawwals by Sabri Brothers from Jaipur
Mystic chants with overtones by Danagita Strati from Switzerland
The festival starts at 6:00pm and entry is by donor passes of Rs. 300 per head, available at Sangeet Sagar outlets. For further details, please contact Banyan Tree at 3291-4783.