Soul Mates

For the first time, a six-member all-women troupe from Iran will perform at the third edition of the International Sufi Festival in Delhi. Legendary Egyptian musician Amer El Tony will also be there with his 10-member dervish dance team. Their 2011 performance at Old Fort had the audience in a trance. Other participating countries include Spain, Russia and Tunisia.

From February 6 to 8, the festival will have concerts, workshops and jam sessions. "We are planning to hold workshops during the day, where the musicians can interact with the audience, talk about their instruments and their genre of music," says Amitava Bhattacharya, founder of, a portal dedicated to cultural development, which is collaborating with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations for the festival. "The evenings are dedicated to jam sessions and concerts," he says.

Other musicians include a nine-member chanting team from Tunisia; Russian folk group Otava Yo and Pinana Brothers from Spain.

The festival will be held at Kamani Auditorium. Entry is free. Contact: 23379310

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