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Sur Jahan

Feb 3 - 5, 2023

About Us

Sur Jahan (previous name Sufi Sutra) is an annual three-day World Peace Music Festival with the motto of ‘Music for Peace, Music for All’ and has been held since 2011 at Kolkata till 2020. The festival has travelled to a few cities in the past for a few years like Panjim (2015 to 2020), New Delhi (2012, 2013, 2015, 2019) & 2019), Jaipur (2020), Patna (2014) and Dhaka (2014). The festival couldn't take place due to Covid19 after Feb 2020, and in this period, i.e, during 2021 & 2022, a localized version of the festival Folk Safar was organized at Kolkata, Panjim and Jaipur using only National level music bands. Sur Jahan is back again in Feb 2023, but to be held only in Kolkata. Sur Jahan is a non-ticketed festival, open to music lovers. Sur Jahan always presented Int'l music bands and had participation of world music bands from 32 countries till date. The format includes evening concerts and daytime workshops, and the USP of the festival is presentation of traditional acoustic instruments of various countries as well as folk music in various mother tongues/ vernacular languages, celebrating the essence of World Music, i.e, music of the world. Celebrating Cultural diversity and plurality is the basis of this festival, which also is the essence of Kolkata, the city of joy. This year, the festival SUR JAHAN is scheduled on 3-5 Feb, to be held at Golf Green Central Park, Kolkata.

  • Countries
  • International Teams
  • National Teams
  • Cities
  • National Artists
  • Folk Artists
  • Audience
  • International Artists

Rangamatir Baul - Rina Das Baul

Rarh Darbar - Arpita Chakraborty

Madagán - Northern Ireland

Qawwals of Jalangi- Chhote Golam

Mirs of Rajasthan - Mir Basu Khan

Mawlawyiah - Egypt

Folks of Bengal

Saira Banu: Leelabali

Teams of 2023

Leelabali- Saira Banu
Leelabali, led by Saira Banu, a known singer from Chua village in Murshidabad, will present traditional wedding songs covering the emotions connected with marriage like teasing the bride, welcoming the groom and bidding farewell to the daughter of the house. 
Rangamatir Baul - Rina Das Baul
Rina Das Baul, a well known Baulani of Santiniketan who performed at WOMEX 2022, will perform with her team Rangamatir Baul.

Madagán - Northern Ireland
Madagán, a folk music band from Belfast in Northern Ireland led by Jason O Rourke, is pioneer in using contemporary music with traditional melodies in both English and Irish and uses traditional instruments like the Uilleann pipes and Concertina.

Mawlawyiah - Egypt
Mawlawyiah, a world famous Dervish music and dance group from Egypt, led by Amer Eltony as lead singer and supported by a group of whirling dervish dancers.

Qawwals of Jalangi- Chhote Golam
Chote Golam, a resident of Jalangi in Murshidabad and one of the most talented & extremely popular Bangla Qawwali singers, will present Fakiri Sufi Qawwali songs.

Mirs of Rajasthan - Mir Basu Khan
Mirs of Rajasthan led by Mir Basu Khan, based at Pugal in Bikaner desert, will present Sufi & Qawwali songs in Saraiki and Urdu language.

Rarh Darbar - Arpita Chakraborty
Rarh Darbar, a Jhumur music group led by the eminent singer from Bankura Dr Arpita Chakraborty will present a very special genre of Jhumur like Darbari Jhumur.

Folks of Bengal
Folks of Bengal, an ensemble of leading folk musicians of Kolkata, will present traditional folk songs along with their own compositions using traditional folk acoustic instruments.

Bauls of Bengal

Bauls of Bengal

Folks of Bengal

Chakdah Natya Jan

Folks of Bengal

Chakdah Natya Jan

Teams of 2022

We organized the second edition of Folk Safar between 18th and 20th February at Mohar Kunj. Supported by the Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal, this 3-day power-packed journey celebrated rural art and cultural tourism. Other than handmade crafts and short daytime performances in the fest, the main stage lit up with a thoughtful curated show as part of the inauguration with 50 performing arts and artists from the hills to the delta. Audiences were captivated through all three days with delightful musical presentations from the Bauls of Bengal, and Folks of Bengal on consecutive days. Widening the cultural spectrum, the festival came to a close with a very special theatre performance – Bhanusundarir Pala, an experimental musical drama set in the shadow of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The festival also had a prominent social media presence and therefore reached out to thousands both in- and off-site. Folk Safar enabled visitors to learn and explore significant rural cultural destinations.

Divana of Rajasthan

Kalunath Kalbelia and Group

Sardar Khan langa and Group

Folk Instrumentals

Chote Golam and Group

Saurav Moni and Group

Teams of 2021

Every year the music lovers of Kolkata eagerly await the Sur Jan- an international music festival. This year due to the pandemic, international travel restraints we decided to bring together the two rich cultural flavors of our nation-West Bengal and Rajasthan. Folk Safar, 2021 took the audience on a musical journey from the sand dunes of western India to the delta of eastern India. The festival was an amalgamation of music, culture and diversity. It was a 3-day celebration of folk music bringing about inclusivity. The 3-day festival from 12th February to 14th February was witness to euphonious tunes together with dazzling performances. The event had an interesting line-up with Kalbelia- exploring folk melodies with serpentine moves from Rajasthan; Fakiri Qawwali–celebrating togetherness and harmony, folk instrumental collaboration between artists of Bengal and Rajasthan, Padmashree Anwar Khan with his group Divana, Bhatiyali- the boatmen’s song by Sourav Moni and the Langas- rustic music from the western part of Rajasthan. The festival showcased traditional handicrafts from different corners of Bengal like Patachitra, Dokra, Dhokra, Kantha, Shola, Sabai and folk performances like Chau, Jhumur, Baul, Raibenshe, Domni etc creating a platform for people with interest in arts and culture to experience it.

Coreyah, Korea

Radiant Arcadia, Denmark

Ale Moller, Sweden

Dalinda, Hungary

Folks of Bengal, India

Daniyel Waro, Reunion Island

Teams of 2020

A decade of World Peace Music Festival Sur Jahan, celebrating cultural diversity and pluralism!
The festival is a harbinger of music, harmony and togetherness. What the celebration has held together for the past years is an assemblage of World Music bands and folk artists of India, and the year 2020 will be no exception. The 3-day festival from 31st January 2020 to 2nd February is here to witness euphonious tunes together with scintillating performances. The event has a very interesting line-up with Dalinda - exploring Hungarian folk melodies; Radiant Arcadia – all women band from Denmark, Godfather of Nordic music 'Ale Moller', South Korean band Coreyah and the legendary singer Danyèl Waro from the Reunion island. The festival continues to showcase traditional handicraft and folk performances creating a true music carnival in the city of Kolkata, where global culture matters! After Kolkata, the festival travels to Goa, the gateway of India and will be held on Feb 5-7. This is the first time, Sur Jahan also travels to the Heritage city - Jaipur and to be held on Feb 8-10.

Glimpses

Attractions

The site of Sur Jahan is abuzz through the entire span of the festival. A corner is dedicated to craftspeople engaging with visitors about traditional art and artisans displaying their unique artwork in the form of folk painting, embroidery, and weaving in designated stalls. They’re pleased to meet visitors and eager to answer questions about their process. Folk singers and performance artists holding crowds in thrall with little scheduled shows from afternoon to evening. The participating bands discuss their music, tradition, instruments, engage with the audience and collaborate with local bands. They even conduct and participate in small scale workshops during the mornings of Day 2 and Day 3. A little way away from this constant activity is the enchanted main stage, which only comes alive at sundown.

Festival Stories

Over the years, many participating artists, both international and national have performed and brought the language of music to life. Invited guests return with beautiful memories and perhaps a food for thought for us. The audience has motivated us to be braver with their encouraging words and views. Here, we have strived to bring you these lived anecdotes from the performers, guests and viewers who have become part of the Sur Jahan family.

Plan Your Tour

One of the biggest music extravaganzas in the heart of Kolkata allows you to explore hidden gems of Bengal. This grand music festival is an opportunity to enjoy the local culture and landscapes of West Bengal at its finest.

Media

Sur Jahan is one of the biggest music festivals of India. Its evolution as a headliner music concert has been supported by various national and international media over time. Three days of extravaganza is covered by the leading dailies of Kolkata, Goa, and Delhi; previously by media in Patna and Dhaka too. Along with news channels and national streaming services, bloggers too flock to the music festival.

electronic media

print media

Aajkal
Sur Jahan 2019
Herald Cafe

Memoirs Of Sur Jahan 2019

Sangbad Pratidin

Sur Jahan, Kolkata, February, 2019

Times City

Sounds Of Beyond

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