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.
Till now 32 countries have participated in this folk festival since its inception in 2011.
50 International Teams
Over 50 international teams from 32 countries have participated in 10 years.
20 National Teams
Since 2011, 20 national teams have performed in Kolkata, Goa, Jaipur, Delhi and Patna.
Since 2011, the festival has been held in Kolkata, Patna, Goa, Delhi, Jaipur and Dhaka.
350 National Artists
One of the biggest music festivals, 350 popular artists and their teams from India.
1000 Folk Artists
Over 1000 folk artists have performed on the Folkstage since its inception in 2017.
Over 10 years, over a lakh of people have enjoyed the concerts in different cities.
330 International Artists
Since its inception, 330 internationally acclaimed singers have performed with their troupes in Sur Jahan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Folk Safar – Dunes to Delta
Jaipur is a vibrant amalgamation of the old and the new. Also called the Pink City, The capital of the royal state of Rajasthan
The city of music, mingling cultures and traditions. Introduced to the city in 2011, Sur Jahan has completed 9 glorious years of being a unique peace concert. Bringing the message of peace and harmony through music and performances, Sur Jahan has evolved from being a concert to becoming a carnival. Creating a platform for dialogues, collaboration, folk art of Bengal to shine, Kolkata has embraced Sur Jahan with all its heart. The journey from Sufi Sutra to Sur Jahan has been travelled with local urban folk bands, musicians and performers of the city. The birth city of one of the major music festivals of India, Kolkata waits with bated breath for first weekend of February to arrive every year.
Known for this joyous music and colourful traditions, Sur Jahan has travelled to Goa with different partners. From 2015 to 2018, Sufi Sutra and later Sur Jahan, banglanatak dot com partnered with directorate of Art and Culture, Goa to bring the vibrancy and message of peace through joy to Goa. In 2019, International Centre of Goa became a partner to take the tradition of peace concert forward. The journey begins in Kolkata and travels to Goa in all its glory. The team of Goan musicians brings a different flavor to the stage and strengthens the connection with the audience. 5 editions of Sur Jahan have made it a prominent festival in Goa.
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.
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.
Muzsikas Folk Ensmeble, Hungary
I would like to express the feeling of Muzsikas members and our two guests, Istvan and Hanga. Back in Hungary after a few days we know that a miracle was what happened to us. The music was great, b
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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.
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.