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.
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
Sur Jahan 2023 was held at Golf Green Central Park on 3-5 Feb by banglanatak dot com in collaboration with Golf Green Central Committee. Being a World Peace Music Festival, Sur Jahan upheld the motto of “Music for all; Music for Peace” and successfully celebrated global cultural diversity through music.
In Sur Jahan, along with presentations of world music, folk musical instruments were also played and showcased. Madagan, the folk music band from the North of Ireland presented their fusion music, which is a classic blend of traditional and contemporary English and Irish musical styles. Their music was accompanied by folk musical instruments, Uilleann Pipes (UNESCO recognised intangible asset) and Concertina, a free reed musical instrument. Mawlaiyah of Egypt captivated the audience with their dervish music and dance led by Amer Eltony and accompanied by their swirling dervish dance & traditional musical instrument like Qanun.
Leelabali, led by Saira Banu, showcased a colourful performance of traditional muslim wedding songs and dance which is only practised in the border region of Nadia Murshidabad. Qawwals of Jalangi, led by Chhote Golam, performed Bangla Qawwali, a variant of Baul Fakiri music, a musical genre revived by the Qawwals of Nadia and Murshidabad. Mirs of Rajasthan, performed at this festival in 2011 and returned this year. Mirs, residing in the western part of Rajasthan, presented their Sufi and Qawwali songs in Saraiki language. Rangamatir Baul led by Rina Das Baul from Birbhum’s Santiniketan, a renowned music group who performed in last year’s WOMEX, enchanted the audience with their Baul music and that was the inaugural performance in Sur Jahan 2023. The festival also presented Darbari Jhumur by Rarh Darbar led by Arpita Chakroborty and Bengal’s folk music by Folks of Bengal, an ensemble of urban folk musicians residing in Kolkata. The festival concluded with the Grand Finale, a musical collaboration where all the music bands and teams participated and showcased a musical presentation transcending the barriers of language and boundaries.
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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.