Classical singer Madhup Mudgal to sing in Morocco fest

June 10th, 2008 - 8:16 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) Hindustani classical vocalist Madhup Mudgal is all set to add an Indian flavour to Arabian-African music at the annual Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco. The singer will present devotional songs including shlokas from the Vedas, works of Meerabai, Kabir, Surdas, Tulsidas and Nanak, he says.

The Fes music festival, that brings together singers from all over the world, mainly from African-Arabic countries, began June 8.

“I have already been to the event in 1996-97. It is my first solo performance at the Morocco spiritual fest and it would be a purely Indian devotional one,” Mudgal told IANS here Tuesday.

He will be singing on the eve of the concluding day June 14 at the Batha Musuem in Morocco.

“Earlier, the event only had religious songs from Hinduism, Christianity and Islam, but now singers from other religions would also be participating,” he said.

The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music has collaborated with Bhakti Utsav, a festival of spiritual music organised by Delhi-based NGO Seher.

“It is a great opportunity for Indian artistes to be present among some of the best from Africa and the Arab countries. This exchange and collaborative effort will help Indian classical and rare folk traditions to reach newer heights in the long run,” said Sanjeev Bharagava, festival director, Seher.

“Imagine Fes reverberating to the sounds of Kabir, Tulsidas, Surdas and Nanakbani!”

He hopes that Delhi would also get to witness the magic of Arabian-African music if the Fes festival returns the gesture and sends its best artistes for the Bhakti Utsav next year.

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