Trinidad envoy ‘jams’ with Kashmiri Sufi band

September 15th, 2011 - 10:17 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) In a rare fusion, the Sufi Kinship, a Sufi music ensemble from Kashmir led by santoor maestro Bhajan Sopori and his son Abhay Rustum Sopori, performing here Thursday were joined by Trinidad and Tobago envoy Chandradath Singh, playing the steel drums.

The ensemble led by young Kashmiri vocalist Ragini Rainu, featured 35 musicians on violin, cello, santoor, guitars, saxophone and drums.

Bulk of the proceeds from the concert went to the “Borderless World Foundation”, which is working in Jammu & Kashmir since 2002 for the rehabilitation of the orphan girl children.

The organisation has four destitute homes with 130 girls.

“The ensemble is based on decades of experimentation on presentations of orchestras and ensemble,” said Bhajan Sopori, who had introduced the concept of folk music ensembles in India in mid-1970s. The legacy was carried forward by his son.

The father-son duo has brought about a change in the popular music in Jammu and Kashmir with their academy, the Sopori Academy of Music and Performing Arts, which believes in taking “music to the masses”.

The academy, which has trained several talented musicians and has revived old instruments, was presented the National Dogri Award by the state government.

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