SaMaPa Aalap Festival 2012 concludes



Jammu, February 14 (Scoop News) –  SaMaPa Aalap Festival 2012, the premium classical, Sufi and folk music festival of Jammu and Kashmir, concluded with the divine notes of Santoor of Music Legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori along with Abhay Rustum Sopori and Sufi vocal by Ragini Rainu at the newly setup Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Spiritual Growth Centre, Katra. The 7th Annual SaMaPa Aalap Festival was presented by the Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts (SaMaPa) in collaboration with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and Deptt. of Tourism, J&K.



The concert started with the traditional Lamp lighting ceremony by Dr. M.K. Bhandari, Addl. CEO SMVDSB, Sh. S.M. Sahni, Director SGC, Katra, Dr. Agrishekhar, eminent writer, Sh. P.C. Kanoch, Div. Mgr Engineering, SMVDSB along with Pandit Bhajan Sopori and Abhay Rustum Sopori. Dr. M.K. Bhandari presented Mata Chunnis to the performing musicians and guests seeking Shri Mata Vaishno Devi’s blessings. Programme began with the Sufi vocal by young Sufi songstress of the country Ragini Rainu who presented Baba Bulle Shah’s “Ke Bedarda Sangh Yari” and Kabir Bhajan “Ras Gagan Gufa” composed by Pt. Bhajan Sopori. She was brilliantly accompanied by Sachin Sharma on Tabla, Abid Hussain on Sarangi, Ustad Sajjad Ahmed on Harmonium and Kamal Sharma on Naal.  Ragini, who represents the Sufiana Gharana of Kashmir, demonstrated a strong base of classical gayaki embedded with fluency, aesthetics and expressions. Her exuberance and inimitable voice brought to life the ecstatic expression of Sufism, each rendition drowning the audience in the richness of this tradition and sending it into raptures.


This was followed by the concluding concert of the SaMaPa Aalap Festival 2012 featuring duet Santoor recital by the “Saint of the Santoor” and the “King of Strings” Pandit Bhajan Sopori and young Santoor Maestro & Music Composer Abhay Rustum Sopori. They presented Raga Patdeep with Aalap and Jod, and compositions in Ektaal and Teentaal. Pt. Sopori made the audience sing with him explaining the nuances of classical music. Abhay also sang the Bandish “Anhad Bajee Re”. The recital was filled with high degree of technical virtuosity combining highly intricate ‘layakari’, legendary ‘chandhkari’, speedy ‘taan’ patterns running through three octaves and a melodious ‘Alaap’. They were accompanied by Sachin Sharma on Tabla and Poushali Dutta on Tanpura. Biplab Kumar Dutta coordinated the proceedings of the concert.


Music Legend Pandit Bhajan Sopori said that he wants to touch the hearts of people through music and as such the concerts were organized at different venues reaching to thousands. He said that SaMaPa Aalap provides a musical healing touch and wishes to make J&K the cultural capital, as already announced by Abhay Sopori.  Earlier, Abhay expressed his gratitude to all who made the festival a success and supported the festival in different ways especially SMVDSB and J&K Tourism for its collaboration. He specially thanked HE Governor Sh. N.N. Vohra, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister Shri Tara Chand, Hon’ble Minister of State for Home and Tourism Sh. Nasir Aslam Wani, CEO SMVDSB Sh. Raj Kumar Goyal, Addl. CEO SMVDSB Dr. M.K. Bhandari and Commissioner Secretary Tourism Sh. Atal Duloo for being a part of the festival at different venues and blessing SaMaPa and the Aalap festival. He also thanked various institutes and centers who hosted the festival, Deptt. of Information, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, and all those who came forward in making the festival a success. He also thanked the entire Media fraternity for their support in taking the festival to millions across the world and making SaMaPa Aalap a referential festival of India. He said that the role and support of media has been vital in creating this cultural wave. This year the SaMaPa Aalap festival featured around 30 presentations at around 20 different venues.


SaMaPa Aalap Festival 2012 began on 28th January and vibrated the City of Temples for the next 17 days. Concerts were organized at various educational institutes and cultural centres of Jammu and various border areas like Khour, RS Pora, Rajori, etc. As part of the “Social Cultural Responsibility” of SaMaPa, the festival features Special concerts organized at the Ved Mandir, Amphalla for the young children of the orphanage, TRT Migrant Camp and also the Central Jail, Kotbhalwal, Jammu. SaMaPa has the credit of reviving the cultural scenario of the J&K State and is acclaimed as the Cultural Bridge of J&K and rest of the country. This year SaMaPa Aalap Festival reached to more than 35,000 people witnessing the festival. The 8th edition of the festival would be held in January 2013.