Music lovers in Kolkata are in for a treat this weekend. For the first time in eastern India, a three day Sufi music festival will be taking place, with top Sufi musicians from eight countries performing free concerts. The festival is going to be more than just concerts though. It also includes music workshops during the day, food stalls, shops, and a Q&A corner where people can interact with the musicians.
What makes this event so special? Despite the growing popularity of Sufi music, most people still don't know a lot about it. This a rare opportunity to learn about Sufi music and the Sufi way of life. Sufism preserves the more spiritual and mystical aspects of Islam. The music is often used to transcend the physical realm into the spiritual one. (The Whirling Dervishes, who dance into meditative states, are an example of this).
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