The young Sufi singer of India from Jammu, Ragini Rainu got the honour of presenting the first ever Sufi music recital at the Country’s top most festival—Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh at Varanasi.
The five day long over night festival is the Country’s calendar music festival, which has featured the great Indian classic music for decades.
People form various parts of the country and abroad attended the festival to listen some of the best musicians of India including Pt Bhajan Sopori (Santoor), Pt Rajan-Sajan Mishra (Vocal), Pt Birju Maharaj (Dance), Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (Veena), Abhay Rustum (Santoor) and many others.
Ragini expressed her gratitude to Mahant Veer Bhadra Mishra and Dr Vishwambhar Nath Mishra for bestowing upon her the honour to present the first ever Sufi music recital at this great festival.
She commenced her recital with Baba Bulleshah’s ‘Ke Bedarada Sang Yari, Rovan Akhian’, Meera’s ‘Mero Maan Raam Hi Raam’ and Kabir’s ‘Raas gagan Gufa’ and concluded with the traditional composition of Amir Khusroo ‘Chap Tilak Sab Chini Re’.
Ragini represents the Sufiana Gharana of Kashmir and sings primarily the structured Sufi Ang and also Ghazals and poetic Kafi genres.
With her individualistic style and a rich repertoire of compositions from her Guru, she is the rightful heir to the legacy of Sufi music. Singing raw and robust, her exuberance and inimitable voice brings to life the ecstatic expression of Sufism, each rendition drowning the audience in the richness of this tradition and sending it into raptures.