Sama’a: The Mystic Ecstasy
Sama’a: The Mystic Ecstasy
“Sama’a: The Mystic Ecstasy, is a festival of Sufi music organised by the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA). The festival embodies the values of Sufism and emphasises the use of music to deepen one’s relationship with the Creator and attain spiritual transcendence through Sama’a, the Sufi practice of listening to music, chanting, and whirling.
The festival was launched in 2009 and the 11th edition of Sama’a: The Mystic Ecstasy features highlights such as Rangreza: A Musical Presentation Based on Sufi Poetry, An Ode to Rumi: A Presentation Based on the Poetry of Mevlana Rumi by Kabir Bedi, Rumiyana: A Journey Within, and Within: Songs of the Sacred by Sonam Kalra & the Sufi Gospel Project.
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How to Get There
How to Reach Mumbai
1. By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly known as Sahar International Airport, is the primary international airport serving the Mumbai metropolitan area. It is situated about 30 km from the main Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) train station. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji has two terminals. Terminal 1, or the domestic terminal, was the old airport referred to as Santa Cruz Airport, and some locals still use this name. Terminal 2, or the international terminal, replaced the old terminal 2, formerly known as Sahar Airport. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 km from the international airport. There are regular direct flights to Mumbai from most major cities in India and across the world. Buses and cabs are easily available from the airport to reach desired destinations.
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2. By Rail: Mumbai is very well connected to rest of India by train. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the most popular station in Mumbai. Trains to Mumbai are available from all major railway stations in India. Some important Mumbai trains of note are the Mumbai Rajdhani, Mumbai Duronto, and Konkan Kanya Express.
3. By Road: Mumbai is well-connected with national highways and expressways. Visiting by bus is economical for individual tourists. Government-run and private buses operate daily services. Travelling to Mumbai by car is a common choice made by travellers, and hailing a cab or hiring a private car is an efficient way of exploring the city.
- Free drinking water
- Parking facilities
- Sanitiser booths
- Socially distanced
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Carry summer clothes to beat the humidity.
2. Sandals, flip flops, sneakers (perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or boots (but make sure they are worn in). You need to keep those feet tappin’. On that note, carry a bandana or a scrunchie to avoid accidents with your fellow festival-goers.
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
About National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)
National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)
Inaugurated in 1969, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, was “the…
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