Sur Jahan
Kolkata, West Bengal

Sur Jahan

Sur Jahan

Sur Jahan, earlier known as Sufi Sutra, is an annual three-day world peace music festival organised by Banglanatak dot com. It was established in 2011 and carries the motto “Music for Peace, Music for All”. After a COVID-induced hiatus of two years, it is back again in Kolkata this year in February at the Golf Green Central Park. In the last two years however, a smaller version of the festival called Folk Safar featuring Indian acts was held in order to rebuild the confidence of artists in West Bengal and Rajasthan. 

Since its launch, the Sur Jahan festival has travelled to cities like Panjim (2015 to 2020), New Delhi (2012, 2013, 2015, & 2019), Jaipur (2020), Patna (2014) and Dhaka (2014). Being a non-ticketed festival, it is open to music lovers from all parts of the country and has been termed as a “people’s festival” by the media worldwide. 

Till now, over 50 performing groups from 32 countries have performed at the festival. Sweden’s Ale Moller, Senegal’s Cheikh Lo, Reunion Island’s Danyel Waro and Cape Verde’s Mario Lucio are just a few of the acts that have played previous editions. 

The artist line-up this year include the band Mawlawyiah from Egypt, Madagán from Northern Ireland, the group Leelabali led by SairaBanu—singer from Murshidabad, West Bengal, Rangamatir Baul led by Rina Das Baul from Santiniketan, the Qawwals of Jalangi led by ChhoteGolam, the Mirs of Rajasthan led by Mir Basu Khan, Rarh Darbar led by Arpita Chakraborty and Folks of Bengal—an initiative led by banglanatak dot com MusiCal. 

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Artist Line-up

Other Artists:
Madagán - Northern Ireland Madagán is a folk music band from Belfast in Northern Ireland. The band is pioneer in using contemporary music with traditional melodies in both English and Irish and creates a musical landscape that transcends time and boundaries. The band uses some traditional instruments like the Uilleann pipes (a UNESCO intangible asset) and Concertina. The band has performed internationally
in Europe and India. They have also done collaborations with Indian musicians
in West Bengal (2017) and Goa (2019). Madagán was awarded by the Arts council of Northern Ireland/ British council in 2019 and Travel Award in the year 2017. Jason O Rourke is coming with his 4 member band. Leelabali- SairaBanu Indian weddings are known for their extravagant
gorgeous and over the top celebrations. Another feature of a traditional wedding is that they are multi-tiered
meaning various occasions take place before the actual wedding. To celebrate these multiple occasions like haldi
it is a custom for the women of the family to celebrate it through different songs and music. But with time and influence of the modern portrayal of weddings through cinema
the traditional wedding songs faded away. SairaBanu
a known singer from Murshidabad
resident of Chua Village in Hariharpara
preserved traditional wedding songs. She has been teaching this to young girls and women and passing the tradition of performing these marriage songs. The songs cover the emotions connected with the wedding like teasing the bride
welcoming the groom and bidding farewell to the daughter of the house. Rangamatir Baul - Rina Das Baul Baul is both music and a philosophy celebrating the essence of universal love. Rina Das Baul is one of the most respected and renowned female Baul singer from Santiniketan. Belonging from a Baul family
Rina learned Baul music from her grandfather when she was a child. Rina has travelled far and wide to national and global destinations and presented her music. In October 2022
Rina and her team RangamatirBaul performed at WOMEX
the highest World Music platform
held at Lisbon in Portugal. They have also performed across India and abroad including in Brittany festival in France
Urkult Festival in Sweden. They collaborated with international artists like Casey Drissen from USA
ThommyWahlstorm& Robert Wahlstorm of Sweden
and OtavaYo led by Alexey Belkin. Rina is now actively involved in transmitting their folk music heritage to the local children. The other members of her team are Dibakar Das Baul (Vocal
BamaprasadSingha (vocalist and a master Dubki player)
Purnendu Das (Khamak&Dotara player) and Khokan Das (internationally acclaimed Dhol and Khol player). Qawwals of Jalangi- ChhoteGolam Bangla Qawwali
a variant of BaulFakiri music
is a genre which is majorly influenced by Sufism. A resident of Jalangi in Murshidabad
ChoteGolam is one of the most talented and popular Bangla Qawwali singers. He was initially trained by his father FakirAlimuddinMondal. Subsequently
he was introduced to Bangla Qawwali by his Guru Abdur Rashid Sarkar of Bangladesh. ChhoteGolam and his team have performed across India
including New Delhi
Goa and Bangalore. ChhoteGolam has also performed internationally. Mirs of Rajasthan - Mir Basu Khan Mirs are musicians of north western Rajasthan. Mirs sing Sufi &Qawwali songs in Saraiki and Urdu language. The word Mir is derived from the word Mir-I-Alam
meaning ‘My Knowledge’. It is believed that they were the Qualdars (Qawwali group) of Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani’s Darga in Baghdad
Iraq. Mir Basu Khan is a folk musician from the Mir community of Pugal in Bikaner. He sings in the rare Sindhi Saraiki language and plays harmonium. His repertoire is inspired from Meera
Bulleh Shah
Amir Khusroo and KhwajaGhulamFarid and many more. He has performed at various local and national events including first edition of Sufi Sutra (now Sur Jahan) in 2011
IFA events
Rajasthan KabirYatra
Jodhpur RIFF
Folk Music festival at Habitat Centre in New Delhi etc. Rarh Darbar – Arpita Chakraborty Jhumur is a lifestyle folk music of West Bengal found mostly in the districts of Bankura and Purulia One of the special characteristics of Jhumur songs is its strong rhythmic component. The post-Chaitanya era saw the merging of colloquial Jhumur with classical forms and Kirtan tunes
leading to the development of DarbariJhumur and courtly dance practices performed under royal patronage. The main contents of DarbariJhumur genre are love of Radha-Krishna and is an influence of Bhaktitatva of Vaishnavism. Arpita Chakraborty is an eminent folk singer from Bankura
now residing in Kolkata. She learnt Jhumur music from her father and also did her PhD on Jhumur. While her Darbari Jhumur style is influenced by the great singer Late Salabat Mahato of Purulia
but she has evolved a unique presentation format and that makes her one of the most popular folk singers of West Bengal. Folks of Bengal Folks of Bengal is an initiative of banglanatak dot com MusiCal for promoting the folk traditions of Bengal through linking the urban folk singers/ musicians to the rural traditional masters. The ensemble of the eminent traditional folk singers and musicians of Kolkata takes the audience on a journey through the traditional music stream of Bengal in experimental soundscape using traditional folk instruments
celebrating the diversity and richness of Bengal's folk culture. Along with traditional folk songs
the group will present original compositions. The ensemble consists of Dipannita Acharya
Debalina Bhowmick
Deepmoy Das
Subhadeep Guha
Joysankar Choudhury
Pranesh Som
in Vocals; Tarun Chaudhury & Subhrakamal Chattopadhyay in Flute; Sandip Ganguly (Piu) in leather percussion
Tanmoy Pan in percussion and Arpan Thakur Chakraborty in Dotara & other string instruments.

How to Get There

How to Reach Kolkata

1. By Air: The Kolkata international airport, better known as the Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, is located at Dumdum. It connects Kolkata with all the major cities of the country as well as the world.

2. By Rail: The Howrah and Sealdah railway stations are the two major railheads situated in the city. Both these stations are well connected to all the important cities in the country.

3. By Road: The West Bengal state buses and various private buses travel to and from different parts of the country at a reasonable cost. Some places near Kolkata are Sunderbans (112 km), Puri (495 km), Konark (571 km) and Darjeeling (624km).

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How to Reach Goa

1. By Air:
Goa’s Dabolim Airport handles both domestic and international flights. Terminal 1 handles all domestic flights coming into Goa from major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Lucknow, Kolkata and Indore. All Indian carriers have regular flights operating to Goa. Once you get out of the airport, you can hire a taxi or arrange for a pick up to your destination. The airport is around 26 km from Panaji.

2. By Rail: There are two main train stations in Goa, Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama. From New Delhi, you can catch the Goa Express to Vasco-da-Gama, and from Mumbai, you can take the Matsyagandha Express or the Konkan Kanya Express, which will drop you at Madgaon. Goa enjoys extensive rail connectivity with the rest of the country. The route is a soothing journey that takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Western Ghats.

3. By Road: Two major highways take you into Goa. If you’re travelling to Goa from Mumbai or Bengaluru, you will have to follow the NH 4. It is the most preferred way into Goa as it is wide and well-maintained. The NH 17 is the shortest route from Mangalore. The drive to Goa is a scenic route, especially during the monsoon. You can also catch a bus from Mumbai, Pune or Bengaluru. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) run regular buses to Goa.


How to Reach Jaipur

1. By Air: Air travel to Jaipur is the most convenient way to reach the city. The Jaipur airport is located at Sanganer, which is 12 km from the heart of the city. It has both international and domestic terminals and is well connected to most of the cities across the globe, with a number of airlines operating on a regular basis. Popular carriers like Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Air India, IndiGo and Oman Air have daily flights to Jaipur. Flights to international cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Sharjah and Dubai are also connected from this airport.

2. By Rail: You can travel to Jaipur by trains such as Shatabdi Express, which is air-conditioned, very comfortable and connects Jaipur to many important Indian cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jammu, Jaisalmer, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Haridwar, Bhopal, Lucknow, Patna, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Goa. Some of the popular trains are the Ajmer Shatabdi, Pune Jaipur Express, Jaipur Express and Adi S. J. Rajdhani. Also, with the advent of the Palace on Wheels, a luxury train, you can now enjoy the royal splendour of Jaipur even when you are on the move.

3. By Road: Taking a bus to Jaipur is a pocket-friendly and convenient option. The Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) runs regular Volvo (air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned) and deluxe buses between Jaipur and other cities within the state. When in Jaipur, you can board the bus from Narayan Singh Circle or the Sindhi Camp bus stand. There is a regular service of buses from New Delhi, Kota, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Vadodara and Ajmer.

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