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WINTER MAGIC IN DELHI!
See how winter makes our city’s numerous heritage, cultural and eccentric flavours into an even more attractive avaTAAR!!!
“फूल रही सरसों सकल बन, अम्बवा फूटे, टेसू फूले,
कोयल बोले डार-डार, और गोरी करत सिंगार,
निजामुदीन के दरवज़्ज़े पर, मलनियाँ गेंदवा ले आईं कर सों,
फूल रही सरसों सकल बन, फूल रही सरसों सकल बन ||”
(The fields are lush with yellow mustard blooms,
Mango buds open and the Flame of the Forest blooms,
Each branch echoes with the Koel’s melodies,
As the lovely maidens don their make-up,
And the gardener-women bring Marigolds to the doors of Nizamuddin,
The fields are lush with yellow mustard blooms)
Seven centuries ago, these words woven around soulful music, sung by Khwaja Amir Khusrau and his band of ‘Qawwal Bachchas’ (Qawwali Singers) rang out to celebrate the onset of Basant (Spring) and thus began a beautiful tradition observed world-over at Chishti Dargahs,….a true testimony to the Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb of India…
Sufi Basant is a 700+ years old legacy of Sufi music & celebrations coinciding with Basant Panchami (Hindu festival of Spring). which comes alive with exhilaration as the Qawwal Bachchas singing with high spirits, take you to another level of consciousness!!!
On the auspicious occasion of Sufi Basant this year, DelhiByFoot in association with Dargah Nizamuddin Aulia Trust brings to you this unique ‘Rasa’(flavour) of our lovely city….join us inside the holy courtyard of Dargah-e-Nizamuddin…immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind colourful celebration of spring in our city….delving deep into this 700-yrs old living tradition that celebrates life, nature’s bounty and above all the universal brotherhood of communities irrespective of religion…
Basanti (Yellow)…mustard, marigold and music….the lilting tunes of Amir Khusrau’s evergreen verses being sung in honour of ‘The Almighty’ and his ‘Pir’ (Master) Mehboob-e-Ilaahi Hazrat Sheikh Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya…and many tales of their eternal love and devotion will make this the perfect afternoon to say goodbye to Winter and welcome Spring!!!
THIS WALK IS ORGANISED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE DARGAH COMMITTEE AND NEEDS PRIOR REGISTRATIONS, TO REGISTER CLICK HERE
Beginning with stories of this unique festival and how it came about, stories of Khusrau and his ‘Khwaja Ji’, we will then join the musical procession of Qawwals (Sufi Qawwali Singers) as they go around the Basti alleys finally ending inside the holy courtyard of Dargah-e-Nizamuddin Auliya….where the air is heavy with the smell of Ittar (Indian flower extracts’-based perfumes) and the robust tunes of the Harmonium, Tabla & Dhol ring out in the skies….as you also join in the singing of special ‘Basant Ki Qawwalis’….verses of spring colours, of love, of new cycle of seasons and new hopes….we get a special chance to offer flowers & chaddars and finally with surprise takeaways of this unique taste and everlasting memories of this syncretic celebrations of Delhi’s historical & cultural roots, we will leave the Dargah!!!
THE COMPLETE EVENT WILL BE CONDUCTED IN ENGLISH & IF NECESSARY IN URDU/HINDI.
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DAY/DATE: Wednesday, 29th JAN, 2:30PM-6:30PM
MEETING POINT: Dargah Nizamuddin (EXACT ADDRESS WILL BE SENT AFTER REGISTRATION)
Children below 14 yrs are STRICTLY NOT allowed.
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From a millennia when the ground shook to the resounding beat of thousands of horses being led into battle by medieval-era Rajput chieftain Prithviraj Chouhan, to being the capital city of the significant Mamluk (Slave) Dynasty of India who built the Qutub Minar in Mehrauli, through the Mughals to the British revenge of 1857 and till the painful upheavals of partition in 1947…..Mehrauli has seen it all !!!
Mehrauli, as recorded in various sources on Delhi’s history, is surely the oldest, continuously inhabited area of our glorious city and has been the mute witness of the rise and fall of all dynasties and empires in Delhi for nearly a 1000 years.
DelhiByFoot will take you on a tryst with ancient royalty, a melting-pot of cultures, painful destruction & the peaceful calm of spiritual masters of yore….
Feel a ‘time-machine’ like experience as you walk through multiple layers of history that co-exist peacefully in this jumbled-up mass of narrow streets, bazaars & monuments. Add a zing to your step as you pick up raw tobacco for a Hubble-Bubble (Hookah/Sheesha) or buy a newly sharpened hunter’s knife from one of the shops in the colourful Mehrauli bazaars. Or take a quick dip into the pool of Sufi mystical spiritual teachings of “Humanity” giving some clues to maybe what’s the secret of Mehrauli’s legendary endurance and how it sustained itself without any of the numerous empires ever abandoning it!
The story-telling sessions will be done in English.
DATE & TIME: 9 AM, Sunday,12th Jan 2020
MEETING POINT: Opp. Mehrauli DTC Bus Terminal. Once you reach please call us @ 9650515135
DISCOUNT: Children aged below 8 years are allowed free while ages 9 till 14 pay 50%. We accept only 50% of our normal fees if enthusiastic Senior Citizens aged 60 & above join us.
BEST WAY TO REACH: Take the Metro till Qutb Minar on the Yellow Line (Gurgaon-Jahangirpuri Track), cross MG Road & then take an Autorickshaw (Rs 50) or Park your cars at Qutb Minar complex & take an Autorickshaw (Rs 30). DTC buses also run from all parts of Delhi to Mehrauli Bus Terminal
GOOGLE MAPS: https://goo.gl/maps/KTVt57KWJgF2
ESSENTIALS TO WEAR & CARRY:
1- All participants should carry something to cover their heads, so be it dupattas, scarves, handkerchiefs etc for the entry to Dargah.
2- Dress conservatively to respect religious sentiments of the people in the area.
3- Our city is choking on plastic waste, so we hope you will avoid buying branded bottled water off the streets & instead bring your own bottle of drinking water.
4- Do wear a good pair of easy-to-remove walking shoes or flip-flops.
5- Kindly avoid carrying too many valuable items with you.
WALK FACILITATOR/LEADER NAME:
Mohd. Mehtab, a 7th generation resident of Old Delhi, is a heritage conservation & community-projects activist, working to create awareness and a sense of pride in the shared ownership of Old Delhi’s rich cultural & historical legacy among residents of his locality. For past 5 years, as a senior walk facilitator, he has curated all DelhiByFoot projects on themes of Sufism, Mughal Delhi and Urdu literature.
FOR ANY CLARIFICATIONS CALL +91 987118175