Phool Walon Ki Sair A MUSICAL FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS
Timings: Sat 14 Oct, 6.30pmTickets: £20, £15, £10
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Chhandam Centre & Jadavpur Alumni UK Present Phool Walon ki Sair a Musical Festival of Flowers, bringing communities together through music. This presentation is from 19th Century Delhi of The Last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. Written and directed by Professor Bhaskar Dasgupta.
Th theme for this show is based on the beautiful but relatively unknown story of Phoolwalon ki Sair which is a unique and beautiful celebration of friendship between all religions and communities.
When the son of Emperor Akbar Shah II, Mirza Jahangir, took a shot at British Resident Archibald Seton, for printing British coins without the Emperor’s image - it only dislodged his hat. The Resident had Mirza Jahangir exiled to Allahabad and Mumtaz Mahal, wife of the Emperor, vowed to lay flowers at the tomb of Khwaja Qutub-uddin Bakhtiar Kaki if her son returned from exile.
After Akbar Shah’s death, Bahadur Shah Zafar ascended the throne and started an annual festival of Phul Walon ki Sair. Every year flower–sellers in Mehrauli go in a procession from Devi Yogmaya’s temple through Mehrauli bazaar to the sufi shrine of Khwaja Bakhtiar Kaki carrying flowers ,chadars and pankhas (fans) made from palm leaves, tinsel and flowers. A concert based on classical bandishes, Kathak and Quawali takes place at the Emperor’s palace at Jahaz Mahal on the banks of the Shamsi Talab.
The entire story is told through a period play based in nineteenth century Mughal Delhi. The highlights are Hindustani classical music compositions and dance interspersed with poetry from Ghalib and dohas from Kabir.