Sangam Festival announces headline musical acts

Tehseen Sakina

A world-class programme of South Asian music performers will be appearing as part of this year’s ground-breaking Sangam Festival (18 July – 17 August).

Two headline musical events, one of which is a first in the UK, will take place at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield on 27 and 28 July as part of the exciting festival programme.

Sufi singer, Tahseen Sakina will make her debut in the UK at a special performance on Wednesday 27 July at the theatre. Tahseen is the pupil of renowned Sufi music singer Abida Parveen and like her has dedicated her life to classical music.

Tahseen specialises in Ghazal, thumri, khyal, qawwali, raag, Sufi Rock, classical and semi-classical music.

She will be supported by Qawal musician Awais Aziz Mian, the grandson of renowned Qawal musician Aziz Mian, at the exclusive event later this month.

Thursday 28 July will then see Manchester singer, songwriter and guitarist Usman Farooqi host a Ladies Night in the Syngenta Cellar at the LBT.

At this exclusive ladies-only event, the soulful singer will take guests on a romantic journey to Bollywood. There will also be a prize draw on the night to win an exclusive dinner with the man himself at a local restaurant.

Further Sangam Festival musical treats include Qawwali in the Lawrence Batley Theatre Courtyard on 11 August.

Qaisar Mahmood, CEO of Communities Together and Radio Sangam, said: “We are delighted to confirm such exceptional acts as part of this year’s festival and thrilled to welcome Tahseen for her first-ever live performance in the UK. Having such high-profile performers on board really establishes Sangam as a leading festival in the region and enables people from Kirklees and beyond to experience their amazing talent.”

What is Sufi music?
Sufi music refers to the devotional music of the Sufis, inspired by the works of Sufi poets like Rumi, Hafiz, Bulleh Shah, Amir Khusrow, and Khwaja Ghulam Farid. Qawwali is the best-known form of Sufi music and is most commonly found in the Sufi culture in South Asia.
Usman Farooqi

Tickets are now on sale for these events and can be purchased through the theatre’s website – https://www.thelbt.org/

Sangam Festival: A Celebration of South Asian Heritage is run by Huddersfield-based social enterprise Communities Together. The second festival will run across Kirklees from 18 July – 17 August 2022 to coincide with South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM). Its diverse programme of events includes venue-based, outdoor, and digital activities celebrating South Asian heritage, arts, and culture – from film, music, dance, themed walks, and family events to talks, workshops and oral history projects.

Information about the wider Festival and the full programme can be found at: https://sangamfestival.co.uk/

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