Ratish Nanda, project director, Aga Khan Trust for Culture talks about the research behind the project
Is the ambit of the festival wider this time?
The festival is the culmination of five years of research, fieldwork, and documentation, on the musical legacy of Hazrat Amir Khusrau Dehlavi by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (ATKC). The research co-funded by Ford Foundation, will be disseminated not only through concerts but also lectures, exhibitions and heritage walks.
Khusrau was iconic to Delhi’s culture but do we know enough about him?
Khusrau was also at the vanguard of Hindustani culture, as we know it today; an icon whose fame spread way beyond Indian borders, he is revered in Iran and Tajikistan. This festival aims to get Delhi interested in him once again.
Do you plan to make this festival an annual feature?
A multi-venue, multi-programme festival such as this should ideally become an annual feature. For us at the ATKC , it will hopefully result in the setting up of a Khusrau centre.
The festival will give Delhi another venue: the amphitheatre that’s coming up in Sunder Nursery.
The garden amphitheatre at Sunder Nursery will hold its inaugural event on February 20. It can accommodate about 800 people. Apart from performances, it can be used for flower shows, seating visitors or as a lecture space.