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Bhakti, already articulated, acknowledged and practiced as one of the paths to attain truth and reach God in the Indian thought and spirituality came to occupy a centrality in the sub – continent about a millennium ago. Bhakti movements were carried across the sub-continent by Sufis, saints, minstrels, bards, and singers, providing solace and succor, peace and meditative moments to all who answered its call.

Just as Bhakti was plural and promoted the plurality of expression in art and music, in poetry and theatre, in dance and painting- the Bhakti Utsav is a three day festival of music, dedicated to Pt. Kumar Gandharva, celebrating diverse ways of reaching out and beyond. From Sanskrit chants to bhajans in folk and popular traditions, from Sufiana Qawwali to bauls and Dhrupad, from singing verses of Kabir, Sur, Tulsi, Meera, the saint poets of the North, to Carnatic devotional compositions, the utsav presents a truly bewildering variety, richness and intensity of music prevalent in many parts of contemporary India through its many voices and intonations, from individual prayer to community chants, cutting across all regions, sects, religions and faiths.
 
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