The International Sufi Rang Festival at Ajmer Sharif came to close earlier in the week with a ceremony. The festival brought together not just Sufi artists and calligraphers but also writers, senior journalists, well-known filmmakers and musicians of great repute.
The largest spiritual celebration of the Sacred Arts of Sufism in India, this year saw the 16th edition of the International Sufi Rang Festival (ISRF) to be hosted. Over 500 sacred Art works displayed and workshops conducted have been visited and witnessed by more than 350,000 people in past 7 days. It has evolved into a distinctive art exhibition over the years, bringing together renowned calligraphers, painters, curators, and visual artists from all over the country and other continents of the world.
The ISRF is conceived by Haji Syed Salman Chishty of Ajmer Sharif. It has been hosted and organised by Chishti Foundation for the past 16 years inside the 800-year-old majestic Sufi courtyard at Dargah Ajmer Sharif, known as Mahfil-e-Samaa Khana (spiritual audition hall).
Every year, the International Sufi Rang Festival honours Divine Love with sacred arts, calligraphic inscriptions, spiritual Sufi musical performances, poetry, conferences on Sufism, and debate for world peace, interfaith harmony, and national harmony.
The Festival has been promoting the pluralistic practises of the Chishti Sufi Order among its devotees and followers throughout India, South Asia, and different countries around the world. These practices are based on the fundamental Chishti principles and noble teachings of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti Gharib Nawaz (R.A), particularly "Love for all, malice towards none," and "Serving all Creations of God with Unconditional Love."
The final day of the 16th International Sufi Rang Festival (ISRF) in Ajmer Sharif was marked by extraordinary enthusiasm on the part of the distinguished Guests of Honour as well as the audience, which included academicians, scholars, writers, well-known Sufi artists, and calligraphers from about 40 states in India. There were also visual contributions from artists from 32 different countries who were of Arabic and Persian descent.