Dar­gah mes­merises one and all dur­ing Bas­ant Pan­chami

Deccan Chronicle - - City - J.S. IFTHEKHAR

Hazrat Shaikji Hali Dar­gah in the Old City area is all set to keep its date with Bas­ant Pan­chami.

The Dar­gah be­hind Urdu Sha­reef will res­onate with Su­fi­ana songs on Sun­day evening. For the fourth year in a row, the All In­dia Markazi Ma­jlis-e-Chis­tia is ob­serv­ing the Sufi Bas­ant fes­ti­val.

Con­nois­seurs of po­etry can take in com­po­si­tions of the leg­endary Amir Khus­rau at the Sama mehfil at 6.30 pm. Well-known qawwals Atiq Hu­sain Khan and Ghu­lam Hu­sain prom­ise to throw a spell with ghaz­als of the iconic poet-scholar. Sam­ple these lines:

Ch­hap ti­lak sab cheeni re Mose naina mi­lai ke Prem bhati ka mad­hva pi­lai ke

Mat­vali kar dini re mose naina mi­lai ke

(You’ve taken away my looks,

My iden­tity, with just a glance

By mak­ing me drink the wine of love-po­tion, You’ve in­tox­i­cated me with just a glance)

This tra­di­tion of Su­fis of the Chis­tia or­der ob­serv­ing Bas­ant fes­ti­val goes nearly 700 years back. It is said Hazrat Niza­mud­din Auliya was very up­set at the sud­den pass­ing away of his young nephew, Taqi­ud­din Nooh, and re­mained aloof for days to­gether. His ar­dent devo­tee, Amir Khus­rau, couldn’t bear the an­guish of his pir and wanted to do some­thing to cheer him up. One fine morn­ing he hap­pened to see some Hindu women dressed in bright spring colours singing and car­ry­ing flow­ers to the tem­ple. It was Bas­ant fes­ti­val. His en­quiries re­vealed that the god­dess would be happy when flo­ral of­fer­ings were made.

“Amir Khus­rau also thought of mak­ing sim­i­lar Bas­ant of­fer­ing to his pir. And when he did, Hazrat Niza­mud­din smiled see­ing his dis­ci­ple don­ning yel­low at­tire and a pa­gadi,” says Muzaf­far Ali Soofi, Sa­j­jada Nasheen of Dar­gah Hazrat Shaikji Hali.

See­ing his pir smile, Amir Khus­rau and oth­ers sang Per­sian and Hin­davi cou­plets in praise of spring. And the tra­di­tion con­tin­ues to this day. Bas­ant fes­ti­val was adopted by In­dian Mus­lims, par­tic­u­larly Su­fis of the Chisti or­der, in the 12th Cen­tury. “It is the best way to pro­mote so­cial har­mony and na­tional in­te­gra­tion,” says Soofi.

To mark the oc­ca­sion, the Hy­der­abad chap­ter of Intach is or­gan­is­ing a her­itage walk on Sun­day evening from Sahr-e-Batil ka­man near Gulzar Houz to the Dar­gah.

Intach con­vener Ms P. Anu­radha Reddy will ex­plain the ar­chi­tec­tural as­pects and her­itage value of the Dar­gah, which ear­lier bagged the Intach award.

In keep­ing with the colours of spring, the dar­gah is be­ing decked up with marigold flow­ers. The or­gan­is­ers want peo­ple to blend with the sea­son. An ap­pre­ci­ated dress code is given to those vis­it­ing the Dar­gah. They are re­quested to dress in yel­low kurta and put on a cap, head­band, scarf, tur­ban or shawl of the same colour. In case one can’t find a yel­low at­tire, the next best al­ter­na­tive is white.

Black and dark colours are not wel­come. Sep­a­rate ar­range­ments are be­ing made for women to en­joy the qawwalis.

The Hazrat Shaikji Hali Dar­gah in the Old City is be­ing decked up with marigold flow­ers.

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