Hindustani Sufi Concert by Rekha Surya

Dr. Mike Ghouse   May 19, 2019   Comments Off on Hindustani Sufi Concert by Rekha Surya

Classical Hindustani Sufi Concert
Ghazal ki Ek Rangeen Sham
Washington DC – 8/10/19
Dallas, TX – -8/17/19


Award-winning singer and composer Rekha Surya

I am pleased to ask you to consider participating in the Rekha Surya Hindustani Sufi Concert with your heart, mind and the soul.

Tentatively, I have listed a few names and yours may not be on the list. If you please confirm, delete or add your name and number for DFW and DMV fliers. I further request you to suggest a place to hold the concert, sound system, and a tabla player. Please advise if we should have dinner/ refreshments and prior to the event.  Fliers will be made after we have all the confirmations.

The event will be posted on Facebook, Linked-in, Eventbrite, Desi tickets and other media.

Please mark your calendars;

Saturday, 7:00 PM, August 10, Washington, DC.
Venue: TBD

Saturday, 7:00 PM, August 17, Dallas, TX
Venue: TBD

Organized by: The Center for Pluralism, a non-profit organization committed to building a cohesive America. Details at www.CenterforPluralism.com

We appreciate the sponsorships:

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Supported by: NCAIA in DC

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Supported by : Hindi Samiti and Urdu Ghar in Dallas.


  1. Pavan Bezwada
  2. Suresh Gupta
  3. Renu Misra
  4. Zafar Iqbal
  5. Keerthi Swamy
  6. Raj Saini
  7. Pinki
  8. Anjana



  1. Nishi Bhatia
  2. Amer Suleman
  3. Sanjeev Gupta
  4. Shazia Khan
  5. Sanjeev Sharma
  6. Yusuf Kundawala
  7. Taher Ali
  8. Chander Monga
  9. Shiraz Mithani
  10. Showkat Mohammad
  11. AG Chini
  12. Raja Khanzada

The place will be announced shortly.

Information about Rekha is here below.

A Great Artist with All India Radio and Doordarshan, Rekha Surya is empaneled by Indian Council of Cultural Relations in the Established Artist category.

Karmaveer Puraskaar Award Citation 2012:

A practitioner of the Lucknow Gharana of north Indian music, Rekha Surya has sung at prestigious venues in India and abroad. She perpetuates the legacy of her legendary guru Begum Akhtar. She also honed her skills under the tutelage of another legend, Girija Devi of the Benaras Gharana, integrating both styles of singing into an individualistic style.

The infusion of spirituality into an essentially romantic genre is a unique part of her repertoire. The ancient literary traditions she draws from having both South Asian Muslim and Hindu cultural references. Her in-concert explanations demystify medieval mystical poetry.

Website: www.rekhasurya.com

Interview with Rajya Sabha TV’s show Shaksiyat:

Excerpts from reviews:

“Rekha Surya sang to a packed hall. Rekha belongs to the Begum Akhtar tradition, having studied under the Begum and followed that hypnotic inheritance with a great gift. Her voice is deep and resonant and her pronunciation has the same savor as the Begum’s – a sense of hopelessness and despair.”
-The Indian Express
“Begum Akhtar left the stamp of her genius on Rekha Surya.”
– Khushwant  Singh
(Singer and her Song – The Tribune)
“Rekha Surya enthralled. Her audience was spellbound by her Hori, Kajri, Jhoola, and Dadra, interspersed with Ghazal. She was sometimes sprightly, sometimes melancholy, always poignant.”

-The Bombay Times
“In today’s world of mediocre and diluted ghazal-singing, what a pleasure it was to hear Begum Akhtar’s youngest student Rekha Surya sing Ghazal in its authentic form.”
-Deccan Chronicle
“Rekha Surya’s rich voice and passionate music evoke an exotic image of a bygone era.”
-The Statesman
“Rekha Surya’s special mark is that she treats Ghazal as an allied form of Thumri and presents it alongside Thumri and Dadra, keeping Begum Akhtar’s legacy alive.”
-The Hindustan Times
“Rekha Surya is a talent to behold. Rarely does one find such confluence of restraint and abandon, discipline and playfulness, nerve-tingling sensuality and a near-sacred dedication to the Indian art of vocal exposition. Her voice has a presence. Raw and earthy, it announces itself. Her handling of rhythm is superb. ”
-Baltimore Sun
“The sensuous and the sublime become one when Rekha Surya sings Sufi poetry. Her enunciation of lyrics has astonishing clarity.”
-The Asian Age
“Rekha Surya sings Ghazal in the traditional style of Lucknow Gharana. She resembles her guru Begum Akhtar yet is unique.”
-The Hindu

I will be adding some of her popular ghazals 

Mike Ghouse, President
Center for Pluralism
Washington DC
(214) 325-1916

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