India Sports Equity Foundation organises a ‘Sufi’ evening

It was a sufi jugalbandi with a difference. The dramatis personae were two unusual protagonists -- Professor Madan Gopal, a sufi singer of international stature and giving him company, or rather competition, was Dr Valsan Thampu, Principal of St Stephan’s College. The result was a dhamal of music that suited the Holi fervour.

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Mar 22, 2010 11:09 AM Updated: Mar 22, 2010 11:09 AM
India Sports Equity Foundation organises a ‘Sufi’ evening

It was a sufi jugalbandi with a difference. The dramatis personae were two unusual protagonists -- Professor Madan Gopal, a sufi singer of international stature and giving him company, or rather competition, was Dr Valsan Thampu, Principal of St Stephan’s College. The result was a dhamal of music that suited the Holi fervour.

The function was organised by (ISEF) India Sports Equity Foundation, a sports initiative of (AIYAES) Alliance International and Youth Affairs and Education Society. The function was chaired by AIYAES’s Chairman Balraj Sethi. Chairman Kalinga Premium Cables and assisting him was the ISEF Chairman Gurdeep Singh Member Secretary Sports, Association of Indian Universities. The function started with an invocation by the noted Hindustani Classical Singer Dr. Gurinder Singh in her signature style of singing.

Not many would know the singing prowess of Dr Thampu. Prof. Madan Gopal began by paying tributes to the sufi maestro of yore Bulle Shah and Dr Thampu matched by a Malayali folk number laced in sufiana spirit. Prof Madan Gopal foxed his batch mate of seventies at Delhi University by rendering a few lines of a Malyali sufi kalaam that left the crowd at Rail Museum auditorium spell bound.

‘Starters’ were provided by a band of stalwarts of St Stephan’s College. Ramanji who represented India in the Para Olympics at Beijing performed the Tabla and Mayank who is visually blind performed on the Casio. Adding to the variety – like the colors of Holi – were a spirited group of children from Sarvodya Bal Vidyalya, Subhash Nagar.

Rajeeva Srivastava Former Secretary Youth Affairs and Sports Government of India and presently Advisor to the Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 addressed the audience and stressed on the fact that the Commonweath Games will do to India what the Tokyo Olympic did for Japan in 1964 and Beijing Olympics did for China in 2008.

Sanjeev Asthana, a Corporate Head Honcho stated that the youth have tremendous opportunity in the emerging India and amongst the various options which are available now is the pursuit of sports as a profession and a lot of passionate sports freaks are making this passion their profession.

The function was graced by the by who’s who of Delhi. Among the dignitaries present were Colonel Balbir Singh, the present National Hockey Team selector, Dr. Gurmeet Singh Proctor University of Delhi, Lt. Gen. Ashok Kapoor, ADG Games Village. CWG DELHI 2010, Harsh Kumar ADG Technology CWG Delhi 2010, the first EU Scholar Couple of India Sanjeev Roy and Tarika Roy (IRAS), Rajeev Sethi, President of AIYAES, Sardar Pritam Singh Founder Director Physical Education of Sports University of Delhi, Jamal & Sanna the only couple working in the Organising Committee of CWG Delhi 2010, Rajat Handa of Maruti and Dipti Handa of UNDP, Mithilesh Gupta of Longalf India, John Sims an American who have made India his home for 20 years.

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