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Bridging cultures with music

DNMUM400585 | 11/12/2017 | Author : Yogesh Pawar | WC :617

Israeli poet and musician Shye Ben Tzur, who will perform at Sama’a, a Sufi music festival, tells Yogesh Pawar that a visit to the Ajmer Sharif Dargah was a turning point in his life

chance visit to Rajasthan’s Sufi shrine Ajmer Sharif, years ago, had Israeli poet, composer and singer Shye Ben Tzur hooked. “It was like the centre of my life had shifted to the spiritual atmosphere of the dargah and the music of the qawwals there. Once I got hooked, the joy of sinking deeper and deeper into it was too good to come out of,” says Tzur. “This was not about taking a plunge and coming out with a fistful of elements to embellish my music with. This was more like a lifelong bond, which has grown from deep within my being.”
It was in Ajmer that the Tzur got acquainted with
Rajasthan’s various folk genres. “I was enchanted with some of these and began to work with them given how lively, passionate and upliftin
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