A Mystical Evening with Saieen Zahoor

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On Friday June 20, VIBC, Darpan Magazine, and Swaraj Radio 96.1 hosted an amazing evening with mystical Sufi singer Saieen Zahoor at the Aria Banquet and Convention Centre in Surrey.

More than 400 people attended this very special event, which was MC’d by Lady B (Bali K. Deol), and included a reception, dinner, and lots of dancing! Vancouver artist Raju Johal opened for Saieen Zahoor, who was accompanied by musicians Karnveer Bhuller, Rayman Bhuller, Coach Sandhu, Kal Mattu, and Bruce Harding.

Zahoor is known worldwide for his mesmerizing music and magnetic presence onstage. Through his childhood in Pakistan, he mainly sang in dargahs (Sufi tombs/shrines), on the streets, and in festivals. In 2006, he received the prestigious BBC World Music Award, and has since performed in the UK, Japan, Ireland, India, Canada, and Norway. Just three weeks ago (May 31, 2014), as part of the City of Bhangra Festival, he performed at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, where he received no fewer than four standing ovations for his enchanting renditions of the devotional poetry of Rumi and Bulleh Shah.

VIBC, Darpan Magazine, and Swaraj Radio are thrilled to have come together to host this compelling artist in intimate mehfil style. Thank you to everyone who attended this magical night!

Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC)

99% volunteer-powered, and 100% dedicated to creating an inclusive community for all through the celebration and joy of bhangra, VIBC is a not-for-profit organization now in its 10th year. Besides presenting its annual City of Bhangra Festival, featuring hundreds of local and international bhangra artists in dozens of dynamic performances for thousands of audience members, VIBC also fosters community engagement throughout the year bybuilding partnerships with other cultural organizations, supporting local arts initiatives, and creating educational opportunities for youth. The nature of bhangra—from its roots to its contemporary expression in Vancouver and around the world—has always supported connectivity across and between individuals and communities, space and time, genders and cultures.In every aspect of its innovative programming, VIBC strives to share the spirit of love, generosity, celebration, and inclusivity that is the bhangra movement. www.vibc.org

Darpan Magazine

A pioneer in South Asian media, Darpan Magazine has been a leader and trendsetter in the Canadian market since 2004. Recognized as the premier South Asian publication, DARPAN provides definitive coverage of the fastest growing ethnic market in Canada: South Asians. The publication primarily serves South Asians who originate from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and other parts of the globe, but have roots in the Indian sub-continent, such as Fiji, England, and Africa. Darpan also appeals to the mainstream populace—Canadians of non-South Asian heritage—who not only have an interest in the South Asian lifestyle, but want to read in-depth, thought-provoking editorial within a gorgeous, high-end glossy publication. www.darpanmagazine.com

Swaraj Radio 96.1

Swaraj is an old Sanskrit word meaning “self rule,” and ruling the airwaves is what Lady B does best. One of the hottest exports from Britain since tea, Lady B has become a household name over the last fifteen years. Listeners of all ages tune in to Swaraj Radio 96.1FM 1-3 PM for their daily dose of entertainment, news, and more. With her distinct voice and unique style of hosting, Bali K. Deol (aka Lady B), has made a home for herself in the heart of BC’s Punjabi community. Her show, Swaraj, is a fast-paced, professionally produced program that pays homage to Punjab and is dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Punjabi heritage. www.swarajradio.com

Photo by Raymond Kam

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