Mysticism through Arts

This is an initiative of the Foundation for research students from around the world, keen on traditional Indian arts and the Spiritual thought. In this program by a combination of theoretical sessions and personal interactions with the exponents of Spiritual thought and artists associated with the traditions and their experiences at the shrines the students can imbibe and learn the various traditions associated with Mysticism.


Research and documentation forms the core of The Foundation’s activities. We seek to continuously study the various art forms related to Spiritual traditions, or those witnessing gradual decline for lack of awareness and mass attention. Through our various efforts, we aim to document these traditions for easy access by our future generations and bring these art forms in public domain to ensure their sustenance and growth.

Scholars from eminent academic institutions in India as well as other parts of the world have been motivated by the research oriented works of Ms. Manjari Chaturvedi, and have undertaken research on “Qawwali” and other related art forms as an intangible heritage, which needs further research and documentation.


Students and scholars from the Flame University, Pune have visited the Sufi Kathak Foundation in this connection and documented in detail, different aspects of Qawwali at the Nizamuddin Shrine. This was their first exposure to the Qawwali traditions as sung at the Dargah/Shrine and most of the students and the scholars are further engaged in research on this subject.


Mikko Vitamaki, a senior researcher from University of Helsinki, Finland also visited the Foundation for his ongoing research on various aspects of Indian Music, poetic traditions and Dance.


Research papers were presented by the students of Centre for Culture Media and Governance (CCMG), Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi on 2nd March, 2013 during the Seminar on ‘Understanding Qawwali – 2013’


Research paper was presented by the student of Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi during the Seminar on ‘Understanding Qawwali – 2013’ on 2nd March, 2013.


Research Papers were presented by the students of Department of History, Delhi University on 7th March, 2015 during the Seminar on “Understanding Qawwali – 2015”


Research Paper was also presented by research scholar of Cinema Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University on 7th March, 2015 during the Seminar on “Understanding Qawwali – 2015”


From the Foundation, efforts are made to impart information about our intangible heritage and traditions of music and dance to young students. The young minds carry the imprint of traditions and at the same time also learn to take pride in their culture. At a senior level we interact with students and instill courage in them to take up arts as a medium for their further specialization and to take the performing arts as a career.

MOTHERS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, New Delhi on 9th April, 2015

THE MANTHAN SCHOOL, NOIDA on 15th February, 2017

STEP BY STEP SCHOOL, New Delhi on 16th August, 2017

NIRMAL BHARTIA SCHOOL, Dwarka, New Delhi on 15th October, 2015


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