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The three-day Harballabh Music Festival which is held at Jalandhar annually in the last week of December is one of the oldest classical music festivals of north India. It is renowned for the performance of all the ‘greats’ of Hindustani music, from Bhimsen Joshi to Zakir Hussain.
The shrine of the Sufi saint, Hazrat Imam Nasiruddin Abu Yusuf Chishti, dates back to the 15th century. He is believed to have come to Jalandhar in the 11th century from Iran. His fellow and contemporary pir, Baba Farid Ganj Shakar of PakPattan (Ajodhan, in present-day Pakistan) is said to have…
The Harballabh festival of classical music at Jalandhar in East Punjab is renowned in the world of Hindustani music as that rare site where all the ‘greats’ of Hindustani music first performed, prior to attaining international acclaim. From Bhimsen Joshi to Zakir Husain, all musicians hold the spot…