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Mystic Goes Pop.Neo-Sufism: Jahan-e-Khusrau at Humayun Tomb becomes a big hit Going by the august line-up of participants, this "gathering for peace" was impressive: whirling dervishes from Turkey, Abdul Karim Al-Kably's group of musicians from Sudan, Mahsa Vahdat and others from Iran, Sultana Choudhuri with Bauls from Bangladesh, Nurul Hasan Qawwal from Awadh, Samandar Manganiar from Rajasthan, Ghulam Nabi Namtahali from Kashmir and the two leading popular divas of the subcontinent-Abida Parveen from Pakistan and our own Shubha Mudgal.
-S. Kalidas, INDIA on Jahan-e-Kusrau, 25 March 2002

Samundar Khan and his troupe recreated the beauty of the Thar desert at the event. They started with the magnificent Kesariya Balam Aavoni. The singers brought alive the majesty inherent in the song, and the audience was left spellbound. The troupe then rendered two songs called Rani Kutchi Bai and Amrit Bol. Here they were accompanied by Kathak dancer Anurag Verma, and it turned out to be an unparalleled duet between the Manganiyar maand style of singing and the Jaipur gharana’s Kathak dance. With their inimitable style of singing and unique playing of the dholak, khamaycha and khartaal, they literally created magic.
- Deccan Herald on ‘Basant Utsav’ by AIR; 27 February, 2012

The Manganiar music troupe from Rajasthan opened a new world of music to listeners. Samunder Manganiar…danced to the tunes with the unique kartaal - the clapping equipment that is a specialty of Manganiar music. The whole audience danced with him.
- SRUTI March 2012, on ‘Keremane Shambhu Hegde National Natyotsav’

JNICC presented ‘Sampravaahi’, a performance of Manganiar’s from Rajasthan and Kathak from Jaipur that was held at the Usmar Ismail Hall on Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said on 27 March 2011.…singing genius Samandar Khan and danseuse Anurag Verma lead this melodic and captivating ensemble…Sampravaahi was a rainbow of colours…..Khan and his troupe swayed the Jakarta audience…with his magical voice and amazing yet cheeky expressions while clacking away on a pair of Khartals (castanets)….. infectious beat that grew on the audience immediately.
- Rosemarie John in The Jakarta Post on ‘Colours of Holi’ hosted by JNICC, Jakarta; 21 April, 2011

Jaipur on a Sufi High! At Central park on Tuesday evening, Jahan-e-Khusrau- a Sufi music festival brought alive the spiritual elements of music and spread the message of love and harmony. Artists from Egypt, Pakistan and India participated in the event organised by the department of Tourism, the Rumi Foundation and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. The beautiful evening stressed on the power of music in establishing communal harmony. The mysticism of music began with a performance by Rajasthan's Samadar Manganiar. Samandar, accompanied by various artists on different instruments began his performance with an invocation to Allah. He sent the audience on a soul-searching mission when he sang Ali Maula Maula.
-Richa Shukla in DNA: Daily News & Analysis, Mumbai, on ‘Jahan-e-Khusrau’; 3 March 2010

Thrilling fusion Ghulam Nabi Namtahali from Kashmir and Samandar Khan Manganiar from Rajasthan, who were part of the Sufi Foundation of India’s Sada-e-Sufi concert, have been serving folk music for the past many generations….While the Kahsmiri group reiterated peace through their music and melody, the rustic Manganiars unleashed their desert charms. Sporting vibrant turbans, with the colours smiling at you from their numerous folds, the Manganiars struck an instant rapport with the crowd. They danced through the recital, thrilling the audience with their inimitable style. The real high came when Manganiars and Namtahalis joined hands to create a blended tapestry of sufi verses, that spelt vivaciousness, variety and melody.
-The Tribune, Chandigarh, on ‘Sada-e-Sufi’; 27 October 2003

BPFT: Tarun Tahiliani showcases 'Kumbh' collection The attractive part of Tarun Tahiliani was that he made nine singers from Rajasthan sit in the middle of the ramp. The whole troupe on Samandar Khan Manganiar played their instruments with all the kawali and sufi songs and changed the whole ambience.
-India Blooms News Service, on Tarun Tahiliani Showacases ‘Kumbh‘ Collection, 11 November 2013

Tarun rocks the ramp The “yoginis” got groovy with Jaipur’s Samandar Khan Manganiar setting the mood. Dum a dum mast kalandar, Amir Khusrau’s Jo kuch hai so tu hi hai, Ali ali sartaj kalandar. They also had something special for Tarun... Mitho mitho bol Tarun, pyaro pyaro bol. Such a sweet after-taste that Calcutta won’t forget in a hurry.
- Saionee Chakraborty, The Telegraph, 13 November 2013