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Joint “Buka Puasa” hosted by Embassy of India and Nahdlatul Ulama – showcasing photo exhibit on “Shared Islamic Heritage of India & Indonesia” and Sufi Qawalli Recital

     As part of the continuing 70th Anniversary celebrations of establishment of diplomatic ties between India and Indonesia, Embassy of India in Jakarta along with Nahdlatul Ulama Indonesia (NU) jointly hosted Buka Puasa (Iftar) celebrations at the NU Central Office in Jakarta today.  The evening showcased a special photo exhibit on “Shared Islamic Heritage of India and Indonesia” along with a special musical performance by a Sufi Qawwali Group led by Sarfaraz Chisty from India.

  1. The event was attended by select Ambassadors from diplomatic corps based in Jakarta, along with dignitaries from NU and large number of students from several universities in Jakarta, along with members of the media.  H.E Ambassador of India Pradeep K Rawat along with the General Chairman of NU Prof. Dr. Said Aqil Siradj jointly inaugurated the special photo exhibit on “SharedIslamic Heritage” which showcased the rich and vibrant architectural heritage of Islam in India. The photo exhibition will be open for public viewing at the NU Central Office until 24th May, and is expected to be visited by hundreds of guests on daily basis during the Holy month of Ramadhan.
  2. Participants also witnessed a special musical concert presented by famousSufi Qawwali singers i.e. Chishti Brothers from India. The 8 member group was specially flown to Indonesia by Embassy of India and was sponsored by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). Nearly 300 guests including students from various universities enjoyed the Sufi performance. The Chshti Brothers Group will also perform at University of Pesantren Darul Ulum (UNIPDU) at Jombang on 20 May and at University of Maarif Hasyim Latif (UMAHA) in Surabaya on 21 May 2019. The group has travelled oversees in many countries popularizing the Sufi Singing tradition of India abroad. This was the Group’s first tour to Indonesia.
  3. The event concluded with prayers followed byBuka Puasa (breaking of fast) over an Indian sumptuous meal.
  4. It may be noted that this was for the first time that Embassy of India partnered with Nahdlatul Ulama, which islargest independent Islamic organization in the world with membership over 90 million (in 2019). Established on January 31, 1926 in Surabaya, NU has had a rich history of promoting the concept of IslamNusantara which promotes moderation, compassion, anti-radicalism, inclusiveness and tolerance. As a follow up to the event, it is expected that a high level delegation from NU led by Chairman NU Prof. Dr. Said Aqil Siradj will visit India in the second half of 2019.


Friday, 17 May 2019.


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