SIVASAGAR, Dec 19 � A three-day Zikir Zari Mahutsava was organised by the Sangeet Natak Akademi to popularise folk song and folklore of India, at the Natya Mandir here last evening.
Dulal Roy, in-charge of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, appreciated the rich folk songs nurtured for ages by the Muslim community.
In his introductory address literateur Prof Imran Shah pleaded for research on the Azan Peer�s Zikir.
Prof Shah contented that Zikir, unlike ordinary folk song, has its creator, Shah Meeran (Azan Peer).
Folk songs mainly depict social scenes, while Zikir�s are mainly mystical and religious gospel compositions with social implications, he added.
Jatindra Lahkar, Deputy Commissioner, commended the role played by the Sangeet Natak Akademi for promotion of Zikir and Zari. Prof Jogen Chetia, Idris Ali and Ismile Hussain were present as guests of honour.
Kerimuddin Ahmed started the function with a lyrical Zikir. Groups from Lakhimpur, Dergaon, Kolaigaon and Golaghat also presented songs.