ASTON VILLA VSNORWICH CITYAston Villa have won only one of their past 23 Barclays Premier League games and will be aware that no team with 13 points – Villa’s total – or fewer from 24 games (based on three points for a win) have avoided relegation. However, Norwich last won at Villa Park in the inaugural season of the Premier League, in November 1992. Since that 3-2 victory, Norwich have drawn three and lost three at Villa.LIVERPOOL VSSUNDERLANDLiverpool are unbeaten in their last seven league games against Sunderland, who have gone 284 minutes since scoring against the Reds. The Black Cats have lost five and drawn two since they last won against Liverpool, at the Stadium of Light, in March 2012. Sunderland, are still without Younes Kaboul but Sebastian Larsson undergoes a test after a month out.NEWCASTLE VSWEST BROMNewcastle have lost just once at home to Albion, in December 2011. Overall, the Magpies have won six and drawn two of their nine home Premier League games against the Baggies. Albion have lost only one of their last six league games but three of those were draws. Their goal in the 1-1 draw with Swansea on Tuesday night was their first in three league games.SOUTHAMPTONVS WEST HAMSouthampton held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, their four successive clean sheet, their best sequence since November 2014. Saints have now gone 388 minutes without conceding. West Ham have lost only one of their last 11 Premier League games, a run extended by the 2-0 midweek win over Aston Villa. However, six of those games were draws.STOKE CITY VSEVERTONStoke City are going through a difficult time. In the space of a week they have gone out of the Capital One Cup – at the semi-final stage – and the FA Cup and, on Tuesday they lost 3-0 at Manchester United, their third game without a win and third without a goal. Everton have a poor Premier League record at Stoke; they last won there in September 2008, while drawing four and losing two of their other six games at the Britannia Stadium.SWANSEA CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACESwansea are unbeaten in their last three games in the Barclays Premier League, winning seven points from a possible nine. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, lost 2-1 at home to Bournemouth on Tuesday, the club’s fifth defeat in a row and seventh game in the league without a win. It is Palace’s worst sequence of defeats since they lost seven in a row between September and November 2013.
Celebrating cultural unity and oneness in spirit, Jahan-e-Khusrau festival is back with its12th edition. So get set to be enthralled by the poetry of mystics, soulful music and traditional dances.‘We began Jahan-e-Khusrau in 2001 as a prayer to peace, to celebrate the composite culture of this great nation in its Capital. Since then, we have not looked back. It has had a snowballing effect, not just in the city, but in the entire country. Sufi singing became popular and people opened their hearts to the poetry of the mystics- as a balm of love. It has attracted talent from across the world and India delighting audiences unfailingly each year,’ says Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Presented by Rumi Foundation and designed and directed by filmmaker-painter-designer Muzzafar Ali, Jahan-e-Khusrau is a platform that brings together artistes from across the globe and binds them together in their mutual love for Sufiana music and dance.‘We try to find new work and voices and reinvent old voices and present them without any affectation or device. It is a very simple tribute that comes from our heart,’ explains Muzzafar Ali, who has been associated with the festival as its creative director. Talking about the global nature of the festival, he says: ‘It is just a part of the free-flowing mindset and we are doing it to connect people.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe objective of the festival is to build a bridge between the East and the West and to harp on the universalism of music and dance.The artistes performing this year at the festival are Malini Awasthi celebrating Nazeer Akbarabadi with Astha Dixit, Deveshi Sahgal, Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan, Pernia Qureishi, celebrating Khanaqah-e-Niyazia with Sonam Kalra and Abida Parveen.Sufi music has a way of touching your heart and soothing your soul. Talking about her association with Sufi music and festival, Astha Dixit says: ‘Ever since I started working with Sufi poetry, I feel that I’ve found my own voice.’ ‘In dance and music, there is nothing modern or traditional, there is just eternal,’ she adds. ‘Sufi is not just music. It is a language. It is a message. When it comes in form of melody, it becomes a song,’ says Shafqat Ali Khan. Talking about Jahan-e-Khusrau, he says: ‘I’ve performed in many festivals but this one is very close to my heart. The peacefulness that surrounds me when I work with Muzzarfar Ali is unparalleled.’Don’t miss out on this three-day festival.DETAILAt: Arab ki Sarai, Humayun’s Tomb When: 1-3 March Timings: 6.30 pm onwardsFor invites: Kotwara, DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, Music Shop & Neemrana Shop, Khan Market read more