Tomorrow at Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Tambourine Live will present the first of three planned events, Mystic Melange, which explores mysticism in music.
The word "melange" translates to "mixture", says Vinod Raghavan, the chief executive of Tambourine Live. The event will offer authentic Sufi performances by artists from India, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey and Egypt.
"A Sufi musician is like a magician," Raghavan says. "From the very first note, they strike a rapport with the audience and their message is universal."
This first event will feature three distinct acts including a percussion ensemble from Kerala and Parvathy Baul from India, who will give a solo performance in the style of Baul song and dance, a tradition which can be traced back 2,000 years.
"This is my first time [to perform in Dubai] and I am open to the first-time experience," Baul says. "There are many people from India living there and deeply connected to Indian culture and Indian roots. It is also very relevant for this time when Asian countries need to be more aware of cultural and spiritual links between fellow Asian countries."
She will be followed by Sain Zahoor from Pakistan, who will bring his "soul-rendering" Sufi songs. In 2006, Zahoor won a BBC Award for World Music.
"Tambourine is not about mainstream events," says Raghavan. "We present alternative art forms, which boast a history of thousands of years, through live performances by those who still practice. The audience here is not often exposed to such performances and that is why we are presenting these live experiences. I want the audience to feel enriched, experiencing something deep."
"The performers are by nature musicians," Raghavan says. "They are used to singing to huge audiences and have a very earthly presence. The Kerala percussion [ensemble] will present three ancient drum forms from Kerala, where there is a highly evolved way of drumming."
The region is known for the copper mizhavu drum and the hourglass shaped idakka and timila drums.
"Some music is an acquired taste but the beating of the drum - everyone responds to," says Raghavan.
As for the internationally acclaimed Baul, she is one of the few remaining women to practise the East Indian tradition of song and dance. The philosophy behind her performance is a direct connection to God and the encouragement of universal love and peace.
"She is so powerful and vibrant," Raghavan says. "Her base is South India, where she has also formed a training centre. She is rare because Parvathy takes the art form beyond India, performing across cities and through social media."
A mystical future
The second part of the Mystic Melange trilogy is scheduled for April and the third will be held after the summer.
"In April, we will introduce the iconic poet Kabir," Raghavan says. "We will bring a group from India who dedicate their lives to songs inspired by Kabir. And from Egypt, we will bring a master oud player who sings Sufi songs."
This year, the company is aiming to produce six events that include classical and experimental dance and a possible theatre festival.
"We will also invite western musicians and big names from Indian classical and folk to create global fusion," Raghavan says.