THE Qawwal Wajahat Husain Badayuni Group from North India is in the country to showcase some of their best hits in contemporary and cultural music.
The group led by Wajahat Badayuni is sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the government of India with the initiative by the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC).
Yesterday, the group was hosted to a morning tea at the Civic Centre building in Labasa.
ICC director Dr Kamal Mishra said the tour was part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the centre in the country.
He said the event was to also celebrate the Festival of India being observed around the world.
"We decided to visit the north first before touring parts of Viti Levu because we felt northerners deserve the first glimpse as the other Bollywood groups usually host their concerts first in Viti Levu," Dr Mishra said.
"This is the group's first ever visit to Fiji and they will have eight concerts in the country before they go back to India next week."
He said the group members were touched by the warm welcome and hospitality they received upon their arrival.
"At least when they return home, they will have a taste of what the Fijian culture is all about and promote it in other parts of India," Dr Mishra said.
Labasa special administrator Vijay Chand said they were happy to host the group.
The group will leave for Viti Levu today to perform at the Civic Centre Auditorium in Suva tomorrow night.