A sapphiran anniversary band has been launched in the city of Mumbai, where the country’s first sappha temple was built in 1838.

The band is led by a retired judge and singer of the Saffrati Sainiya.

The singer, who has been in the band since 2015, has been conducting performances of songs by the sapphas including ‘Aamir raja’, ‘Aadmi saamam nahi’, ‘Girgaon ki jai’ and ‘Rajya hai’ at festivals in Mumbai, which have been attended by more than 200,000 people.

He said the band would be launched in March and the festival would be held in April.

“We have decided to take a sapphata (celebratory) approach and celebrate the sappy music, which is an important part of our history.

We will be singing songs by composers such as Hari Kaur and Ravi Shankar.

It will be a sappy band,” the singer said.