A 2-day workshop on understanding Sufi literature starts from May 28
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Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
MAY 13, 2011: Okhla-based Ektara India run by a group of media and arts professionals, including Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) alumnus Yousuf Saeed, has invited applications for a 2-day workshop (28-29 May 2011 (Saturday, Sunday) on appreciating South Asia’s Sufi literature and Sama (Sufi soirees of listening) at India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi. Conducted by a number of scholars, musicians and media professionals, this short workshop (timing 10 am to 5 pm on both days) is meant to equip the participants to better appreciate the nuances of Sufi poetry and music by giving its historical and social contexts. Earlier, Ektara has conducted five successful workshops on Sufi music, qawwali and classical music.
“The workshop is not meant to “teach” music, even though the two days will comprise of live music demonstrations, poetry readings, and screening of documentary films and archival audio and video clips,” said a press release issued by the organization.
The participants will be guided on where and how to chose good Sufi literature and music in our midst. Some of the presenters of the workshop are Madan Gopal Singh, Dhruv Sangari, Yousuf Saeed and at least one traditional qawwali musician from Delhi (to be announced soon). The final schedule of the workshop will be available close to the dates of the event.
The workshop is open to anyone with interest in traditional poetry, music and cultural history. A knowledge or training in music is not essential. Although most presentations will be in English, a working knowledge of Urdu and Hindi (not necessarily reading capacity) will be an advantage.
Please apply early as seats are limited. Registration fee per person is Rs.2000/- including tea and refreshments. For applications, please contact the Habitat centre on 011-43663090/80 and ask for registration for the Sufi music workshop.
Payment by cash can be made at the programme desk. Registrations would be open from May 01-03 for IHC Members. Non-members can register from May 4th onwards.
For more information visit www.ektara.org
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