Silk Road Melody: Dances and Songs of Sufi Mystics from Persia to India

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Choreographer and dancer Deepti Gupta is a disciple of Pt. Birju Maharaj and a seasoned performer of Kathak in both India and Canada.

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Singer and Composer Mushfiq Hashimi hails from Afghanistan. A master of Indian classical music, calligraphy and acting, he is a disciple of Pt. Ajoy Chakraborthy of India.

About Silk Road Melody

Silk Road Melody

A unique evening of dances and music, that takes you on a journey along the ancient Silk Route, from Iraq, through Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan to India. Guided and inspired by the poetry of Sufi mystics covering a time span of 1000 years, from the eighth to the eighteenth centuries, this mesmerizing show brings Sufi stories and poetry to life through music, song and dance. The performance celebrates the great literary and philosophical legacy created by Sufi poets whose message of universal love united vast regions along the famous trade routes from Persia to China. The poetry will be sung in multiple languages including Persian, Urdu and Hindustani featuring works from Rabia al Basri, Rumi, Amir Khusrau, Bedil and Quli Qutub Shah.

The beautiful dances are filled with Sufi whirling and the rhythms of Kathak, the elegant classical dance of north India combining elements of Hindu and Islamic cultures. The choreography merges Indian storytelling and Persian aesthetics.

List of Performances:

September 17, 2016 — Centrepointe Theatre, Ottawa

October 15, 2016 — Sampradaya Dance Creations, Mississauga

March 29, 2017 — Kalanidhi Dance Festival, Fleck Theatre, Toronto

July 2, 2017 — Canada Scene, National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Coming up:

August 12, 2017 — TD MOSAIC Festival, Mississauga

October 27, 2017 — Nippissing University, North Bay

Performers:

Concept, choreography and dance — Deepti Gupta

Music composition and vocals — S. Mushfiq Hashimi

Tabla — Kiran Morarji

Dilruba — Sach Dhanjal

Poetry and Narration — Rehana Tejpar