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
August 12, 2017 — TD MOSAIC Festival, Mississauga
October 27, 2017 — Nippissing University, North Bay
Concept, choreography and dance — Deepti Gupta
Music composition and vocals — S. Mushfiq Hashimi
Tabla — Kiran Morarji
Dilruba — Sach Dhanjal
Poetry and Narration — Rehana Tejpar