Kulbir Natt

Alchemy/Jahen E Khusrau/ Anjuman E Dil: Realm of the Heart

Hans Raj Hans
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Shahbaz Akhmal

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London
Words By Kulbir Natt

Fri, 2011-04-15

Southbank Centre’s 11 day journey into the cultural vistas between the British south Asian diaspora and sub-continent began by transporting ideas, artists and a large dose of ‘Indianness’ from the acclaimed Jahan E Khusrau Sufi Festival taking place in the atmospheric ruins of the courtyard of the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi to the clean lines and more antiseptic environs one of Europe’s premier arts venues.

Sufi Music Uplifting the soul to realms above

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 Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened," noted the great Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi in the 13th century. "Don't open the door to the study and begin reading," he writes. Instead, "Take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do.


Music and poetry lies at the heart Sufism. It stands in stark contrast to "orthodox" Islam, which often disapproves or in extreme cases bans music. Sufi traditions see music as central to religious devotion and seek to use its emotive and communal power towards praising the almighty.

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