SAMA Arts Network Presents WOMEN IN ART FESTIVAL / SUFI /BHAKTI – PATHWAY TO DEVOTION

Company: SAMA Arts Network
Running Time: 3 Hours
Price: £15
Certificate: For All Ages

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SAMA Arts Network Presents

WOMEN IN ART FESTIVAL / SUFI /BHAKTI – PATHWAY TO DEVOTION

     SATURDAY: 7.30PM – £15 / Interval at 8.45pm / 15 min

     AMRIT KAUR LOHIA sarangi / Sufi/ Contemporary Poets

     KauRAS /with DEEPA NAIR RASIA  Songs of Sufi / Sikh Tradition

    

     SUNDAY: 3PM – £15 / interval at 4.15pm / 15 min

     SANGEETA DATTA / Tagore & Baul

     PAPIA DAS BAUL / Baul Songs

 

     SUNDAY 7PM: £15 / interval at 8.15pm / 15 min

    SHEPHALI FROST – Sufi Mystics / Contemporary Poets

    VANDANA SOMAIA – Bhakti Poets

    Finish at 10/10.15

 

The Sufi and Bhakti Traditions:
Kirtan at a Hindu Temple, Qawwali at a Dargah  (Muslim shrines), and singing of Gurbani at a Gurdwara are all derived from the Bhakti movement of medieval India (c800-c1700). “The word bhakti is derived from Bhakta meaning to serve, honour, revere, love and religious idiom, it is attachment or fervent devotion to God and is defined as “that particular affection which is generated by the knowledge of the attributes of the Adorable One.”

The concept is traceable to the Vedas where its intimations are audible in the hymns addressed to deities such as Varuna, Savitri and Usha. However, the word bhakti does not occur there. The word occurs for the first time in the Upanishads where it appears with the “ co-doctrines of grace and self- surrender”. The songs and poetry of Tulsidas, Surdas, Meera, Kabir, Namdev and many others reflect the spirit of god and mankind.

Sufism or Sufi poetry has travelled a long way through Arabic, Persian and Turkish languages in several continents and cultures over a millennium. Inspired by great Sufi saints like Rumi, Bulle Shah, Rabia and others, Sufi music is purely devotional music. In South Asia, Sufi thoughts have found expression through several musical genres like Qawwali, Ghazal, folk forms from Rajasthan, Sindh and Punjab and Sufiana kalam in Kashmir. The most popular, of course, has been Qawwali, attributed to Amir Khusrau.

The Sufis were Muslim saints who came originally from Persian and Arabian countries. They stayed in India in the 11th century A.D. They were progressive thinkers who led a simple life. They strictly followed the principles of the Holy Koran. Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism influenced the Sufi saints. The Bhakti movement motivated the Sufi saints to work for Hindu – Muslim Unity. The Sufi movement promoted friendship between the Hindus and the Muslims. They believed that God is present everywhere.

FESTIVAL SUPPORTED BY THE ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND


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