In this demonstration, Pakistani musical sensation Ali Sethi and Harvard Professor Ali Asani will take you into the lyrical world of ghazals. The ghazal originated in Arabia in the 7th century and developed into a significant literary genre in Persian, Urdu, and other South Asian languages. It may be understood as a poetic expression of loss and romantic love, often associated with traditions of spirituality in South Asia.
Experience the emotional journey of Sufi music through performance and demonstration as Sethi and Asani trace the history, evolution, and form of popular Urdu ghazals to date. All texts will be translated into English so everyone can be fully immersed in the art of the ghazal.