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SAI Event Type : Demonstration


The Covenant of Love: The Poetry, Music and Spirituality of South Asian Muslim Cultures

The Covenant of Love: The Poetry, Music and Spirituality of South Asian Muslim Cultures

Misaq-e-Ishq means The Covenant of Love and during this event Ali Asani ’77 (professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard); Pakistani pop star and author Ali Sethi ’06; and vocalist, guitarist and Grammy Award-winning producer Noah Georgeson will bring alive through musical performance, the poetic consciousness of several legendary South Asian mystic poets.

Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to Change the World

Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to Change the World
A lecture and demonstration by Mallika Sarabhai, one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers for over three decades. In constant demand both as a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, she has created and performed classical and contemporary...

The Art of the Ghazal: Ali Sethi and Ali Asani

The Art of the Ghazal: Ali Sethi and Ali Asani
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...

The Riyaaz Qawwali Ensemble: A Journey of Cultures and Faiths Through Qawwali

The Riyaaz Qawwali Ensemble: A Journey of Cultures and Faiths Through Qawwali

Artistic Director and founder of Riyaaz Qawwali, Sonny Mehta, will share his personal story from learning classical music to performing qawwali, the musical genre commonly associated with the Sufi tradition in South Asia. He will demonstrate the basics of qawwali, unfolding the relevant musical elements, poetry and important performance aspects.