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On Saturday, September 22 from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Sufi singer, Shabnam Merali will be performing at the Ladies Literary Club of Grand Rapids. Of Pakistani descent, she currently lives in Canada and is a Qawwālī & Ghazal singer, Ginan and Qasida reciter, radio-host and poet. She has performed in Canada, Europe, Pakistan, Dubai and Africa and has produced two ghazal CD’s: Lamhe and Chaahat.
Four musicians will accompany her on the tabla, harmonium and sitar. The tabla is a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hand drums of different sizes and reverberations; the harmonium is a free-standing keyboard instrument much like a reed organ, whose sound is created by air moving through sets of reeds resulting in an accordion-like sound; and the sitar is a long-necked plucked stringed instrument.
Like all religious, and many non-religious, occasions, the Sufi assembly begins in the name of God, with recitation of a passage from the Qur'an. Unique to Sufi recitation, the name of God is also uttered musically. As a prelude to singing hymns, the lead Qawwālī performer intones the dhikr phrase Alliihu in a melodic sequence on the harmonium to focus the attention of the listeners on the purpose of the Sufi assembly: finding a connection with God. Then a succession of powerful and moving hymns is drawn from a diverse repertoire that includes venerable foundational poetry in classical Persian and Hindi, but also in contemporary Urdu. Qawwālī texts emphasize and evoke mystical love; they also extol the hierarchy of Sufi spiritual personages from living spiritual guides (sheikhs) to saints, to Hazrat Ali, and finally to the Prophet Muhammad, who is ( in Islam, believed to be) the human being most closely connected with God. (Beck, Gary L., ed. Sacred Sound: Experiencing music in world religions. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006.Page 99. Print.)
This is an Interfaith 2012 event co-sponsored by:
Catholic Information Center, West Michigan Hindu Temple, Westminster Presbyterian, Fountain Street Church, Plymouth Congregational, Baha'i Community of West Michigan, Dominican Center at Marywood, Self-Realization Fellowship, St. Andrew's Episcopal and the Islamic Center & Mosque of Grand Rapids. For more information on 2012 Year of Interfaith Understanding and additional scheduled events go to the website at: http://www.gvsu.edu/2012interfaith/
COST: $10.00 per person. Tickets are available through the Calvin Box Office online at www.calvin.edu/boxoffice/ or by phone at 616.526.6282.
The mission of Dominican Center at Marywood is to foster the growth and the transformation of persons, communities and organizations through prayer, learning and collaboration in an inclusive, hospitable environment.