Join us for a very special dual event which features a conversation about the poem Saif-ul-Malook (Journey of Love) and the poet, before hearing a traditional Punjabi recitation of Saif ul Malook and Baba Bulleh Shah's kalaam.
The ‘Saif-ul-Malook’ (known as ‘Journey of Love’), is a vast Punjabi epic composed by Sufi Saint Hazrat Mian Muhammad Bakhsh. He belonged to the Qadri tariqah. He was born in a village called Khari Sharif, situated near Mirpur, Azad Kashmir.
The poem and Sufi writings of both Mian Muhammad and Baba Bulleh Shah will be explained by Virinder Kalra and Shams Rehman in a special pre-performance conversation.
Following the conversation a sitar, kara, dhol, flute performance will take place, led by the infamous vocals of Lala Qadeer. He will be reciting sufiana kalaam from these two revered personalities from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh traditions.
Virinder Kalra teaches at Manchester University and has research interests in popular culture in South Asia and its diaspora. His latest book ‘Sacred and Secular Musics: A Postcolonial Approach’ (Bloomsbury) looks at the music forms of Qawwali, Kirtan and Dharmic Geet as they are performed in the Punjab across India and Pakistan.
Researcher, writer and linguist Shams Rehman is a founding member of ‘Chitka’, bilingual magazine in the Pahari-Pothwari language and author of ‘Azad Kashmir and British Kashmiris’. Shams is a lifelong devotee of Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, after an introduction to his poetry during a childhood in Mirpur, where the saint’s tomb lies.
Although this event is free it is recommended to book online or contact firstname.lastname@example.org 07870 100590.
Only a maximum of 4 bookings per person.
If you are unable to attend on the day please notify us immediately so we can allocate your seat to another person.