Poets from South Asia, Iran, Turkey, and Spain headlined the sold-out Great Poets Series, a five-part series showcasing poets from Rumi to Khusrau through performers from Iran, India, Canada, and beyond.
“When speaking of the arts of Muslim civilizations, it is impossible to separate music from poetry,” says Head of Performing Arts Amir Alibhai. “Nowhere is this more clear than in the music of Abida Parveen, whose repertoire is steeped in the words and imaginations of Sufi poets.” Alibhai adds that the Museum is “proud to be partnering with a world-class institution like Roy Thomson Hall. Making connections between cultures and through our partners in the arts community is extremely important to the Aga Khan Museum.”
On Saturday, January 23, we welcomed Ali Riza and Hüseyin Albayrak — modern-day troubadours and heirs of the “Ashik” tradition of Anatolia — to deliver the passionate poetry of Sultan Shah Khatayi. Enjoy these select highlights from the event, featuring Kiya Tabassian on the sitar and Pooria Pournazeri on the “tambour.”
On Saturday, March 12, we welcomed a stellar line-up of artists — including Ostad Saeed Farajpoori, Fariba Davodi, Bamdad Fotouhi, and Ehsan Ghafari — to our auditorium during the Great Poets Series. Enjoy these select highlights from the event, animated by the mystical whirling dance of Farzad AttarJafari, featuring translations by Sheniz Janmohamed.