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Sufis on the Silk Road: Nawa’i

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Come, my beloved, my desire, don’t weep,

Lift your veil, let me see your beautiful face


If I say in Arabic ‘your laugh’ and if I say in Persian ‘your laugh’

And if I say in Turki ‘your laugh,’ let this world be your fragrant hair


Asia House and SOAS have partnered to present a musical concert – Sufis on the Silk Road: Nawa’i. In this concert we explore the Central Asian mystic poetry of Ali Shir Nava’i as it has been handed down in different musical traditions, from the classical songs of the Ferghana Valley to the Sufi rituals of Khotan. We bring these traditions to life on the concert stage, and create new improvisations based on their repertoires.


This collaboration brings together Europe-based Central Asian and Iranian musicians to explore the shared traditions of the Silk Road and forge new musical connections across international borders cutting across the established narrow nationalist visions of the region’s culture.

General Admission: £10, Concessions: £8, Asia House Arts Members: £5


Rahima Mahmut (vocals)

Sardor Mirzakhojaev (rubab and vocals)

Veria Amiri (setar)

Iskander Ding (frame drum)

Rachel Harris (dutar)

The Nawa’i project follows the 2016 ‘Sufis on the Silk Road: Mashrab’


Supported by SOAS, University of London, and the Association for Central Asian Civilizations & Silk Road Studies: http://acansrs.org/.
Ahmad Tea will kindly be providing some tea at this event.


September 20, 2017
18:45 - 20:00
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Asia House
63 New Cavendish St W1G 7LP United Kingdom
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