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An Evening With Rumi: Persian Mystical Poetry and Music

  • Date
    October 19, 2012
  • Time 7:30 p.m.
  • Location Washington, D.C.
  • Price Event: $25; Event plus exhibit: $30

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Photo: Whirling dervishes
Whirling dervishes, a tradition dating to the time of Rumi

Photograph by James Stanfield

Pictures of Hossain Omoumi and Fatemeh Keshavarz

Hossain Omoumi and Fatemeh Keshavarz

Marco Prozzo/Washington University, St. Louis

Rumi contributed to the development of Sufism, a mystical Islamic tradition symbolized by whirling dervishes, through his passionate and profound poetry infused with the divine. Fatemeh Keshavarz, Rumi scholar and Director of the Roshan Center for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland, will read from his work, accompanied by music performed by Hossein Omoumi, Maseeh Professor in Performing Arts at the University of California, Irvine, a master of the ney, an end-blown flute; vocalist Jessika Kenny; and musicians Amir Koushkani and Hamin Honari.

The National Geographic Museum and Store will be open until 7:15 PM before the event.

Co-sponsored with the Roshan Center for Persian Studies.

Supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.

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