Ektara, a group of media and arts professionals, invites applications to participate in a 4-weeks practical workshop on the appreciation of Qawwali and Sufi music, to be held in Delhi from October 3 to 31, 2009.
This workshop is open for anyone interested in learning to appreciate Sufi poetry, music and Qawwali better. The participants do not have to have a prior knowledge or training of music, nor is there an age-bar. The course would comprise of about 12 sessions of 2 hours each (mostly in English, but with some Hindustani) to be conducted at a central location of Delhi (in an around the region of Nizamuddin dargah) with a couple of heritage walks around the historical monuments. The course would also focus on the poetic and musical heritage of the city of Delhi, especially the repertoire of poets such as Amir Khusrau. The sessions would be conducted by practicing musicians, well known scholars, and members of Ektara group, and would comprise of illustrated lectures, live music demos, video screenings, guided visits to the dargah, listening sessions and more. By the end of 3 weeks, the participants would hopefully be able to better appreciate the nuances of Sufi music, poetry, and Qawwali and its historical context. Ektara would also provide a certificate of participation, besides various printed or multimedia materials related to the content of the course.
For registration and further details, please visit www.ektara.org or contact us via email or phone. For those registering early (before 30th August 2009) there will be a concession in the registration fees.