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Dancing on strains of poetry

Dancing on strains of poetry
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Sufi Kathak Foundation presents under the 22 Khwaja Project series, a programme dedicated to the Sufi Saint Hazrat Deva Sharif ‘Bedam Shah Warsi’, writing under the pen name of Bedam whose shrine is situated in a small village - Dewa of Barabanki, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

The programme  features Sufi Kathak by Manjari Chaturvedi to Sufi Music, performed by Khanqahi Qawwals, Janaab Noorul Hasan and Janaab Arshad Hussian Chisty from Awadh.

Hazrat Deva Sharif popularly known as Hazrat Bedam Shah Warsi of Sarkar Waris Pak was a Sufi saint from Dewa, a small village situated in Barabanki, India, who was the successor to the Qadriyya -Razzakiyya Silsila.

Some Hindus held him in high esteem and regarded him as a perfect Sufi and a follower of Vedant Hindus. Shah was popular with English-educated youth and English-speaking men flocked to him and sat at his feet. He was the first Sufi Darvesh to visit Europe and to have attract English-speaking followers. 

Manjari Chaturvedi is the creator and the only performing artist of Sufi Kathak. Conceptualised and created by Manjari, Sufi Kathak has taken 13 years of her intense work in Sufi music and classical dance.  

Introducing the mystique of Sufism in dance, she traveled to countries like Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan and worked with artists from Iran, Turkey and Morocco to study the music and dance forms related with Sufi thought. 

The Sufi qawwali musicians that will perform, trace their roots to traditional Sufi thought and music. The proposed Qawwal goups from Awadh Uttar Pradesh are led by Janaab Nurul Hassan, and Janaab Arshad Hussain Chishty representing the unique syncretic traditions of the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb of Awadh, singing the poetry of Hazrat Bedam Shah Warsi.
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