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Manchester Art Gallery
Sunday 13 January 2019, 2pm–4pm
Free, booking advised
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled due to circumstances out of our control. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Pakistani musical sensation Ali Sethi and Harvard Professor Ali Asani take you into the lyrical world of ghazals. The ghazal originated in Arabia in the 7th century and may be understood as a poetic expression of loss and romantic love.
Experience the emotional journey of sufi music through performance and demonstration as Sethi and Asani trace the history, evolution and form of popular ghazals to date. All texts will be translated into English so everyone can be fully immersed in the art of the ghazal.
The event is free, but booking is advised, book tickets at Eventbrite.
From Lahore With Love
12 January, 2pm-4pm, the Whitworth art gallery
Follow the pains and pleasures of a traditional musical apprentice. Join multitalented musician and author Ali Sethi in conversation with his mentor Professor Asani from Harvard University. A multimedia presentation with musical demonstrations, this is a unique opportunity to hear more from one of Pakistan’s most recognisable voices.
An evening of Sufi music and culture
15 January 2019, 7pm
With Ali Sethi, featuring his mentor Harvard Professor Ali Asani and collaborator, the Grammy Award-winning musician Noah Georgeson. at Band On The Wall
Ali Sethi first garnered attention after publishing his critically acclaimed novel The Wish Maker in his early 20s. Since then, the multitalented musician has gone on to launch a career as one of Pakistan’s most recognisable voices, honing his skills with intensive studies of his native country’s vocal traditions and inflecting them with his signature style. Ali Sethi has previously lent his vocals to The Reluctant Fundamentalist and released his own singles too. He starred in Coke Studio Season 9 alongside the legendary Abida Parveen and performed a rendition of the ghazal Ranjish Hi Sahi in the first episode of the season. Ali Sethi has worked with Riz Ahmed’s Swet Shop Boys, lending his vocals to the song titled Aaja.
Ali Asani is Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University. He has taught at Harvard since 1983, offering instruction in a variety of South Asian and African languages and literatures as well as courses on various aspects of Islamic tradition.