The Misaq-E-Ishq performance started late, but I didn’t mind. It gave me time to learn about my seat partner’s love for poetry – which started suddenly after reading an Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem in university, and had consumed her – and the afflictions of her heart.
I won’t name her; suffice it to say that she’s young, moved to Toronto from India four years ago by herself, lives and works downtown, has been on several disastrous dates, and is clearly “in like” with a man who doesn’t want to commit to a relationship. In short, the perfect audience member for this show, even though she did not know who the performers were. She was just there for the poetry – alone.
The majority of the audience had come to see Ali Sethi, a young Pakistani singer who has written a book, The Wish Maker, and contributed to publications like the New York Times and the New Yorker. He was joined onstage with Grammy-award winning musician Noah Georgeson, recently famous for composing the title music for the hit Netflix show Narcos. Dr. Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University, rounded out the trio.
More at the source: NOW Toronto – APARITA BHANDARI – AUGUST 24, 2018