The Covenant of Love: The Poetry, Music and Spirituality of South Asian Muslim Cultures

AliMisaq-e-Ishq means The Covenant of Love and during this event Ali Asani ’77 (professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard); Pakistani pop star and author Ali Sethi’06; and vocalist, guitarist and Grammy Award-winning producer Noah Georgeson will bring alive through musical performance, the poetic consciousness of several legendary South Asian mystic poets.

Presented by The Harvard College Pakistani Students Association and the Office for the Arts at Harvard, with support from the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Aga Khan Fund and the Asia Center at Harvard University,  Asani, Sethi, Georgeson and additional musicians will explore the lavishly transformative powers of love (ishq), interpreted variously as passion, devotion, ardour, commitment or just plain love. For the featured poets, love is a primordial link that connects the divine to all of creation. Tasting or experiencing the nectar of this love, they believe, is the central purpose of worldly existence. Their poetry, spanning a thousand years, responds to the exigencies of their eras with an idiom that supersedes orthodoxy and dissolves binaries. Join these thought leaders and artists as they invite audiences to understand the human and the divine through the all-encompassing lens of love.

This concert-conversation is the closing event of the Harvard ARTS FIRST Festival (May 2-5). Ali Asani and Ali Sethi will also present The Art of the Ghazal 5 p.m. Friday, May 3 at Fong Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

Watch a version of this event that took place in Manchester, England, earlier this year.


Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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