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Song of the Reed: Rumi - Persian Poetry Set to Music

  • May 21, 2014 · 5:45 PM
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The Detroit Public Library presents Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, a Traveling Exhibition that incorporates dialogue and performance, music, and visual art to celebrate poetry of rare power and beauty - including ancient oral traditions still practiced today. literary forms that have flourished for centuries and contemporary poetic innovations.

Song of the Reed: Rumi with Dr. Jawid Mojadeddi and Amir Vahab

13th century Persian poet Rumi is now one of the most widely read poets in the United States. In this talk, scholar and translator Jawid Mojaddedi discusses the beauty of Rumi’s Masnavi: its folk tales, sacred history, entertaining stories and lessons, all written in rhyming couplets. This talk is followed by a performance of the poems set to music (in English and Persian) by distinguished composer and Persian classical performer Amir Vahab with his ensemble.

Presentation starts at 6:00PM

Cost: Free

Parking: Free at DPL lot

(entrance on the left side on Putnam Street)


Click on the link more information on this Traveling Exhibition.



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  • Lorelei

    Very enjoyable experience. The library is very cool! The lecture & music were relevant & moving!

    May 22, 2014

    • Mefi

      Hi Lorelei, I don't recall saying hi to you but thanks for coming. Hope to see you again soon and to remember it :)

      May 26, 2014

  • Mark C.

    Very nice event. Loved the music and interpretations. Had expected and would have appreciated if some non religious poetry had been included.

    1 · May 22, 2014

  • Lorelei

    Thank you to all who made it a very enjoyable experience!

    May 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My favorite part of last night's meetup was, of course, the music! I enjoyed hearing Rumi's poetry set to music and recited in its original language because this helped me to better understand the larger context of Rumi's work. I also appreciated Dr. Mojaddeddi's lecture and reading of Rumi's poetry, particularly how he used Rumi's poetry to challenge existing stereotypes about Islam and about Muslims. I must admit, though, that would have preferred more music and less lecturing during this event. Since I become restless during long lectures, at times I found it hard to stay focused during Dr. Mojaddeddi's talk. Instead, it might have been better to restrict the lecture part to a half-hour maximum and devote the rest of the program to the music--or to create a more "interactive" lecture, one that got the audience more actively involved in some way (e.g., singing verses of Rumi's poetry). Despite the long lecture, though, I still had a good time at last night's meetup.

    1 · May 22, 2014

  • Mefi

    Thanks to all who updated their RSVP and those who got to come to this event. I was pleased to have met 5 of you!
    Rumi's poetry was so beautifully translated into English by Dr Mojadeddi and the sound of it in Persian was delightful. I thought the message in the translated poems was still pure (something that I often find missing in the Spanish to English poetry).
    The music was so authentic and beautiful. I enjoyed especially the sounds of the flute and the sounds of the song by Amir and his companion musician.
    The only negative part was that the room was too warm and that I forgot to check the visual art and that I forgot to take pictures :(

    May 21, 2014

  • Mefi

    Hi everyone, if you did not RSVP but still want to join feel free to do so. And don't forget to come and say hello! :)

    May 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait

    1 · May 4, 2014

  • Susan

    Wow! What a find!

    1 · April 16, 2014

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