The Art of the Ghazal, Manchester Art Gallery, Sunday, 13. January 2019

The Art of the Ghazal

An emotional journey of sufi music through performance and demonstration.

Free, booking advised

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.

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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.

Sunday, 13. January 2019, Manchester Art Gallery, The Art of the Ghazal

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