Turkish Sufi Music Band to perform at UNESCO HQ

Konya Turkish Sufi Music Band will give a concert on the occasion of the 800th birthday of Jalal ud-Din Rumi (Mevlana) at the HQ of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris.

Turkish Sufi Music Band to perform at UNESCO HQ
Konya Turkish Sufi Music Band will give a concert on the occasion of the 800th birthday of Jalal ud-Din Rumi (Mevlana) at the HQ of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris.

Konya City Culture and Tourism Directorate told AA that Konya Turkish Sufi Music Band --the only official band of whirling dervishes in Turkey-- will stage a Mevlevi ritual in Paris on September 5th.

The band will stage 500 performances in Turkey and other countries under the '2007 Mevlana Year', however officials say a special importance is attached to the performance at the UNESCO HQ.


MEVLANA

Jalal ud-Din Muhammed Rumi, who is also known as Mevlana, is a great philosopher and founder of the Mevlevi Order.

Mevlana was born on September 30th, 1207 in Balkh in present day Afghanistan. He died in Konya on December 17th, 1273. He was laid to eternal rest beside his father and over his remains in a splendid shrine was erected in Konya.

Mevlana devoted himself to the pursuit of Sufi mysticism, in which he was justly regarded as the supreme master. He was the spiritual founder of the Mevlevi order of whirling dervishes.

His most important work, composed during the last ten years of his life, is the Mathnawi-i Manawi (Mesnevi). This comprises about thirty thousand couplets in six books, a vast compendium of Sufi lore and doctrine, interspersed with fables and anecdotes. It is especially remarkable for its insight into the laws of physics and psychology.

"Come, come again, whoever you are, come! Heathen, fire worshipper or idiolatrous, come! Come even if you broke your penitence a hundred times. Ours is the portal of hope, come as you are," is his famous motto that has been seen as a symbol of tolerance and love for centuries.

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