returns to London SouthBank! Wednesday 27 March 2013 - Sunday
21 April 2013.
Alchemy is an annual festival of music, dance, literature,
design and debate from India, the UK and South Asia. There are
dazzling events for everyone including the mighty Susheela
Raman, Hariharan, Anoushka Shankar and circus and aerial
performance from the Daksha Sheth Dance Company. See rising
stars Harshdeep Kaur and Ash King, and Martin Simpson
collaborates with Arieb Azhar. As well as the finest music,
enjoy fashion, design, talks, film screenings, markets and
incredible food from India.
● Urs/Uroos of Mevlana Rumi (Konya, Turkey)
Whirling Dervishes is perhaps the most recognized ritual of Sufism popular all over the world. The whirling called Sema,
while may seem a form of dance, is actually a deeply spiritual exercise usually devoted to Mevlana Rumi and practiced by Mevlana
Order of Sufism. It usually has 7 phases, as performed by
Testifiying to God's unity
Part 2: Drums; God order to the Creation
Part 3: Ney; The Divine Breath
Part 4: Greeting
Part 5: Sema, The Whirling
Part 5: Salutes
Part 6: Reading of Quran
Part 7: Closing with Dawood on all Prophets
Whirling Sufis wear symbolic clothing: cloacks wear a coffin, conical hats represent epitaphs ( Mevlana tombs also have these turbans at the place of gravestone) and skirts mean a shroud (burial dress).