Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Beyond Borders: the Life and Legacy of Rumi
  • Beyond Borders: the Life and Legacy of Rumi
  • Performance
  • 4/21/2011
  • 18:00-19:30
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: Center for Global and International Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, the Intercultural & Interfaith Dialog Student
Event Description
Come and learn about Persian language and culture through aspects of Middle Eastern history, literature and spirituality. This event celebrates Rumi, one of the greatest 13th Century Persian poets and a Sufi mystic. The event will feature CGIS Persian language instructor Razi Ahmad giving a brief presentation on Rumi, followed by live music and reading of Rumi’s poetry in Persian and English (Doug Lopez). The readings will be accompanied by two Whirling Dervishes, Mudita Sabato and Malika Lyon.

The event is accompanied by an exhibit from the Spencer’s collection of Persian/Iranian artifacts and art inspired by those regions. The exhibit will be on display from April 12 - April 24, 2011.

A Whirling Dervish is one who stands at the doorway between the seen and unseen worlds. A dervish who turns or “whirls” is engaging in an active practice of spiritual meditation. Rev. Cecily "Mudita" Sabato is a Sufi Guide/Teacher through the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Mudita Whirls in the tradition of Rumi, and teaches Whirling as Mediation while leading retreats. She has studied many faiths; while living in the Himalayan Mountains she studied Tibetan Buddhism with Lama Tenzin Choden.

1. Clark Jamison - Drums
2. Brian Tansen Frantz - Sitar
3. Amory Bottorff - Saz