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2-Weeks Workshop on
Appreciating Qawwali and Sufi Music
October 3, 2009 - October 11, 2009

See the invitation for December 2009 workshop

Ektara invites applications to participate in a 2-weeks intensive workshop on the appreciation of Sufi music and Qawwali, to be held from October 3, 2009 in Delhi. See the emerging schedule here.

M.A.Warsi QawwalThis workshop is open for anyone interested in learning to appreciate Sufi poetry, music and Qawwali better. The participants do not have to have a prior knowledge or training of music, nor is there an age-bar. The course would comprise of about 12 sessions of 2 hours each (mostly in English, but with some Hindustani) to be conducted at a central location of Delhi (in an around the region of Nizamuddin dargah) with a couple of heritage walks around Delhi's historical monuments. The course would also focus on the poetic and musical heritage of the city of Delhi, especially the repertoire of poets such as Amir Khusrau and his Sufi master Nizamuddin Aulia. The sessions would be conducted by professional scholars, musicians, and members of Ektara group, and would comprise of illustrated lectures, live music demos, video screenings, guided visits to the dargah, listening sessions and more.

Some of the speakers and musicians to make presentations during the course include Madan Gopal Singh (Sufi singer), Mohammad Ahmed Warsi (qawwal), Dhruv Sangari (Sufi singer), Yousuf Saeed (filmmaker/author), and many others. The final detailed list of speakers, their themes, and schedule would be available to the participants, and on this website, close to the date of the workshop. It is hoped that by the end of 2 weeks, the participants would be able to better appreciate the nuances of Sufi music, poetry, and Qawwali and its historical context. Kindly note that this is NOT a course for learning music, but for appreciating it. Ektara would provide a certificate of participation, besides various printed or multimedia materials related to the content of the course. Refreshments would be served during the workshop. However, the participants would have to make their own arrangements of transport/ commuting to various locations of the course.

A tentative schedule of the 12 lectures is available here (final programme to be announced soon).

The seats are limited and would be reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. The fee for attending the workshop for each participant is Rs.4000/- (Indian Rupees Four Thousand only). To register, you only need to pay Rs.1000/- now, and pay the remaining amount before the start of the workshop on Oct 3.

Those of you registering with us before 31st August 2009 would get a 25% discount. Thus, you can pay a total of Rs.3000/- if your application and fees reach us before 31st August 2009. Couples or 2 or more friends registering together could get this discount even after 31st August 2009. If applying after 31st August, please enquire with us first whether the seats are available.

What you need to do to register:

Download this application form >> in MS Word format

Please print and fill the form, sign it, and send it to us along with the registration fee.

The fee can be paid by a cheque or Demand Draft payable in Delhi, drawn in favour of EKTARA INDIA, and sent by courier or registered post to our office address. You can also hand over the filled up form and the registration fee in cash to any of our team members by appointment, and get a receipt. Alternatively, you could deposit the fee directly to our bank account. The details for all these methods would be available via email on request.

You are free to contact us before registering if you have any questions or doubts about the workshop.

You can write to us at ektaraindia@email.com or use this form to send us your request/message.

Our previous workshop: Hindustani Music and Partition, New Delhi, August 22-23, 2008