Songs of Kabir and other Mystic Poets
Vipul Rikhi sings folk songs of Kabir and other Bhakti & Sufi poets from South Asia, such as Gorakhnath, Bulleshah, Shah Latif, Meera and others. In his performances, he likes to bring equal emphasis to the poetry and its insights as to the sheer beauty of the folk tunes. He shares songs from centuries-old oral traditions of mystic poetry in the subcontinent, and translates into English before singing.
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Ishq Mastana | Drunk on Love
Life and vision of Kabir, in story and song
An introduction to the enigmatic, iconoclastic 15th century Bhakti-Sufi poet, Kabir, through storytelling, commentary, poetry and songs. The songs are in dialects of Hindi and the entire narration will be in English.
Over 500 years after his lifetime, Kabir still speaks to our times. In simple, direct words, he addresses complex emotional and cultural issues, with deep insight and clarity. But who was Kabir? How and where did he live? What made him who he was? Was he just one person or has he become many? Exploring legends around his life, his poetry, the depth of his thought, and the beauty of the music that has sprung up around him, we take a journey into the heart of this unique phenomenon.
Daastaan-e-Ishq | Tales of Love
Songs & Stories of the Sufis
by Vipul Rikhi
Vipul narrates legendary love stories and other tales of love, in English, and shares Bhakti and Sufi folk songs related to these stories, in different languages.
The Mystic Flame
Songs of the Path by Mystic Poets
by Vipul Rikhi
A session exploring the path of the mystic, through songs and stories from Bhakti and Sufi poets. Mystic poets such as Kabir, Bulleshah, Meera and others point us to a reality beyond the ordinary one, which can be experienced within the contours of the human form. Through their songs, poetry and the examples of their lives, they force us to confront our true nature and redefine our ideas of love, joy, freedom and death.
Rooh ji Rehaan | A Gathering of Souls
Stories, Poetry and Songs from the world of Shah Latif
Those who set out with nothing
Those who bedeck themselves
– Shah Latif
Explore the poetry of the great 18th century Sindhi Sufi poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, through storytelling, translations and songs. Vipul Rikhi shares these stories along with interpretations of their deep significance for Latif. There will be translations of the poetry in English and, most importantly, songs of Latif in the kaafi form, which are part of the folk oral traditions of Kutch, Gujarat.
Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai was a great 18th century Sufi poet who, without exaggeration, can be called the Voice of Sindh. His poetry draws on the power and beauty of Sufi as well as Yogic thought, melding the two philosophies into one poetic and spiritual vision. His major work is the “Shah Jo Risalo” and his poems thrive today as a vibrant oral tradition being widely sung, quoted and loved by both Hindu and Muslim communities in the Sindh and Kutch regions on both sides of the Indo-Pak border.
In a world where women voices were unheard of, Latif took popular love legends of the region and spoke through the voices of different women protagonists, to weave a web of poetry that plays tantalizingly between the levels of ishq-e-majaazi, worldly love, and ishq-e-haqeeqi, spiritual love.
The duration of the program is around 90 minutes.