Sama'a: The Mystic Ecstasy - Festival of Sufi Music Sama Ayins: Whirling Prayer Ceremonies
the divine. The pain of separation from the creator is at the core of Sufi lyrics and music;
and hence the longing to dissolve the physical realm and transcend into the spiritual universe
with Sama'a, the practice of listening to music, chanting and whirling, finally culminating in
spiritual ecstasy. Sufi music is practised in different regions of the world through myriad genres.
The concept of divine love is at the centre of Mevlawi order founded by Rumi. In this order sama has a fascinating dimension involving whirling by the dervishes, a ceremony that reaches a crescendo through three stages: knowing God, seeing God and uniting with God. With a firm belief that revolution is all pervading and fundamental to our existence, the whirling dervish (semazen) seeks to partake in the universal movement and resonate with the other beings. Istanbul Historical Turkish Music Ensemble was established 1991 by the Turkish Republic Ministry of Culture and Tourism with the intention to preserve and promote the 700 years old traditions of Turkish Tasawwuf music and traditional Sama Ayins (Whirling Prayer Ceremonies) in their original form. The presentation by the twenty-member ensemble will include a short music performance followed by the prayer ceremony of the Whirling Dervishes culminating in mystic ecstasy. The performance will include several instruments: ney (reed flute), kudum (small double drum), bendir (big size tambourine without bells), tanbur (long-necked plucked lute), kemenche (bowed lute) and kemanchakanun (box zither).
Join in for a lovely experience at the NCPA