A Sufi Voice of Pakistan: A Conversation with Sanam Marvi
“Deeply resonant. Sublime. Transporting.”
—The International News (Pakistan)
Preceding her rare, one-night only performance at BAM, Asia Society presents an intimate evening of music and conversation with superstar Pakistani singer Sanam Marvi, offering insights into the music, vocal techniques, and philosophy of her repertory in this lecture-demonstration, which will include Marvi performing several songs.
About Sanam Marvi:
Born in 1986, Marvi hails from the small city of Hyderabad, in Sindh. By the age of 7, she began singing with her father, Faqir Ghulam Rasool, during festivals and ceremonies held at shrines throughout Pakistan’s Sindh and Punjab provinces. Female performers are fairly common at these festivals, but Marvi’s voice stood out for its range and clarity. She continued her studies under noted gurus, including Ustad Fateh Ali Khan at the Gwailor gharana (school). Now a rising star across the subcontinent, Marvi made a breakout performance on Pakistan national television in 2009. Her powerful and revelatory interpretations of the sub-continent’s mystics reach across cultural borders and generations to offer solace in our uncertain and often troubled times.
Marvi’s interpretations -- she sings in Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, and Saraiki -- transcend the ordinary, drawing listeners from outside the cultural world of the South Asian Sufi saints into their message. “Vocal music across cultures shares many attributes; people shouldn’t feel intimidated musically,” she insists. “It’s great to understand the poetry, but that’s not the most important thing. If you come with an open heart, we will connect.”
Presented in conjunction with Sanam Marvi at BAM, Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 pm.
Center Stage is a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Center Stage Pakistan is made possible by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, and the Henry Luce Foundation. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.
Part of Asia Society's ongoing initiative Creative Voices of Muslim Asia, supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and the New York State Council on the Arts.