November 25

 

On this day, at the festival, those who wish could get a singing lesson from the singer Nawal herself, and then go on to the fascinating lecture of Professor Efim Anatolievich Rezvan on the culture of Islam in the modern world, a master class on Arabic calligraphy or a master class on Sufi whirling.

 

The day was very rich and bright. Judge for yourself what we learned:

 

  • "The voice is the" muscle "of the soul," according to Nawal, and every cell of your body is involved in the process of singing;

  • According to the forecasts of scientists in the coming decade, every third inhabitant of the Earth will be a Muslim; 

  • the world of Arabic calligraphy fascinates with its refinement, multidimensionality and multivalued images; 

  • Sufi whirling is a special meditation in the dance that opens the heart, fills the body with power and soothes the mind. 

In general, everything can not be conveyed in words ...

12.00 - 15.45 - Vocal workshop with Nawal "Voice of the Heart".

 

Based on the understanding that the voice is the "muscle" of the soul, Nawal teaches how to let the soul lead us, and how to follow it. It is the experience of deep release.

Under the rhythms of the tambourine, we will meet our inner clamps to release negative emotions and establish contact with our inner strength. Drawing inspiration from the Sufi tradition and its rich personal experience, Nawal invites participants to immerse themselves inward. Working with voice involves the whole body in the process.

About the host:

Nawal Mlanao was born in Moroni, the capital of Comoros, in a family with ancient traditions. She has taken part in Sufi rituals since childhood. At the age of 7, Nawal began to play guitar and then mastered traditional African instruments such as gambusi, daf, mbira, Nigerian drum udu, drum halo, flute, etc. Later she moved to France, which she considers her second homeland. Nawal received her music education at the Berlin Conservatory. She also studied at The Roy Hart Theater, in the modern school of psychotherapy and energy correction in Paris, as well as learned from mystics of various schools: Valia, Atum O'Kano, followers of Hazrat Innat Khan, and others.

 

 

16.00 - 17.45 - Lecture "Culture of Islam in the Modern World". (doctor of science, professor EA Rezvan)

 

In the coming decades, every third inhabitant of the Earth will be a Muslim. In recent years we have witnessed well-organized and well-financed attempts to impose on the Muslims of the whole world, including Muslims of Russia, traditions and customs, ritual practice and social guidelines, spiritual and sociopolitical experience of only one, numerically and culturally relatively small part of the Islamic world. Meanwhile, Islam is many-sided. The regional forms of its existence are, as a rule, self-sufficient, and, of course, equal. It is important that only "local Islam", which has absorbed the whole palette of religious traditions and preferences, is inextricably linked with the history of "its" people, with its victories and tragedies and is able to provide an adequate response to the spiritual demands of believers. Only such Islam, being a part of the great Muslim civilization, can become the most important factor of stability in the society. Large international scientific conferences and various publications were devoted to this topic, leading universities included specialized courses in their programs.

About the lecturer:

Efim Anatolievich Rezvan is an Arabist and an Islamic scholar, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, editor-in-chief of the international magazine Manuscripta Orientalia, author of about 300 scientific works, including 11 monographs published in Russian, English, Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Uzbek, Finnish, Persian, Ukrainian, Tatar and other languages.

The main scientific achievements of E. A. Rezvan are connected with the study of archival and manuscript collections of St. Petersburg. The result of studying archival collections was a series of monographs on Russian-Arab relations. Currently, as part of the work on the new Russian translation of the Koran, E.A. Rezvan is completing the full lexico-grammatical commentary on his text, working on the creation of the first ever documented dictionary for the Koran.

 

 

18.00 - 19.45 - Master class on Arabic calligraphy.

 

 At this master class, you will plunge into the mysterious world of Arabic calligraphy with its inherent sophistication, multidimensionality and many-valued images.

What we will do?

• get acquainted with the Arabic alphabet, its symbols and letters writing

• get acquainted with samples of calligraphy created by masters throughout two thousand years

• learn how to make a calligraphy quill from a pencil;

• Together we will make the first steps in Arabic calligraphy - write Tugra - your name is Arabic script;

It is very important for a person to have an inner core, helping to go his own way, overcoming the difficulties and challenges of our time. This is a master class for those who know what he wants to achieve. Tugra is a personal sign, a code, a symbol embedded in the person's name. It is created for a specific person and solves certain tasks.

About the host:

Elena Ruban is an artist, watercolorist, calligrapher, art teacher from the Far East. About seven years ago, studying the Koran, she understood how to combine watercolor and the lines of the Holy Book. After the acquaintance of the artist Vladimir Alexandrovich Popov, Elena independently began to sharpen the skill of calligraphy, transferring the image of a man into Arabic letters and working with symbols.

All materials are provided.

20.00 - 21.45 - Master class on Sufi Whirling.

 

One of the most famous Sufi practices is Sufi whirling (the Arab "Sema" - "listening to the divine"), which became widely known due to the Mevlevi order, to which Jalaladdin Rumi belonged. There are different kinds of "Sema" - in addition to the spinning, it can be either pair or group dances, for example, from the tradition of Yasavy or the Bektashi order. Some interesting forms of movements were preserved in the family tradition of Ingo Taleb Rashid (Iraq-Germany), a sheikh of the Naqshbandi-Rashidiya tradition.

Sufi whirling is technically quite complex meditation - the practitioner needs to continuously rotate around his center like atoms or planets. There are exercises that develop the inner center - the core within us around which our individuality is built.

The master class is intended for those who have initial meditation skills, or already familiar with such systems as yoga or qigong.

About the host:

Ksenia Ponsova - Instructor of the school Ingo Taleb Rashida El Haddawi, dancer and assistant at El Haddawi Dance Company. The student of Ingo Taleb Rashid since 2009.

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