KARACHI: – The Siraj Institute of Sindh Studies (SISS), a non-profit that aims to promote the culture, literature and language of Sindh, is going to organize a two-day International Lateef Festival on 03rd and 04th February 2018 at PC Hotel, Karachi.
The festival theme is ‘Connecting Global Mystic Trends’ having aim to highlight the common message of love, tolerance, brotherhood and coexistence among Pakistani society as well as the international community. This information was revealed by Dr Fahmida Hussain- SISS Chair at a press conference on 26th Jan here at a local hotel.
A musical evening with Abida Parveen, a legendary Sufi music singer, is one of the most anticipated parts of the festival. Moreover, scholars from Iran, Turkey, India, UK and all over Pakistan will speak in panels as well as present their papers on the great Mystic poets, exploring the common factors among them.
Fahmida further said the comparative study of Shah Lateef with poets of various languages is the main objective of this festival. The poets to be discussed are Rumi, Hafiz Shirazi, Saadi, Attar, Allama Iqbal, Bhagat Kabir, Bulleh Shah, Khawja Ghulam Farid, Sachal Sarmast, William Blake.
At the end of first-day proceedings a video screening of Moomal Rano and Parrado So Sadd (by Siraj Memon) will be presented and at the end, Abida Parveen will sing Sufi poetry of Bhittai and other poets. On the second day, Saif Samejo, Shabnam Virmani and Vipul Rikhi from India will sing Bhittai and Kabir respectively and Sheema Kermani will present a dance performance on Moomal Rano of Shah Lateef.
The invitation is open for all lovers of Mysticism and Shah Lateef from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm., except the music program having entry by card only and by online registration on the institution website.
Siraj Institute of Sindh Studies was established to honour the memory of Mr Sirajul Haque Memon, one of the greatest scholars, an intellectual, an exceptional author, a journalist and lawyer of Sindh.