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For Immediate Release
November 26, 2013

IPFW Professor to Lecture on Devotional Music

Key Info

  • "Mysticism, Musicality, and Folk Epic: The Tragedy of Hir-Ranjha in a Kafi Performed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (d. 1997)," December 2, noon–1:15 p.m., Science Building, Room 185, IPFW campus
  • Lecture by Erik Ohlander, associate professor of religious studies
  • Event is free and open to the public
  • Media invited to attend and cover this event

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—As part the College of Arts and Science’s First Mondays series, Erik Ohlander, associate professor of religious studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), will present “Mysticism, Musicality, and Folk Epic: The Tragedy of Hir-Ranjha in a Kafi Performed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (d. 1997)” in the Science Building, Room 185 on December 2 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Ohlander will discuss the Indo-Muslim musical tradition known as qawwali (a form of Sufi devotional music), specifically through the work of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who is known as one of the greatest singers in this tradition. This talk will examine Kahn’s performance of a kafi (a form of Sufi religious poetry, often set to music) that references the epic of Hir-Ranjha, a popular Punjab tragic romance, and how poignant images are used programmatically to communicate certain mystical ideas and teachings which might otherwise be obscured in other, less accessible registers of the performance.

First Mondays is a student-focused series sponsored by COAS. First Mondays presentations feature COAS faculty discussing interesting aspects of their research interests in a relaxed atmosphere. These allow IPFW students to delve into and learn about research areas often not covered in the classroom.

Presentations are free and the public is encouraged to attend. The media are invited to attend and cover this event.

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