group of enthusiast artists is organizing in Romania the first tour on Persian classical
music (Sufi). Two artists from the Sufi movement in Iran will share to the Romanian
audience the treasures of Persian maqams (equivalent of raga in perso-arabic
music) in works composed on the realized poets verses: Rumi and Hafez.
tour includes not only concerts, but also a Persian classical music workshop
held in National Music University Bucharest, a conference about Persian Sufi
poets and a gala concert with savant monody music: Persian, Indian, Byzantine, and
Saeed Dadkhah: Setar and voice (Iran)
Sanaei: Violin, Kamancheh (Iran)
Anne Marie Ene - Indian violin
Ioan Marin - voice (Romanian traditional music)
Cantores Ecclesiae Byzantine music group
Brasov Philharmonic 11th January 2017
Ploiesti Philharmonic: 13th January 2017
St. Joseph Cathedral Bucharest:
14th January 2017 – International Gala Concert
„Mihail Jora” Bacău Philharmonic – 16th January 2017
OneştiCity Library: 17th January 2017
Focşani Popular Athenaeum: 18th January
Romanian Athenaeum: 21st January 2017
Cluj Napoca Radio: 25th and 27th January 2017
Cotton Club Cluj: 26th of January 2017
the brand of Brailoiu Conferences
NationalMusicUniversityBucharest: 20th January 2017 Music Academy Cluj Napoca: 26th January 2017
This city was founded in 600 B C, the city of Tomis went along history under Goth, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Bulgarian, Romanian and Ottoman rule. Each of these culture left marks in the developing of the city, known nowadays as a major harbour to the Black Sea. More about Constanta here
We visited the city and some of the museums this summer. We started with the mosque, since it is the only local cultural element which reminds us of Asia and, why not, India. On the wall in the right side there was a strange thing happening. Due to humidity, the dampness of the wall created there a face. a portrait. we could identify it with the one of socrates, as it appears in sculptures.
Now it really reminded us of Istanbul!
We visited also the Catholic church, which had a swastika on the tower.
Just as this city should look like, generally
We loved the mosaics from the museum that seem to be an ancient Roman bath. It reminded me of the Mosaic Museum in Istanbul.
The Hamangia Thinker, 5th millennium BC
We also visited the History museum and his temporary exhibition. We met the Thracian Cavalier, Cybele goddess (Greek-Roman Durga), or Greek Hecate triformis, which reminded us more about Hindu deities, with the 6 hands full of weapons.
Hecate triformisCybele goddess
The Thracian rider
The most impressive meeting was with the Glycon Snake, deity of Macedonian origin which represents the Kundalini energy.
This area, at least has two official languages: Finnish and Swedish. It has
only 58000 inhabitants and it is surrounded by many islands, which every year come
out of the sea. It is an archipelago with a particular charm and beauty. Here
the local people spend the summers in their cottages, located near the sea,
perhaps on islands. As in all Northern countries, summers here are very bright
and are blessed by the day light longer than anywhere else. I had many
surprises, started from the very first day. The autistic hotel I lived, with
everything online and electronic and no reception and person to talk to, the
flowers I haven’t seen anywhere else, the gees and the rabbits that you could
find just everywhere. In those days I was staying there, I met wonderful
people, I experienced the local tradition of daily sauna and cold bath in sea after,
I tasted various types of food, from home cooked to Egyptian and Thai. Of
course, the greatest joy is to meet your sahaji brothers and sisters. I just felt home in the beautiful sahaj center, together with my family and we celebrated together Shri Krishna puja. But, besides being pampered by my new friends
there, also the nature fulfilled my dreams and wishes. Who doesn’t want to
experiment seeing the Polar lights? Well, I saw them! It was a wonderful light
show created by nature. And also, when I was playing myself with the angle, a caught
a pike fish. To these I add the tour and the nice dinner offered by Kalle and Lena, their wonderful stories and jokes and the walks in
the woods, searching for berries, mushrooms and rabbits. The only unfulfilled
dream was to see a reindeer. Ok. Next time maybe!
Istanbul is a city that bears a history from
the ancient time, going to the Byzantine Empire and the beginning of official
Christianity and then falling under the Ottoman conquerors and establishing the
Islamic era. The mix of work, tourism and spirituality was a very happy one in
my case. I was there for a concert of George Enescu Philharmonic Choir together
with Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra with opera Norma by Vincenzo Bellini. This
opera has the famous aria Casta Diva, which was often offered to Shri Mataji in
musical programs. I succeeded in joining a sahaj program while I was there. I
understood they are 100 yogis for a population of 14 millions, which is very
little. But the Islamic propaganda is very aggressive this time. I remember
that 20 years ago I haven’t seen many women wearing hijab. Now half of them do.
Especially the young ones. And they look pretty arrogant too. Turkey is a laic
state, though, due to Kemal Atatürk, a realized soul.
What I find very beautiful there is the mix of
the Christian vestiges and the Islamic art. Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque
situated on the two ends of a square are just a sample. While visiting Chora
Church, which it is famous for her mosaics and fresco, I found out the canons
of the representing the Holy Virgin and her mother in early Christianity. First
of all, the pronaos of the church represents the whole life of the Holy Mother
of Christ and we can see that She is equal important in that time with Jesus.
The color for the Saint Anna (Mother of the Virgin) is pink (Shri Lakshmi),
while the color of the Virgin’s clothes is blue (Shri Radha). Also, the
Creation it is represented as a spiral (Kundalini) which has on her sides the
Sun and the Moon. Enjoy the pictures!