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Allah Hoo by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

“Allah Hoo” from the Monsoon Wedding soundtrack (courtesy NPR)

March 4th, 2010|Music, Sufi poetry|2 Comments

Sufi Zikr – inspiration for a painting

This is a painting that I revisited and converted its earlier abstract form into a calligraphic experiment. Now the challenge was that in addition to the lack of training in oil painting, I was also a novice in calligraphy. Anyway, the image inside Rumi's tomb that I posted on this blog earlier as well as the three attributes of the Almighty helped me in putting this together. The letters in the centre are Hu (affirmation of the Divine presence and a Sufi chant) and its mirror image.

What was said to the Rose…

“What was said to the rose that made it open,
Was said to me, here in my chest.”

I was struck by this image of Hu inside Rumi’s tomb in Konya. It is a unique calligraphic style with layers of meaning. Hu is juxtaposed with its mirror image resembling the internal experience of a Sufi – […]

August 8th, 2006|Rumi|1 Comment