Week 1A July 23rd–28th 2018
Seminar with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan & Shrabani Basu
This week of spiritual investigation and theatre will be dedicated to the heroic and poetic legacy of Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan (1914-1944). Drawing inspiration from Noor’s courage and kindness, we will delve into the ethical practice of Sufi chivalry. At the same time, we will explore Noor’s play, Aede of the Ocean and Land, approaching it as an allegory of the soul’s journey modeled on Homer’s Odyssey.
This week will be a special opportunity to come closer to the presence and wisdom of Noor, whom Pir Vilayat Khan called “the first saint of the Sufi Order.” Noor’s path of chivalry and mysticism leads to a deeper understanding of our selves and the purpose of life. There will be stories—stories of Noor and stories told by Noor—as well as music, theatre, and chivalric contemplation. May Noor’s spirit guide us!!
Shrabani Basu will tell Noor’s story. Peter Kingsley will visit for a talk on spiritual chivalry.
Qahira Wirgman and Darakshan Farber will direct the play and Tarana Jobin will be the Musical Director.
For this program a supplement of CHF 85 or € 75 is to be added to the “base price”.
Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, PhD, also known as Sarafil Bawa, is a scholar and teacher of Sufism in the lineage of his grandfather, Hazrat Inayat Khan. Pir Zia is president of the Inayati Order and founder of Suluk Academy, a school of contemplative study with branches in the United States and Europe. He is the author of Saracen Chivalry and Mingled Waters. Pir Zia divides his time between the USA and France.
Shrabani Basu is a London-based journalist and best-selling author. Her books include the critically acclaimed For King and Another Country; Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-18, Victoria & Abdul; The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant; Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan and Curry, The Story of Britain’s Favourite Dish.
She is the founder and chair of the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust which campaigned for a memorial for the World War II heroine in London. It was unveiled by Princess Anne on 8 November 2012.
Her book Victoria & Abdul has been made into a major film by Oscar nominated director Stephen Frears and stars Judi Dench and Ali Fazal.
Shrabani has appeared in several television and radio programmes including BBC Television’s Saturday Kitchen and The One Show, Heston Blumenthal’s Great British Food on Channel 4 and Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. She has also appeared in several BBC and Channel Four documentaries.
Tarana dedicates her talent to the One who gave it to her, and the Message of love, harmony and beauty.
After graduating from Suluk in the Gulzar class in 2015 she took a full-time job as Resident Conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. She will leave this position just before Zenith Camp 2018 in order to move to Richmond, Virginia to be near the Astana, while maintaining a freelance career as a conductor.