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‘Ask Hafiz’ is performance integrating story-telling, poetry, dance and music. The show tells the immigration story of Sahar Muradi's tumultuous journey from a Soviet-ruled Afghanistan to Queens. Along the way, Sahar, following an age-old practice, asks questions to the book of poetry by Hafiz. The answers are revealed through songs composed and sung by Haleh Liza, dance choreographed and performed by Malini Srinivasan, music by Adam Maalouf, Trina Basu, Bala Skandan and Rich Stein.
Hafiz, the 14th-century Persian poet and mystic, is an ancient voice connecting the people of South Asia, the Middle East and the US, linking the past to our ever-evolving present.
Sahar Muradi- poet/spoken word
Haleh Liza Gafori- vocal
Rich Stein- percussion
Trina Basu- violin
Adam Maalouf- cello
Bala Skandan- mrdangam
Malini Srinivasan is a third-generation Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer and teacher, and the disciple of Guru Sri C.V. Chandrasekhar. A critically acclaimed soloist, her creative work bridges the gap between traditional and modern worlds. Malini is dedicated to developing new dance works through commissioning music for dance from composers in world music traditions. Her work has been presented by prestigious venues including The Winter Garden (NYC), The Smithsonian Folklife Festival (DC), LaMama Moves! (NYC), The Music Academy (Chennai), the Wasserkiche (Zurich), and the New York Fringe Festival. She has been awarded the NYC Fringe Award for Excellence, QCA Individual Artist Grants, and a New Music USA grant. Based in New York City, Malini is committed to spreading a deep understanding of Indian classical traditions through teaching. She has been a visiting artist/lecturer at Princeton University, Wellesley College and Colgate University and SUNY Stony Brook. She teaches at the Consulate General of India and works in arts-in-education programs at City Lore. www.malinisrinivasan.com
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