Sacred Music of Qawwali with Riffat Sultana


Sufi Women Luncheon

SWO Luncheon on Saturday, October 8, 20111

The Sufi Women Organization luncheon on Saturday, October 8, 2011, featured musician and vocalist Riffat Sultana accompanied on 12 string guitar by her husband and producer, Richard Michos.  Riffat is the daughter of the legendary classical singer, the late Maestro Ustad Slamat Ali Khan.  Riffat is the first woman from her family’s musical lineage to publicly perform in the west.

The crowd had a chance to converse, and network over varieties of tasteful dishes. After lunch, the enthusiastic crowd was treated to a variety of devotional and ecstatic Pakistani Sufi songs.  Riffat shared her devotion to her spiritual teachers in both word and song.  She also sang some music that she recently performed with Quincy Jones’ Global Gumbo group at the Mawazine Festival in Morocco.  As Riffat and Richard generously shared their music, the crowd responded with excitement, enthusiasm, and great appreciation for the enchanted performance.

Those in attendance were eager to hear that the next SWO luncheon will be on Saturday, November 19, 2011, featuring the works of artist Salma Arastu. Salma Arastu, born in India, has been painting for more than thirty years, since earning her degree in Fine Arts.  She will be featuring how she brings Rumi’s poetic expressions into the most beautiful works of art.

Co-sponsored by Starr King School for the Ministry:
Multi-religious | Counter-oppressive | Student-centered.

The Sufi Women Organization, a forum for women of diverse cultural backgrounds, is a department of the International Association of Sufism, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Nations. Established in 1993, SWO’s humanitarian goals include women’s rights, education, and social equity.

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