Muhammad Iqbal, was a South Asian Muslim writer, philosopher, and politician, whose poetry in the Urdu language is considered among the greatest of the twentieth century. Yet Iqbal seems a mystery and remains relatively undiscovered in the West when compared to poets and philosophers such as Rumi or Hafez. Salaam Festival presents a brand new vision and interpretation of one of Mohammed Iqbal’s most famous and controversial poems, Shikwa (Complaint).
This newly imagined musical work will be written and composed by Rushil Ranjan and performed by Manchester Camerata featuring Abi Sampa as vocalist. “To interpret a work as significant as Allama Iqbal’s Shikwa -in such a new and ground-breaking way – is an opportunity that I am deeply grateful for. To be able to voice this interpretation with an orchestra as accomplished as the Manchester Camerata is a real privilege. The essence of the poem itself is so deeply spiritual and simultaneously so human – in the most nuanced of ways.” Artist, Rushil Ranjan.
Salaam Festival is a Manchester-based biennial festival that explores the future of Muslim art and culture through the production of original, new work and presenting artists across disciplines and genres.